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Strong POLSIS presence at APSA Annual Meeting

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POLSIS academics presented research at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.
Date:
Tuesday 26th September 2017

POLSIS Academic Elected APSA Section Treasurer

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Dr. Gerasimos Tsourapas elected Treasurer of the American Political Science Association Migration & Citizenship Section.
Date:
Monday 25th September 2017

Alumni Profile: Ellen Moser

Alumni Profile: Ellen Moser
Description
What attracted me to this course in particular was fact that it balances theory with practice, which makes it quite unique compared to other courses which focus nearly exclusively on a theoretical approach.
Date:
Tuesday 29th August 2017

POLSIS Academic Discusses Migration Diplomacy in Jordan

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Dr. Gerasimos Tsourapas gave a public lecture on the international politics of Middle East migration in Amman, Jordan.
Date:
Thursday 17th August 2017

Alumni Profile: Juweria Ali

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One of the really interesting things about this masters programme was that we were taught by internationally recognised academics, we also had experts and practitioners on the topics we were studying come in and actually lead our seminars; for instance, Jamie Shea (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emerging Security Challenges) from NATO.
Date:
Thursday 17th August 2017

Alumni Profile: Brittany Atkinson

Alumni Profile: Brittany Atkinson
Description
The course was all around excellent. I particularly enjoyed the five-day training programme, opportunity to complete a work placement, and the module diversity. The degree has helped me make a major career change. Following the degree, I am now pursuing a career that I am passionate about in national security.
Date:
Thursday 17th August 2017

Alumni Profile: Hannah Keogh

Alumni Profile: Hannah Keogh
Description
I really enjoyed studying under the real leaders in my field. The course was assessed in a varied way, without too much emphasis on exams, which I believe allowed me to strengthen skills which would be more useful professionally.
Date:
Thursday 17th August 2017

POLSIS Academic Edits Annual Review of the European Union

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The latest JCMS Annual Review of the European Union co-edited by Tim Haughton of POLSIS for the past nine years has just been published.
Date:
Wednesday 16th August 2017

PhD student awarded scholarship for San Diego workshop

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Ana Alecsandru, a doctoral researcher with the ICCS, recently attended the 2017 'Public Policy and Nuclear Threats' workshop in San Diego.
Date:
Wednesday 9th August 2017

Podcast: Roundtable: The UK terror attacks

Podcast: Roundtable: The UK terror attacks
Description
Between March and June 2017, the UK suffered four separate terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park which killed 36 people and injured over 200. The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham brought together a cross-college panel of experts to address issues of radicalization, security and foreign policy, policing and intelligence, and counter-terrorism legislation. The panel explored the possible motivations for the attacks, review counter-terrorism policy in view of the uncertain state of UK domestic politics, and discuss how to mitigate the likelihood of similar attacks in the future.
Date:
Wednesday 9th August 2017

POLSIS Staff Discussing War, Peace, Traumatised Societies, and Shakespeare at The Royal Shakespeare Company

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As part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare's Rome series, Dr Christalla Yakinthou was invited to discuss the relevance of their current production, Antony and Cleopatra, to today's world (Friday 04 August 2017).
Date:
Tuesday 8th August 2017

Department Gets Two New Leverhulme Fellowships

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Two staff members at POLSIS have been awarded prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships.
Date:
Wednesday 26th July 2017

The Tragedy of Brexit: Pro-European Mobilisation After the Referendum

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Written by Charlotte Galpin, Lecturer in German and European Politics, Verena Brändle, PhD student in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen and Hans-Jörg Trenz is Professor for Modern European Studies in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen and ARENA, University of Oslo.
Date:
Friday 14th July 2017

If you think David Davis has U-turned on ID cards, think again

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Written by Dr Charlotte Galpin, University of Birmingham. Government plans to introduce official documents for EU citizens to prove their right to live in the UK have some people surprised.
Date:
Tuesday 11th July 2017

Students and staff win awards at the University Graduate School Awards 2017

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Doctoral research students in IDD and POLSIS win awards at the recent University Graduate School Awards while Dr Adam Quinn wins the award for Excellence in Doctoral Research Supervision, College of Social Sciences.
Date:
Tuesday 11th July 2017

Deal or no deal: Why Brexit makes learning German more important than ever

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Written by Dr Nicholas Martin. "By definition, though, cultural and educational exchange is not a one-way street. In its own vital interest, the UK must make the development of language skills and cultural exchange a policy priority in its plans for life after Brexit."
Date:
Monday 10th July 2017

POLSIS Staff Attend Inaugural Departmental Conference

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POLSIS academics and students attended the first annual POLSIS Departmental Conference, featuring a keynote address by Prof. Ole Waever (University of Copenhagen).
Date:
Monday 3rd July 2017

Call for papers: 'German Politics in Times of Populism'

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The German Politics Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association (PSA), supported by the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham, invite proposals for papers for a one-day workshop on the theme of 'German Politics in Times of Populism'. The workshop will be held at the University of Birmingham on Friday, 17 November 2017.
Date:
Thursday 29th June 2017

New publication: Rethinking assessment and feedback

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POLSIS staff commitment to the best in assessment and feedback is highlighted in a recent special issue of the journal European Political Science.
Date:
Tuesday 27th June 2017

General Election 2017: Reactions

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Written by Professor Catherine Needham, Professor David Dunn, Dr Matt Cole, Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay. "Having sought an increased majority, the Conservatives now find themselves in a minority, though still in government, and within days of the start of Brexit negotiations. The electoral process which the British public did not seek has produced an outcome few politicians wanted. It will be another test of the difficult dialogue between the political class and their frustrated electorate."
Date:
Monday 12th June 2017
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