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QUB-China Scholarship Council Joint Awards 2015

It has been confirmed that a maximum of ten studentship places for QUB-China Scholarship Council awards will be funded for 2015-16.

Related details are available here.



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PhD Studentships in Politics,International Studies & Philosophy

PhD Study Commencing 2015

The School of Politics, International Studies & Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast is pleased to announce a number of funding opportunities for PhD students beginning September 2015. We welcome student proposals in a wide range of scholarly areas, with particular emphasis on the following:

  • Governance and Public Policy
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Ethnic Conflict
  • Contemporary Irish History
  • Political Theory
  • Philosophy

Details on School funding opportunities available here.

Further information on all these funding opportunities can be found on our webpages:

Likewise, you can contact Dr. Debbie Lisle for more information:

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Faculty of Arts Humanities & Social Sciences PhD Studentship Awards 2015 entry

Details for these studentship awards are available here.

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Middle East Expert to Cabinet Office Whitehall for Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan analysis

Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, Professor of Politics, was invited to share her expertise at the Cabinet Office, Whitehall on UK policy directions for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

At the workshop a range of UK Government officials from across Whitehall including the Cabinet Office, DFID, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, SIS, GCHQ and Defence Intelligence listened to inputs from Prof. Milton-Edwards as they pertained to Jordan’s domestic as well as regional challenges.    


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Interdisciplinary Research Group holds two events on Policing in Rio de Janeiro with Brazilian researchers
Dr Ignacio Cano answers questions about his research on policing in Rio de Janeiro
Dr Ignacio Cano answers questions about his research on policing in Rio de Janeiro
Dr Ignacio Cano and Dr Andrea Mayr lead a workshop on representations of policing in Brazilian media
Dr Ignacio Cano and Dr Andrea Mayr lead a workshop on representations of policing in Brazilian media

In October the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Policing Extremes held a public lecture and workshop focused on aspects of policing training, accountability, and new forms of community policing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the speakers was Dr. Ignacio Cano who is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Lead Researcher in the Laboratory for the Analysis of Violence in the Department of Social Sciences at Rio State University, Rio de Janeiro. He has published widely on public security and police human rights abuses in Brazil.

Over the course of the two events, Dr. Cano summarized the current state of violent crime and police responses, often resulting in police discharging their weapons and the deaths of suspects. However, he also highlighted a policing program instituted in parts of Rio de Janeiro beginning in 2008 called the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs). In certain areas of the city, UPPs have helped to stabilize violence crime and pioneer a new form of community-led policing. Dr. Cano and Dr. Andrea Mayr from the School of English at QUB also discussed the representation of violence and policing through various forms of media in Brazil. They explained how such imagery forms idealizes conceptions of policing as engaging in violence with suspected criminals, which has been to the detriment of more pacifying approaches such at the UPPs.

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Say goodbye to exam stress

First year exam study session with the Learning Development Centre and your Peer Mentors!

Location:  Sociology and Social Work/01/037

Date:  Wednesday 10 Dec. 2014

Time: 14:00 to 15:00


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Postgraduate Open Day 1st December 2014

Ready to be inspired?

Join us for our Post Grad Open Day and you’ll meet world-class academics and cutting-edge researchers who’ll help you find your perfect route. Plus we'll help you get on course to success with advice on everything from careers and culture to fees and funding.

Find out more and register here

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Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards lecture at Durham University

Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards has been invited to the School of Government and International Affairs, at Durham University to give a lecture on Monday 24th November 2014 entitled “After the Third Gaza War: Hamas and Future Calculations.”   

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Word count in PISP assignments


Word count in PISP assignments is inclusive of ALL in text references but NOT the Bibliography or any material included in appendix or appendices

On behalf of: Professor David Phinnemore, Head of School and Professor Milton-Edwards, Director of Education

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AHSS Open Evenings November

Helping students and parents make informed decisions together

Thursday 13 November 2014, 6.15pm - 8.45pm: Whitla Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

Thursday 20 November 2014, 6.30pm - 8.30pm: Canal Court Hotel, Newry

Thursday 27 November 2014, 6.30pm - 8.30pm: Everglades Hotel, Derry/Londonderry

Details available here

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AS Level Politics Conference


The annual conference which the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy holds for 6th form pupils studying for the AS ‘Government and Politics’ examination on the theme ‘The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland’, will be held on Friday 12 December 2014 in the Elmwood Hall. The itinerary is available here and a booking form for this event can be downloaded here.
In the meantime, if you’ve any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the School.

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Professor John Barry Visiting Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center Munich May-July 2015

Professor John Barry has been accepted as a Visiting Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich from May-July 2015. The centre is one of the world’s leading research centres on social science research into environmental issues and sustainability.

Professor Barry will be  working on a publication and empirical research project entitled: ‘Beyond economic growth: green political economy, sustainability and human flourishing'.

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Fergal McFerran - Young Social Action Ambassador

Many congratulations to Fergal McFerran (third year, PPE) who has been selected by the UK Cabinet Office as a Young Social Action Ambassador in recognition of his excellence in volunteering. As an Ambassador, Fergal will be part of a UK-wide network helping government, as part of its Step Up to Serve initiative, to find exceptional examples of volunteers from across the UK.

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Call for Nominations for Course Representatives

Calling all students for nominations for Course Representatives.  Represent your course/year at the Student Staff Consultative Committee and help improve your time at Queens! Applications can be filled in at the school office (25 Uni Square).

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Middle East Expert to Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Gaza crisis

Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, Professor of Politics, was invited to share her expertise at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on UK policy directions in the wake of the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. Prof. Milton-Edwards was invited by the European Council on Foreign Relations to speak at the event.  

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Joe Morrison appointed Director of the British Philosophical Association

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Morrison who has been appointed Director of the British Philosophical Association.

The BPA is the subject association for Philosophy as an academic discipline in the UK, it represents the interests and concerns of professional philosophers in discussions with the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Quality Assurance Agency, the Higher Education Authority, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The BPA seeks:

  • to promote the study of Philosophy, particularly within higher and secondary education but also in the wider community
  • to assist professional philosophers in carrying out their teaching, scholarship and research in Philosophy
  • to foster interest in and appreciation of Philosophy in the wider community
  • to express the views of the community of professional philosophers in Britain to relevant bodies, both within higher education and beyond.

For further information on the British Philosophical Association, see

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