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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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Paisleyite Movement and Ulster Unionism in 1966 by Margaret OCallaghan

This article by Margaret O’Callaghan looks at the early Paisley as he came to prominence at the time of the 1966 commemorations of the Easter Rising in Belfast. At that time the RIC were worried about what they saw as his movement.

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Welcome Programme for New Students

Welcome Programme for New Students September 2014 available here.


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Youth exchange opportunity to Japan for students

Fully funded youth exchange opportunity to Japan for students over the age of 23!

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PISP hosts roundtable on local government reform

1 September 2014

The School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy at Queen’s, in association with the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), will host a roundtable discussion on Monday 1st September with senior officials involved in the ongoing reform of local authorities in Northern Ireland.  The guest speaker is Prof. Brian Dollery, Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Local Government at the University of New England in Australia, who will address the theme of ‘Local Government Mergers and Reform: International lessons and good practice’. Prof Dollery has written extensively on local government structure, finance and reform, and will speak to invited participants about developments in Australia and elsewhere concerning local council amalgamation, asset management, shared services and local infrastructure finance.

The roundtable convenors are Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh (PISP) and Dr Ken Bishop (NILGA and PISP).

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Supplementary Resit examinations and exceptional circumstances-related appeals

The publication date for Supplementary Resit examination results will be Tuesday 2 September 2014.

If students deem there are any exceptional circumstances which may have had a direct impact on academic performance during the Semester, please see important information at

Where students consider performance has been adversely affected by exceptional circumstances,the relevant evidence must be provided to the School General Office by the following deadlines:

(i)   Within three working days of returning to study or,

(ii)   In the case of emergencies which arose during examinations, by 4.00 pm on Wednesday 27 August 2014.

Please note that evidence which could have been submitted before the deadline but was withheld until after the publication of results for any reason cannot be considered as part of an academic appeal.


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Margaret O’Callaghan on new series of Who do you think you are advising Julie Walters

Margaret O’ Callaghan , author of British High Politics and a Nationalist Ireland ;Criminality, Land and the Law Under Forster and Balfour  appears on the first programme of the new series of Who do you think you are  advising Julie Walters  on her great grandfather’s role in the Land War in Mayo in the late nineteenth century. Click here for further details.

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Prof Yvonne Galligan to chair 'Markievicz Commission'

FF counts on 1916 icon to attract female candidates

Fianna Fail has named its women's Dáil candidate recruitment group the "Markievicz Commission" and party leaders have persuaded Professor Yvonne Galligan of Queen's University Belfast, the leading authority on gender in politics, to chair it. Details available here

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Prof Dave Archard appointed Chair of ‘Science in Culture’ Advisory Group,Arts & Humanities Research Council

Professor Dave Archard has been appointed Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council  ‘Science in Culture’ Advisory Group. ‘Science in Culture’ is one of the AHRC’s four strategic themes, and aims to develop the reciprocal relationship between the sciences on the one hand, and arts and humanities on the other:

He will hold the position for an initial period of three years. 

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Elodie Fabre to talk at event on post-referendum Scotland

Elodie Fabre to talk at event on post-referendum Scotland at the Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change/ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland Hub, University of Edinburgh, on Thursday 26 June.

The event, supported by the British Academy, will debate scenarios for post-referendum Scotland.  Dr Fabre will talk about opportunities for citizen engagement in politics after the referendum on Scottish independence.

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Dr Stefan Andreasson to speak on resource nationalism

Dr Stefan Andreasson has been invited to speak on resource nationalism in sub-Saharan Africa's energy markets at the 27th June inaugural symposium of the Africa Research Forum at the University of Lincoln in conjunction with the Lincoln School of Business: Governance in Africa: A One-Day Symposium 

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Prof Rick Wilford to deliver The Speaker’s Lecture,Senate Chamber at Parliament Buildings

Professor Rick Wilford has been invited to deliver The Speaker’s Lecture in the Senate Chamber at Parliament Buildings, Stormont at 7pm on 17 June. The lecture, ‘Two Cheers for Consociational Democracy?’ will be given to an invited audience and will be followed by a reception marking Professor Wilford’s impending retirement.

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Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the road to war.

Universities Ireland, the network of university presidents and vice-chancellors on the island of Ireland, sponsored the third in a series of conferences to commemorate the centenary of key events in the history of modern Ireland ranging from the Ulster Covenant, through the First World War and the 1916 Rising, to the foundation of the Irish and Northern Irish Statesin Belfast City Hall on Saturday 14th June under the title Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the road to war.

Programe details available here

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Academic Reflections

A set of five filmed discussions on NI politics & devolution involving Professor Rick Wilford and Dr Cathy Gormley-Heenan (UU) have been published on the NI Assembly’s Education Service website. Designed primarily for sixth formers, the videos range over a number of topics including elections, committees and legislation and can be found at  - ‘Academic Reflections’.

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The Girl-The Woman:Generational Borders Symposium

Back L-R Laura Hughes (Kabosh Theatre Co), Julia Paul (QUB), Paula McFetridge (Kabosh), Fiona Alderdice (QUB) Front L-R: Maria Deiana, Victoria Montgomery (both PISP), Kerri Quinn (Kabosh) & Linda Price (QUB)
Dr Victoria Montgomery and Dr Maria Deiana were participants at The Girl - The Woman: Generational Borders Symposium, 22-23 May 2014.  This symposium is part of The Girl - The Woman: Beyond Global and Generational Borders research project, which brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers who share an interest in how being a girl and a woman is constructed across times, places and cultures. 

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A One Day Conference 25 June 2014

Organised by the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), and supported by the Political Studies Association (PSA ) Specialist Groups on Britishness and on Irish Politics.

Programme and details available here

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Milton-Edwards: UK Government Review of the Muslim Brotherhood

Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, Chair of Politics in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy  has been invited by the FCO and Home Office to contribute to Prime Minister Cameron’s recently commissioned Government Review of the Muslim Brotherhood and of government policy towards the organization. The Prime Minister has commissioned an internal government review into the philosophy, activities, impact and influence on UK national interests, at home and abroad, of the Muslim Brotherhood and of government policy towards the organization.

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New Queen’s app could have surprise in store for EU election voters

Researchers at Queen’s have come up with a novel user-friendly ‘app’ to help members of the public decide who to vote for in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

The EU Vox14 app,, asks a range of questions, including some Northern Ireland-specific ones, in relation to anonymised policy statements, in order to identify which prospective MEP most closely matches a voter’s values. It can be accessed on a smartphone, tablet or any other gadget with internet access.

The Northern Ireland Voting Advice Application (VAA) was developed by researchers at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's, led by Dr John Garry, as part of a larger EU-wide project known as EUVOX.

For further information see here

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