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Prof Rick Wilford on the NI model of devolution

Professor Rick Wilford addresses a visiting delegation of Jordanian Parliamentarians on the NI model of devolution at 3pm today, 5th March.

The address will be delivered at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, as part of a programme of events during a fact-finding visit by the Jordanians.

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International Womens Day 8 March

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, OUP will be releasing a virtual issue of Parliamentary Affairs, containing ten recently published or forthcoming articles dealing with women and politics.

Articles by Professor Yvonne Galligan and doctoral candidate Neil Matthews have been selected for inclusion in this editors' choice issue. Professor Galligan and Professor Kathleen Knight (Columbia University) analyse public support in Northern Ireland and Ireland for the inclusion of more women in elected politics. Neil Matthews explores the gendered nature of candidate selection in Northern Ireland.

They, along with other women/gender and politics articles, are listed here:

and are free to download for a limited time.

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US students to visit PISP

A group of 12 International Relations students from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles is visiting Queens next week.  There will be a “meet and greet” session on Wednesday 5th of March between 12:00 and 13:00 in PFC/03/006 to provide an opportunity for Queens students to meet some of their American counterparts.  Tea and Coffee will be provided.  I hope that we give them a warm welcome!!

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Open Day Finding Out More 2014
Politics IR Undergraduate Research Conference

We are delighted to announce a Call for Papers/Posters for the first Politics/IR Undergraduate Research Conference. The aim of this conference is to showcase the best undergraduate research in Politics and IR, to encourage students to think of themselves as researchers and to experience academic research first hand.

We invite students taking single or joint honours degrees in Politics, International Relations, Government, European Studies or related disciplines from across the UK are invited to submit paper proposals. Contributions are welcome on any topic within Politics and IR (broadly defined). We anticipate that the majority of the proposals will be based upon final year projects or dissertations but other research based proposals are welcome. Each proposal will be viewed on its merits. The conference is open to recent graduates although preference will be given to current undergraduates.

This advice on the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) website is a model of good practice: “Please make sure your abstract has a concise title, is no more than 200 words long, has references to 3 key texts and is understandable across the discipline. We strongly recommend that you seek advice from your personal tutor or dissertation/project supervisor prior to submission”.

Please submit abstracts along with your name and contact details to: Deadline for Abstracts: Feb 24th 2014  

Please ensure subject line reads: The first Politics/IR Undergraduate Research Conference Successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2014.

A limited number of travel/accomodation grants will be available, subject to selection based on conference involvement and financial resources. The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy will also grant up to £100 for students to attend this conference! Attendance at the conference will be free. Refreshments will be provided.

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Panel discussion on ‘Political Institutions and Public Engagement

On Tuesday 1 October 2013, the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy hosted a panel discussion focusing on the theme of ‘Political Institutions and Public Engagement’, which was held in the Great Hall at Queen’s University.  The main participants were:

  • The Right Honourable John Bercow, Speaker of  the House of Commons;
  • Mr William Hay, MLA and Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and
  • Mr Seán Barrett, TD and Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) of Dáil Éireann.

The event was chaired by Professor Rick Wilford, during which the panel received questions from an audience including invited guests, as well as students and academics from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.

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Queen's Q-Step Centre: QUB awarded £19.5 million to improve quantitative skills in UK:

Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Over a five-year period from 2013, fifteen universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers.

Q-Step was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates. It is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). For more information go to

The Queen's Q-Step Centreis a collaboration between the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and School of Mathematics and Physics.

Centre Co-ordinators are Prof Mike Tomlinson and Dr Emma Calvert in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work ( The coordinator in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy is Dr. John Garry.

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Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) 2013-14

The Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, formally partnering a legislative arm of government – the Assembly - with academia. Aiming to encourage debate and improve understanding, KESS provides a forum to present and disseminate research findings in a straightforward format, across the Programme for Government; making those findings easily accessible to decision-makers such as MLAs and Assembly committees, as well as the wider public sector.

KESS is jointly delivered by the Research and Information Service of the Assembly (RaISe), in partnership with all three universities located in Northern Ireland (NI) – the Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB - co-founder in 2011), the University of Ulster (Ulster - in 2012) and the Open University (OU - in 2013).

The Series presents networking opportunities, attracting a broad spectrum of attendees. These include: MLAs and their staff; Assembly staff; public and private sector employees; academics; voluntary and community groups; and, members of the public.

Seminars are free and are held on Thursdays from 3 October 2013 through 29 May 2014. Each seminar starts at 1.30pm in Parliament Buildings, located on Stormont Estate.

Further information, including details on registration and the seminar themes is available here

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Generating Justice: The social, legal, political and ethical issues of ensuring justice across generations

Final conference

Senate Room, Lanyon Building.

Full programme

All are welcome!

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