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Why is the appointment of the next US supreme court judge so important?

Posted on: 15 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Amy Coney-Barrett

The debate continues about Amy Coney Barrett, who has been selected by President Trump as the nominated replacement for the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg, for the role of supreme court judge. We asked politics lecturer, Dr Sean Haughey, to give an explainer as to why the role is such a pivotal appointment in the US and how this relates to the upcoming presidential election.


Welcome to Liverpool! 5 tips for Politics students new to University of Liverpool

Posted on: 26 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

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Welcome Week runs from 28 September – 2 October 2020 and is set to be a little different this year, however there are still tons of events and tools that you can use to interact with the Department of Politics and get to know the University of Liverpool as a new student. Here are 5 tips for Politics students during Welcome Week to help you get settled in and enjoying university life from week one:


‘Building Back Better’ from COVID-19 Requires Black Lives to Matter

Posted on: 10 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Woman with banner at Black Lives Matter protest

Dr Leona Vaughn is a Derby Research Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and co-author of the recent report 'Racial Inequalities and COVID-19: Building Back Better For All'.


Why writer and activist, Audre Lorde, is still a vibrant and important voice today.

Posted on: 4 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

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Audre Lorde was a writer, poet, feminist and activist. Her writing is known for its calls for social and racial justice and the collection 'The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House' contains \"...urgent essays on the power of women, poetry and anger\" (Penguin Books). Lorde dedicated her life and creativity to challenging racism, sexism, classism and homophobia. She supported civil rights and Black cultural movements, as well as advocating for LGBT equality.


After University: Graduate Pathways from Politics (Part 2)

Posted on: 5 June 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

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We got in touch with another of our former students to ask how their degree from the Department of Politics, helped them get to where they are today. Politics BA graduate James Christopher Maxwell tells us about how his degree brought him to a career in healthcare policy and public affairs.


In Memoriam Professor Fred Ridley OBE

Posted on: 27 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

A black and white image of Professor Fred Ridley OBE

We are sad to report that Professor Fred Ridley OBE died on 17 April 2020. Having studied at the LSE, Paris and Berlin, Fred joined the new Department of Political Theory and Institutions at the University of Liverpool in 1958, a year after it had been established. He remained on the staff until 1995 (and was an honorary fellow from 1995-2005), serving for a remarkable 30 year period as Head of Department. Fred played a central role in the development of political studies in the UK, held numerous appointments in HE nationally and made an immense civic contribution which included a stint as Chair of the Merseyside Manpower Services Commission. He will be very fondly remembered by a lot of people. Our condolences are offered to Fred’s family and friends.


After University: Graduate Pathways from Politics

Posted on: 17 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

History and Poltics BA graduate Joseph Howe

We got in touch with some of our former students to ask how their degree from the Department of Politics, helped them get to where they are today. History and Politics BA graduate Joseph Howe tells us about how his degree brought him to a career at the House of Commons.


Best Political Podcasts You Should Listen to Right Now!

Posted on: 1 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

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Round up, round up it’s time for our list of the best political podcasts to get you started on a journey of political awakening. Let’s be honest you already are but its never a bad thing to be exposed to and understand a variety of different views and opinions. Our list below is a rough guide, there are so any podcasts out there, you just need to find the ones that suit you. So take the first step, or listen, and see what you could learn today.


Depression, status quo bias and the Brexit referendum

Posted on: 17 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

An image of the European Union flag with one star missing

Dr Luca Bernardi (Lecturer in Politics at the University of Liverpool) and Professor Robert Johns (University of Essex) examine the impact of depression on the public's voting decisions, with a particular focus on the 2016 EU Referendum.


Our top revision tips for exam season

Posted on: 6 January 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

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It’s that time of year again. But you’ve got this. Deep breath.


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    Why is the appointment of the next US supreme court judge so important?

    Amy Coney-Barrett

    Posted on: 15 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

    The debate continues about Amy Coney Barrett, who has been selected by President Trump as the nominated replacement for the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg, for the role of supreme court judge. We asked politics lecturer, Dr Sean Haughey, to give an explainer as to why the role is such a pivotal appointment in the US and how this relates to the upcoming presidential election.


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