"university of liverpool" blog posts

Our Favourite Places to Visit Outside of the City

Posted on: 8 August 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Photograph of Crosby Beach

Sometimes you just want to take a break from city life, escape for a few hours. We know the feeling! We've put together a few suggestions of where you could go, including some stops along the way. So get your comfy trainers ready because you're about to go on an adventure.


Opinion: Why the government's race report is deeply flawed

Posted on: 21 April 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Crumpled paper with the word 'racism' printed on it

Dr Leona Vaughn, Derby Fellow in the politics department, gives her view on the government's recent report into race and racism in the UK.


New perspectives on Corbyn and Corbynism

Posted on: 11 February 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at a rally

Alan Bennett uses the character Irwin in The History Boys to argue that “our perspective on the past alters. Looking back, immediately in front of us is dead ground. We don't see it, and because we don't see it this means that there is no period so remote as the recent past. And one of the historian's jobs is to anticipate what our perspective of that period will be.”


COVID-19, nationalism, and students: how we are impacted and why you should care

Posted on: 8 January 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

A Union Jack flag draped over a bench

First year Politics student Charlotte Marshall gives her view on the emergence of COVID nationalism, and how government restrictions have impacted her student peers.


2020: My year in review as a Politics student

Posted on: 9 December 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Covid-19 signs - Notting Hill Gate underground station

Third year International Politics student Ash Mears talks about how 2020 has changed her perspective on why her degree is important and how she wants to help in developing a more equal world in her career.


How Covid-19 has highlighted the value of citizenship

Posted on: 10 November 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Croatia border with sign telling people to prepare their passports

Mate Subašić is a PhD student at the University of Liverpool. His research is focused on nationalism, identity politics and trans-border groups in South East Europe. Within this blog post he discusses how Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of citizenship within Europe.


Sweet Home Alabama to Washington DC - an election Spotify playlist

Posted on: 28 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Map of the United States

Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Senior Lecturer in Politics, provides your soundtrack to the US election with a playlist of songs to represent each state.


The Electoral College: A flawed system? - How America elects its leaders

Posted on: 28 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Two graphs showing voting histories

With the US presidential election just around the corner, politics student, Jack McNulty, looks at how America elects its leaders and explains the key battleground states.


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

Student with phone

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

Black and white portrait image of a woman

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.


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.


Best Political Podcasts You Should Listen to Right Now!

Posted on: 1 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Girl on a road wearing headphones

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

Student reading book in library.

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


Looking back on the 2019 General Election results night

Posted on: 19 December 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

The front door of 10 Downing Street

We look back on the story of the 2019 General Election results night as told by our staff and students.


Day 1214 of the Brexit process – where do we stand today?

Posted on: 21 October 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

The Palace of Westminster

Following what was billed as 'Super Saturday', Dr Andrew Roe-Crines summarises another dramatic day in Parliament and lays out the current situation in the Brexit process.


Five things to do during Welcome Week

Posted on: 13 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Liverpool skyline - photo by Charles Pragnell from Pexels

Welcome Week kicks off on Monday, giving new students the opportunity to get to know their new flatmates, explore Liverpool and settle in before they start lectures. Take a look at our top five tips to help you get started with university life.


"A dramatic shift in constitutional assumptions, political conventions, and the traditional support bases of political parties"

Posted on: 5 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

The Palace of Westminster at dusk

Dr Andrew Crines, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Liverpool, summarises a tumultuous few days in British politics and suggests how the situation may unfold in the coming weeks and months.


Department of Politics Graduation 2019 — Social media roundup

Posted on: 22 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Last week we said goodbye to our Class of 2019 at the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures graduation ceremony as they begin the next step of their journey as University of Liverpool graduates. Check out our roundup of social media messages from the day.


What's it like to intern in public affairs?

Posted on: 11 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Two men walking across road in suits

Politics graduate James Maxwell is back to share his experience as a Junior Researcher intern with the RPP Group.


"Images are powerful" - new exhibition of all 209 female MPs

Posted on: 8 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Priti Patel portrait

Open Eye Gallery's '209 Women' exhibition features new portraits of all women MPs, shot by women photographers. The new exhibition opened in Liverpool on 28 February 2019 and aims to amplify the call for gender equality across all spheres of society. At the launch event, MP Alison McGovern said: \"These images are not only beautiful, they are a political act.\"


BISA South East Europe Working Group Annual Workshop

Posted on: 10 January 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

BISA conference

The Europe and the World Centre (EWC) was delighted to host the British International Studies Association South East Europe Working Group Annual Workshop at the University of Liverpool in November 2018. The workshop's focus was on External Influences in South East Europe, as PhD student Mate Subasic explains.


Why I no longer view Western political thought as a 'canon'

Posted on: 5 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Audre Lorde illustration

When I started at university in the UK, political theory meant studying a very particular canon, taught by a very particular type of scholar. In recent years, calls for the need to change how we think about and teach international relations and politics have started to gain traction. It is about time.


What are the US midterm elections - and why do they matter?

Posted on: 9 November 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

The Capitol Building in Washington DC

Politics student, Tom Laing, gives his take on the fall-out from the 2018 midterm elections and the effect the results will have on the Trump Presidency. What does the future hold?


What’s it like to be an intern for a member of parliament?

Posted on: 19 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Politics student James Maxwell

Visiting Number 10 Downing Street, supporting an MP at a demonstration and drinking with friends in a beautiful palace!


Political art - what to see at Liverpool Biennial 2018

Posted on: 10 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Someone holding the Biennial Guide with an exposed brick background

More than 40 artists from 22 countries will participate in this year’s Liverpool Biennial which invites artists and audiences to reflect on \"...a world in social, political and economic turmoil\". It's the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK and this year's theme is 'Beautiful world, where are you?'.


Four things to see and do in Liverpool if you're passionate about politics

Posted on: 11 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

The exterior of St George's Hall in Liverpool

With Summer now upon us, you might be looking for things to do in Merseyside before the start of the new term (trust us, this will come around very quickly!). While teaching may be over until September, there’s still plenty of things to see and do in the area if you’re passionate about politics, from grand buildings to cool museums:


Opinion - Airstrikes on Syria: our experts answer key questions about the military action

Posted on: 3 May 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Map showing military action in Syria

In the early hours of 14 April 2018, the militaries of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched airstrikes against regime targets in Syria. This came as retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in the opposition-controlled enclave of Douma a week earlier.


Opinion - Does Russia risk major conflict by fighting wars with private armed forces?

Posted on: 19 April 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Toy soldiers on a map

Does Russia risk major conflict by fighting wars with private armed forces? Ulrich Petersohn explores the murky world of Russian mercenaries and the risks this brings.


Jon Tonge's guide to the 2018 north west elections

Posted on: 26 March 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Man being interviewed on TV

With local elections for the North West coming up in May, politics expert Jon Tonge gives us his guide to the state of play for this year’s council elections, in comparison to 2014:


Brexit rhetoric: How to convince a sceptical public

Posted on: 1 March 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Boris Johnson

As the government sets out its Brexit vision in a series of speeches by senior ministers, Dr Andrew Crines looks at the rhetorical strategies that could convince a sceptical nation.


Opinion - Kosovo today: has independence fulfilled the population’s hopes and dreams?

Posted on: 19 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Flags from different countries flying in a city

Last weekend, Kosovo-Albanians celebrated the 10th anniversary of their new state’s declaration of independence. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia unilaterally on 17th February 2008, following a decade of practical apartheid in Kosovo from 1989 – 1999 separating Kosovo-Albanians and Kosovo-Serbs, as well as large-scale dismissal of Albanian workers and ethnic cleansing against Kosovo-Albanian civilians.


Politics Go! Join in our campus treasure hunt

Posted on: 20 September 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Exterior of Guild of Students, University of Liverpool

You're a Politics student. You've landed in Liverpool, found your accommodation and are thinking about heading out to explore. Well don't go it alone! Join in with our #PoliticsGo campus treasure hunt on Friday 23 September 2016 and be in with the chance of winning some great prizes.


A handy guide to our 2016 Open Days

Posted on: 16 September 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

University of Liverpool -  Your open day journey

An open day is a great opportunity to meet with your future lecturers and current students, who can give you a unique insight into your course, the University and Liverpool itself. So here's our handy guide to some of the highlights of our open days - join us on on Saturday 24 September and Saturday 8 October 2016.