"liverpool" blog posts

Five things to do during Welcome Week

Posted on: 13 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

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.


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.


Your guide to the 2019 local elections in the North West

Posted on: 18 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

With the 2019 local elections on the horizon, Professor Jon Tonge provides a breakdown of the current state of play before polling stations open on Thursday 2 May.


"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

Capitol building

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

Biennial guide

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?'.


Opinion: Why Vladimir Putin cannot ignore Russians’ social rights

Posted on: 20 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Putin at a press conference

What is the role of Russia’s post-communist state in providing housing, healthcare, pensions or social security?


Opinion: Are Jordanian street protests reviving the 'Arab Spring'?

Posted on: 13 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Jordan protests June 2018

Over a week of street protests in Jordan’s main cities have toppled the prime minister and torpedoed an unpopular tax law. We ask Hannes Baumann: Is this a return of the protest wave that marked the 'Arab Spring' of 2011?


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

Posted on: 11 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

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:


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.


Liverpool: Celebrating 10 years as the Capital of Culture

Posted on: 14 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Liverpool Docks

This year, Liverpool will come together once more to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of being named the European Capital of Culture. Here, we will explore some of the highlights 2018 will bring as a celebration, and check out some other big names that turn 10, too!


One hundred years of suffrage – what does it mean for young women today?

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Emmeline Pankhurst

6 February 2018 marks a centenary of the extension of suffrage to some women (and men). Women over 30 who owned property or were graduates voting in a university constituency, around 8.5 million women, were able to vote after the 1918 Representation of the People Act. Universal suffrage was gained 10 years later in 1928. Celebrating 2018 as the centenary of suffrage must serve as a reminder of the importance of inclusivity and to be mindful of those women we leave behind. With this in mind, we asked our students what suffrage means to them…


Our top tips to beat the Blue Monday blues this January

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Trump at a lecturn

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?


How arts and humanities can be a powerful force in the fight against modern slavery

Posted on: 7 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Two men talking in Ghana

As we look towards UN Human Rights Day on 10 December, we spoke to Dr Alex Balch about his research in Sub-Saharan Africa and his hopes for its impact on human rights.


One year after Donald Trump’s election victory - politics as usual?

Posted on: 20 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Donald Trump on TV

It's one year since Donald Trump was elected as President to the US. Has the Trump presidency been politics as usual, or are we witnessing a fundamentally new politics under Trump?


What is rhetoric and why do we need it?

Posted on: 18 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Theresa May

In this blog I’m going to defend the use of rhetoric. Why? The premise is very simple - because we need it.


Trump's changing view of Afghanistan: are private armies part of the plan?

Posted on: 23 August 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Silhouette of a soldier

Donald Trump has defied expectation by pledging to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan.


General Election 2017 - viewpoints from our politics experts and students

Posted on: 31 May 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Ballot box

What is the background to this snap general election and how will it play out? A lot has changed since the last election in 2015, so we asked Dr. Andrew Crines, one of our British politics experts, to give us his take on the election - along with a student's view:


Bored of relentless soundbites from the general election campaign?

Posted on: 18 May 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May

Fed up of all the repeated rhetoric and relentless soundbites of the General Election campaign? With voter apathy looming over the election, find out our our top five 'facepalm' moments from the campaign trail so far - watch out for sausages, spaniels and slogan bingo...


Fake news and 'post-truth' politics - a new exhibition at FACT Liverpool

Posted on: 2 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Newstweek - fixing the facts

A 'Newstweek' hotspot device that can intercept and alter the online articles we read on our mobiles*? A film trailer for a school-yard riot that never happened**? FACT Liverpool's 'How much of this is fiction.' exhibition brings together a wide variety of multi-media artworks that explore 'fake news' and 'post-truth' politics.


Trump protest: "This is a pivotal time for people to stand up for what they believe"

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Crowds at St George's Hall

Political protests play an important role in the democratic process and can help to build solidarity and commitment among those who participate. Attending a demonstration provides very tangible evidence that others hold similar beliefs and ideals and this can be important in building a movement for political change.


Beat stress and visit these top places to chill out in Liverpool

Posted on: 16 January 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man in a gallery

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?


Bubbly and celebrations at our winter graduation 2016

Posted on: 13 December 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Students drinking bubbly at a reception event.

Celebrating with our graduating students is always special and last week was no exception when we held our winter graduation reception.