School Celebrates 50 Years

The School of Politics and International Relations is excited to observe its 50th year this weekend alongside the University’s 50th celebrations.

As a founding School of the University of Kent, the School of Politics and International Relations has a long history of teaching and sharing its knowledge with students, colleagues and external partners alike.

On Saturday 5th September, the School will be taking part in the University’s 50th Fesitival and celebrating its 50th year with a weekend of fun filled activities.

The University of Kent first opened its doors in 1965 and in its 50th anniversary year, the 50th Festival is the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate with all those who have made Kent the University that it is today, reuniting not only our alumni from around the world, but also members of staff past and present and the local community too.

We invite you to join the School of Politics and International Relations on Saturday 5th for packed programme of events to celebrate the School, its students and staff.

The day begins at 1400 in Keynes teaching foyer with an Anniversary Conference entitled Politics at Kent Today. The conference will give returning alumni, staff and the local community an opportunity to learn about research in the School today by both academic staff and postgraduate research students, and will feature a Spotlight on Russia by Professor Richard Sakwa. At 1600 the School with be holding a In or Out? EU referendum panel, chaired by Emeritus Professor of European Studies Professor Clive Church.

We also encorage you to attend our drinks reception following the conference at 1700 and the PolIR Pub Quiz, beginning at 1930 in Dolce Vita, which promises to pit your political knowledge against your awareness of life and style.

A full programme of the day’s events can be found here: 50-conference with more information on University events available though the 50th Fesitval website:

We look forward to welcoming you to the School!

For further information please contact Claire Tanner: