November News RoundUp

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This month the spotlight was on Sub-Sahara Africa: Citizens, Democratization, Conflict and Beyond, as well as supporting student efforts to decolonise the curriculum. Now, we’re letting the festivities in..

We celebrated!

  • The GCRF Compass project was celebrated at the Times Higher Education Awards ceremony. The project has been singled out as the most ‘highly commendable’ under the category of international collaboration. Find out more about the project.

Decolonising the curriculum

  • Tamika Adamson, Student Success Diversity Mark Officer, blogs about her reasons for joining the Student Success (EDI) Team as a Work-Study Intern, and her aspiration for the change she hopes her involvement will bring about. Learn more.

Who do you trust?

  • A project led by Dr Ben Seyd has been awarded £100,000 by the British Academy to conduct research on people’s trust in sources of information on COVID-19. Read more.
  • Professor Matthew Goodwin shared his insights in The New York Times on the recent scandals that have faced Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the impact on Conservative Party Opinion Polling and confidence in his leadership. Read the article.


  • Hear from our alumni, all currently working in the Civil Service, who will share their experiences and advice with students looking to pursue a career within a government department or agency. Join here.
  • Reg Race was one of the original 500 Kent students, so it’s fitting that he came back to launch his new book here in the Grimond Lecture Theatre with the Kent Labour Students society attended by students past and present. Read the blog.
  • The Sandpit Workshop and prestigious John Burton Lecture took place on Thursday 25th of November. See the schedule.

Expert comments…

  • Emeritus Professor Feargal Cochran offers his expert commentary as negotiations around Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol continue. Read here.
  • Professor of International Politics Elena Korosteleva has commented on the migrant crisis that is taking place along the Poland-Belarus border on LBC this week. Listen here.
  • Dr Rubrick Biegon, expert in international security explains remote warfare and how the ‘buzzword’ has intensified in recent years. Read here.

What is the best book of the year?

  • Morvan Lallouet’s title published this summer on the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, has been chosen as one of the Financial Times books of the year. See the full list.

Festive Fun

  • Join us for mulled wine and mince pies to kick off the festive season! More information here. And keep your eyes peeled for our POLIR Watch List as we share our favourite viewing with you over the holidays on our socials.  Twitter |  Facebook | Instagram |


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