April News RoundUp

How did Macron win the 2022 Presidential election? Should Boris Johnson be investigated for lying over ‘partygate’? What provoked the war in Ukraine? Just some of the questions we’ve been exploring this month. Read more in our monthly RoundUp.

Hitting the Mark

  • The School of Politics and International Relations became involved in the Diversity Mark Project in 2020, reviewing the reading lists of many of our school modules with the ‘Introduction to Political Thought’ being the first module to receive Diversity Mark status. We asked convener, Ben Turner how he did it. 

Responding to a Crisis

  • Antonia Benincasa, along with five other delegates, represented the School of Politics at this years Model NATO conference run in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British International Studies Association (BISA). Read about her experience.
  • Can policymakers expect people to comply with Covid restrictions out of fear rather than trust? Dr Ben Seyd says the answer is ‘no’.

How did Macron win the 2022 Presidential election?

What provoked the war in Ukraine?

  • For the school’s end of term event, academics and students came together to attend a conversation panel between Hans Kundnani, Head of the European Programme at Chatham House, and Professor Richard Whitman, one of the leading experts at the university on the EU and its foreign policy. Find out more.
  • Professor Richard Sakwa argues that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is the culmination of a long period of increasing tensions between Russia and the West in the ECPR’s Political Science Blog ‘The Loop. Read more here.
  • Dr Philip Cunliffe drew comparisons between the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict with the wars in former Yugoslavia. Read the UnHerd piece here.


  • Professor Matt Goodwin joined Angela Eagle Labour MP, Caroline Lucas Green Party MP and Andrew RT Davies, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd on the PMQ’s edition of BBC 2’s Politics Live show to discuss the news of the day. Watch here.

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