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Birkbeck Politics Society

* Week 10 update: The next working group meeting will take place on Wednesday 5th December (week 10) between 8-9.30pm in room B29.

We encourage new members to join via the SU website.

If you'd like to be added to the mailing list, please send your name and email address to su-politics@bbk.ac.uk*

About the society

New, official email address: su-politics@bbk.ac.uk 

The Birkbeck Politics Society was founded in the summer of 2018 by postgraduate students of Politics.

In its first year the Society aims to publish at least one issue of a magazine, host a public lecture or debate, and organise two or three socials each term.

Whatever your subject, politics, or experience, do come along and get involved. For further information about how to get involved, please see the foot of this page or contact su-politics@bbk.ac.uk 

You might be interested in the Society if:

  1. You want to write for and/or edit a quality student magazine
  2. You’d like to organise and/or attend public lectures and debates
  3. You’re enthusiastic about politics
  4. You’re keen to add a political or publishing position to your CV
  5. You’re not much interested in the above, but would like to join people for a drink after class

About the magazine

  •  An official call for articles will be circulated in early December, soon after the next meeting. This will include more detailed information, submissions deadline, etc. 
  • The submission deadline is yet to be confirmed, but is likely to be in early February.
  • Magazine vision statement: 

A quality periodical offering political reportage and commentary, with a particular focus on issues of pertinence to Birkbeck students.

  • Themes: politics (understood in a broad sense), economics, culture, student life. 
  • Word count: short articles, 500-800 words; long articles, 1200-1500 words.
  • Article formats: essays, interviews, reviews.

Autumn term schedule, 2018/9

  1. Tuesday 9th October (week 2), 8.15/30-11pm

‘Meet and greet’ event in The George:

Join us for this informal social to meet other members, chat about politics, and learn more about the society. All are welcome, whatever your subject, political views, or experience. 

Venue: The George (the bar on the 4th floor of the main Birkbeck building). We've booked the booths to the left of the entrance; don't hesitate to introduce yourself!

Retrospective note: Many thanks to the 40 or so people who joined us on 9th October. We look forward to the next one!

  1. Thursday 1st November (week 5), from 8.30-11pm 

Pub social at The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JB.

  1. Thursday 15th November (week 7), 6.30 - 7.30pm (magazine) and 7.40 - 8.30pm (events/public debates)

Venue: MAL 354 (room 354 in the main building).

The magazine will be discussed from 6.30-7.30pm. After a short break, the events/debates meeting will take place until 8.30pm.

If you haven't attended one of our previous events, that's fine: all are welcome. Please feel welcome to attend one meeting, or both. 

  1. Wednesday 5th December (week 10), 8-10pm. Venue: room B29.

Editorial meeting to discuss the magazine (venue TBC) and the society's schedule for January and February

Provisional spring term schedule

  1. Work on and publish our magazine
  2. Magazine launch
  3. Social event
  4. Film night

Provisional summer term schedule

  1. Social event (including a politics pub quiz)
  2. Plan for the 2019/20 academic year

Want to get involved?

In the next few weeks the society wants to begin work in earnest on its various projects for this academic year (including the summer of 2019): the magazine, a public event/debate, and social activities.
If you think you might be interested in getting involved in one, or all, of these projects, please write to su-politics@bbk.ac.uk, including your name, the project you're interested in, and any additional notes you might wish to add. Below I've listed what kinds of tasks the projects are likely to involve.

Magazine

Writing (e.g. articles, reviews, interviews, reportage/investigative journalism) - editing - proofreading - digital and social media - publicity - designing the 'look' of the magazine - printing - funding - general admin & organisation

Public event/debate

Contacting potential speakers - booking venues - filming/recording - digital and social media - publicity - funding - general admin & organisation

Social activities (e.g. Christmas social, politics pub quiz, politics pub crawl) 

Planning - booking - publicity - social media - treasury tasks - general admin & organisation

 

Terms and conditions

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Birkbeck Students' Union groups are only open to full membership for enrolled Birkbeck students. Other membership categories may exist depending on the group's constitution and the approval of the SU's Executive Committee.

In additional to the general term and conditions for Birkbeck Students' Union organised and managed events, all our Clubs, Societies, Networks and Projects may apply additonal conditions on attendance. Examples can be, and not limited to, membership of a club or society, students from one programme or class, self-organised groups and liberation campaigns limited to participants on a self-defining basis into the group membership (e.g. LGBTQ+ students or women only).

All attendees at an event must register in advance and ensure they bring along a copy of their e-ticket and their Birkbeck student ID.