Proud to be one of campus' largest and most distinguished academic societies, the University's Politics Society is the perfect addition to any Politics or International Relations degree. Not only do we boast regular socials - from Exonian Thursdays, to the occasional society dinner and pub quizzes, we also throw a notorious Winter Ball and Spring Formal, are home to both intramural football and netball teams, distribute our very own student-run journal, and even host an MP or two from time to time. Now you can even take your PolSoc experience abroad- providing annual trips, including Amsterdam last year and Budapest in 2021! If you're studying Politics, International Relations, or any combination in between, joining the society gives you an unmissable opportunity to get to know your coursemates, and make some new pals outside of your 8:30 lectures and library all-nighters. We hope you'll join us!
Your 2020-21 Committee
President: Tamsin Hill
Vice-President: Jonty Peacock
Treasurer: Jack Rolfe
Social Secretaries: Marley Pradieu and Grace Parker
Publicity Secretary: Ali Grogan
Academic Secretaries: Jodie Iles and Daniel Crane
Welfare Officer: Zoe Olsen-Groome
Engagement Officer: Yasmeen Louis
The Witness Editor: Jack Ainsworth
Our socials are the cornerstone of the society; from TP and Fever nights, to heading out to the Firehouse for some amazing pizza and classic pub quizzes– there’s something for everyone.
PolSoc, however, is most renowned for our family-style socials. At the start of the year, members are sorted into families. These are home to a mixture of first, second and third-year students who take up the roles of kids, mums, dads, aunties, uncles and so on. This gives you a great opportunity to build up a close bond with a smaller group of students so that you’ve always got a group to turn to within the society.
This year, with the addition of a Welfare Officer PolSoc will also be looking at setting up more low-key socials, like hot chocolate chats and movie screenings as an attempt to slow down the uni lifestyle pace!
WINTER BALL AND SPRING FORMAL:
Our December Winter Ball is not one to miss. Having hosted over 200 students in years past, it’s the best way to close the calendar year in style. Following our traditional black tie dress code, you’ll be greeted with a champagne reception on arrival, with a chance to get some killer photos ready to be posted on Instagram before dinner is called. On entry to the dining room, a 3-course meal awaits, accompanied by plenty of wine, entertainment, and awards, before we head to Fever to finish the night. This year also marks a first in PolSoc history too – as we’ll also be hosting a Spring Formal towards the end of the academic year, as the previous year's attempt was ruined by Coronavirus!
STASH, STASH, STASH:
Are you really an Exeter student if you don’t show up to campus repping at least 1 item of stash? At PolSoc, we more than recognise the need for this. Following the launch of our new logo this year, we can’t wait to provide our members with some innovative new garms and branded accessories, with stash drops planned to be released at least once a term.
INTRAMURAL SPORTS TEAMS:
PolSoc is proud to be home to both an intramural football and netball team. The Bandicoots and First Past the Post have been a steady fixture in our society’s history, having increased both their membership and wins last year. The university’s league runs every Sunday evening, giving you a great opportunity to kick back with your pals and play a bit of sport. Our teams are home to a super-relaxed and inclusive environment; so whether you’re a keen sports player, or you’ve never played before – we welcome everyone!
PolSoc runs the University of Exeter’s student-lead, non-partisan politics journal; The Witness. The renowned publication aims to represent a wide range of views on campus, to reflect its diverse readership, and to encourage debate. We’re always open to new writers and regular contributors – so whether it’s Brexit you’re passionate about, or climate change and foreign policy, get your thoughts listed online and in our print edition too by reaching out to our editors-in-chief; Jack Ainsworth and Abi Smuts.