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 in 2019 and a soon to be announced destination in 2022! If you are 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 will join us!
Your 2021-2022 Committee
President: Max Jablonowski
Vice-President: Rupert Taffs
Treasurer: Jodie Iles
Social Secretaries: Will Bulmer and Luke Clements
Publicity Secretary: Niamh Gray
Academic Secretaries: Veronica Legiec and Josh Sutton
Welfare Officer: Juliette West
Engagement Officer: Martha Bennett
The Witness Editor: Jess Mahon
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!
We have been luckily enough to host one or two MPs including James Brokenshire MP the former Minister of State for Security in 2020 and the occasional journalist such as Laura Kuenssberg the Political Editor of BBC News as part of our "PolSoc in conversation with..." event series. We also host networking events in collaboration with the Career Zone and the Politics Department as well as our very own "Question Time" series with Exeter University Conservative Association, Exeter Labour Students, Exeter University Lib Dems and Exeter University Freedom Society.
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 will 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 will 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 cannot 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 editor-in-chief; Jess Mahon.