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Highlights from the 2019 PSA Undergraduate Conference
This year's PSA Undergraduate Conference was attended by a record 70 students, from over 20 universities. Hosted the Tuesday before main PSA Annual Conference for the first time, there was a buzz in the air for this pre-PSA warm-up event at Nottingham Trent University, with organisation led by Dr Francesca Silvestri.
Panels and papers covered a range of topics across the breadth of political studies, for example gender and feminism, security, global warming, terrorism, and electoral politics. Students were treated to a charismatic plenary lecture on Euroscepticism from public opinion specialist Prof Cees van der Eijk, and a popular panel on careers featuring current PhD and MA students, and professions working in parliament and polling firms.
PSA Trustee for Undergraduate Initiatives Dr Matthew Wood said “This year’s conference showed just how keen undergraduates are to get involved with the PSA. There was a lot of interest in potentially writing for the PSA’s blog and signing up our new £10 undergraduate membership.
“We invited students to present their dissertation projects and had some incredibly high quality, polished talks with excellent, original data. Next year I hope to invite departments to make the Undergraduate Conference a part of their dissertation modules, to give our best students the chance to see what it’s like presenting at an academic event.”