The University of Sheffield Politics Society

Our society is one of the best ways politics students can get to know each other, settle into student life and enhance their university experience.

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The Politics Society is the perfect place for all University of Sheffield students who are enthusiastic about politics and international relations. It provides all sorts of opportunities for you to engage with course friends, alumni and staff, including: political events, socials, networking sessions, European trips, intramural sports teams, political speakers and a number of volunteering opportunities. They are an active community and are currently undertaking projects such as the Pocket Politics Podcast and the UoS PolSoc Blog.


An award-winning society

We are incredibly proud that, in 2020, the Politics Society was awarded the PSA's Politics Society of the Year for its ‘innovative activities,’ ‘inclusivity,’ and ‘activities beyond campus.’


Events

Political events

We host a variety of political events, including talks with speakers from Think Tanks and with Members of Parliament. We work with other political societies to make sure we offer dynamic events that speak to everyone on the political spectrum.

Social events

We organise many different socials throughout the year and this year we're hoping to expand the activities and socials on offer making it the most fun and inclusive year yet! Our socials range from nights out to sober socials (we are keen to stress that there are no drinking initiations for students) and huge events with other societies like Dance Your Socks Off, one of the biggest socials across the University. The fresher’s social is a great place to meet your future friends for life, where we usually have more than 100 new students attending. 

Community events

We also have an annual trip abroad - in 2020 we went to Budapest and visited ruin bars, explored the beautiful castles, and went for walks by the Danube! You will also be invited to the Winter Dinner and the Summer Ball, so you can celebrate the end of the academic year with your course mates by getting dressed to the nines and dancing until morning!


Sports

We have a number of sports teams in the intramural leagues; including successful football and netball teams.

POL - Pol Soc netball 2019

We have a mixed netball team which plays in leagues every Tuesday and Thursday. Our women’s football league plays on a Friday afternoon whilst our men’s football team host a six aside team on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and an 11 a side team on Saturday!

Picture of the POL SOC football team 2019

Being a professional, amateur or complete beginner makes no difference as everyone is welcome to join their sport team of choice. It’s a great way to take a break from studies and make some lasting friendships with your course mates. Each sport organises their own socials and awards nights - it’s all great fun!


Involvement beyond the campus

Charity and volunteering

The society organises various fundraising events throughout the year, to raise money for our chosen charity, Assist Sheffield. We also run a volunteering scheme each year which you can take part in, called "The People's Politics", where you teach politics lessons to primary school children.

Alumni networking

We seek to provide members of our society with opportunities to network and build contacts throughout their time in Sheffield. We plan to hold careers fairs, networking events, and a variety of talks from industry professionals to enhance members employability awareness and ambitions. More information will be provided in Autumn 2021, once plans have been finalised. 

Pol Soc media projects

The scope of our activities go beyond socialisation and networking. We have two mainstream projects of media involvement: the PocketPolitics Podcast and the UoS PolSoc Paper.

Our student-led PocketPolitics Podcast features a youth perspective on politics and global events. We look to have friendly discussions about a variety of topics, from the financial sector to feminism. We feature guest speakers ranging from staff to students - and on special occasions beyond the campus! Find us on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, and Breaker.

Our blog is a revival of an older PolSoc project. We will be giving more updates on this in Autumn 2021.

The Politics Society is wonderful as it provides support for all students regardless if they do Politics or not. I have met new people and even been on a trip to Amsterdam. You’ll definitely emerge a more confident person with greater social skills.

Ifrah Ismail

BA Politics and International Relations 2018


pol soc social night out 2019

 


How to join

If you would like to join The Politics Society here at The University of Sheffield, then you can do so by visiting our page on the Sheffield Students’ Union website: https://su.sheffield.ac.uk/activities/view/politics-society.

Costs

Membership costs just £15 for three years or £5 for one year. Masters students can opt for a discounted membership priced at just £4 for one year.

The membership fee goes towards the organisation and running of our activities, making sure we give you the best value for money for all the socials, sports, charities and activities you can get involved in during your time at Sheffield.


Get in touch

If you have any questions for us or would like any more information about PolSoc, do get in touch! You can email us at politics.society@sheffield.ac.uk, or contact us via our social media using the links below:


Your Committee - 2021/2022

Simran Sangherra - President

(Leo) M. Hamza Hoxha - Operations Officer

Kristina Krusteva - Finance and Development Officer

Ingrid Edvardsen - Inclusion Officer

Clémence Bénard - Events Secretary

Lidan Yuan - Events Secretary

Joe Ellis - Political Events Secretary

Rhi McQuone - Political Events Secretary

Georgie Blake - Social Secretary

Mia Warren - Social Secretary

Molly Brant - Netball Secretary

Millie Lavis - Women's Football Secretary

Ben Phillips - Men's Football Secretary

Josh White - Men's Football Secretary

Becca Binks - Charity Secretary

Zoë Eaves - Graduate and Alumni Secretary

Jody Holland - Volunteering Secretary

Matthew Barnes - Media and IT Secretary

Fred Baker - Podcast Lead

Jack Thompson - Paper Editor

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