Back in July’s Termly Report, I promised a reformed society which would work hard to enrich the degrees of Politics students at the University of York.
This term, we have without doubt lived up to that promise.
We begun this term announcing our inaugural trip abroad to Amsterdam. Having spent the Summer co-ordinating with Invasion - our partners in organising this trip - I was delighted that this trip costing £153, for two nights, three days, has been received so well. A prime example of how far the society has come, we have been overwhelmed with the fanfare this trip has created, so we cannot wait for the event to come to fruition from the 9-12th March.
We followed this announcement with the hosting of three external speakers - Tom Brake MP, Dr. Tania Mathias and Gisela Stuart - all in the space of a week. Be it from a passioned speech on remaining in the European Union from Brake, or passion for quite the opposite from Stuart, each speaker walked in and gave the audience something so different and that’s what this society is about - giving variety to the variety which exists here at York. With all of our events, the speakers commented on our professionalism and their general enjoyment, which is utterly fulfilling for us on Committee who tirelessly work behind the scenes.
We continued these successes with a variety of socials, be it Pub Quizzes or evenings out to Revs. Further, we continued our involvement with the Department, hosting many university speakers and panels on a variety of topics, whilst we also hosted a variety of external guests in our new Cheese Wine evenings. In all, of these events benefited from a newly energised Committee, now consisting of nineteen positions. We saw the term to an end with our Winter Ball, in the theme of James Bond, which was a highly successful event. With seventy in attendance, it was a truly great evening, and the thanks must go to Lindsay Christison, our Vice President, for all her hard work on this. Throughout all of this, the YPD under Danni Boxall and Jack Rewcroft has gone from strengths to strengths, each episode being as informative and hilarious as the previous, whilst the York Politics Review has published a variety of articles - with more to look forward to in the future.
Looking into the future, we have a raft of new and exciting events to look forward to. As mentioned, we have our first trip abroad, an event we have put huge amounts of energy into - including a whole new social media platform. Further, we have many speakers to look forward to - one of which I can exclusively announce as Mary Creagh MP, the former Labour leadership candidate, who will be coming to speak at York in late January. Further excitement surrounds our new panel events on a plethora of new and exciting issues and questions of which are first will focus on the topic; “Madame President: would the world have been better or worse under Hilary Clinton?”, more recurring Cheese & Wine evenings, as well our AGM - the Annual General Meeting. In an AGM, all on Committee have to relinquish their positions and run again, giving a chance for new individuals to get into the Committee and have a chance of joining this truly great society.
In the previous Termly Report, I promised that this society would be delivering events “which you will not get at any other university”, and over and over, we have shown this promise to be true. Therefore, the nomination for PSA’s “Politics Society of the Year” is further vindication that at York, things are being done differently; this society is truly something special.
I cannot thank all those enough who have supported the York Politics Society throughout the year, and I wish you all a Happy New Year.
All the best,
President of the York Politics Society