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UCC Government and Politics Graduate, Dr. Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, awarded PSAI 2019 Basil Chubb Prize for the Best PhD in Political Science24 Oct 2019
Dr Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, an associate professor at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland, and a graduate of the UCC Department of Government and Politics, has received the 2019 Basil Chubb Prize for the Best PhD in Political Science.Read more
"Life as an Entrepreneur Series" of the BlackStone LaunchPad presents Mary Murphy of the BSc Government22 Oct 2019
On Thursday, October 17th 2019, 2nd year BSc Government student, Mary Murphy gave a talk of her success story as part of the Life as an Entrepreneur Series organised by the UCC BlackStone LaunchPad.Read more
21 Oct 2019
Ugne Kaskelyte is a graduate of the BSc Government and is a current student of ours on the Masters in International Public Policy and Diplomacy.Read more
21 Oct 2019
Dr Emmanuelle Schon-Quinlivan of the Department of Government and Politics has received an Exceptional Citizen Award at the annual President's Staff Awards.
Dr Schon-Quinlivan has been awarded for her innovative and ambitious work to bring awareness of EU citizenship rights and responsibilities to Irish primary school learners (and, through them, to their parents).
[Special Jean Monnet Lecture]: Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr John Finucane, "Brexit: A Belfast Perspective", 24th October18 Oct 2019
Department of Government and Politics is delighted to present Special UCC Jean Monnet Lecture ‘Brexit: A Belfast Perspective’ by Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor John Finucane
When: Thursday 24 October 2019 at 4.00-5.30pm
Where: UCC Centre for Executive Education, 1 Lapp’s Quay, Cork City
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Jean Monnet Lecture Series, October 2019: Prof Desmond Dinan "The EU's Changing Institutional Architecture: The Rise of the European Council & European Parliament" Wed. 23 Oct10 Oct 2019
Department of Government and Politics is delighted to present UCC Jean Monnet Lecture Series:
"The EU's Changing Institutional Architecture: The Rise of the European Council & the European Parliament"
Professor Desmond Dinan
George Mason University, Virginia
3-4pm, Wednesday 23 October 2019
02 Oct 2019
A delegation of US Senators recently visited Cork to celebrate a long running partnership between University College Cork (UCC) and the American Irish Legislators Society of New York.
The Department of Government & Politics is delighted to announce that Mr Art O’Leary has joined it as an Adjunct Professor.01 Oct 2019
Art O’Leary has been the Secretary General to the President since June 2014, responsible for advising the President on constitutional and all other matters relating to the presidency. He is also responsible for the administration of the President's office and staff at Aras an Uachtaráin. Every year the President's Office manages 400+ events inside and outside the Aras, caters for 20,000 visitors, provides support for c. a dozen foreign visits, drafts hundreds of speeches and issues centenarians' bounties to over 400 citizens on reaching the age of 100 years.Read more
Competition and Compromise among Chinese Actors in Africa: A Bureaucratic Politics Study of Chinese Foreign Policy Actors. A new book from Dr Niall Duggan27 Sep 2019
Dr Niall Dugan, a lecturer with the Department of Government and Politics has recently published a book: Competition and Compromise among Chinese Actors in Africa: A Bureaucratic Politics Study of Chinese Foreign Policy Actors.
Please see below a synopis of this book:Read more
23 Sep 2019
The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, has been a prominent figure lately in debates about Brexit and proroguing parliament. The Speaker came to the Department of Government and Politics in February 2013 to deliver the Annual Philip Monahan Memorial Lecture. He spoke about the relationship between the legislature and the executive and his words are extremely relevant today. He said, ‘A legislature which simply passed laws but had no interest in or influence over the implementation of those Acts and policy more generally would be an unimpressive institution. A serious legislature must be capable of intensive scrutiny and have the capacity to challenge the executive. Ministerial appearances in the House should be a courteous nerve-wracking experience.’ We have decided to post the full lecture by John Bercow on our web site, as follows ……..Read more
05 Sep 2019
Sky has recently announced its second cohort of Women in Technology Scholars, awarding five talented women £25,000 each and access to an expert network of mentors and leading industry executives to accelerate their innovation. This is an international competition and those selected were whittled down from hundreds of applicants.
Mary Murphy, a University College Cork (UCC) 1st Year Government Student, was one of the five women selected as a Sky Women in Technology Scholar. In fact, Mary was the youngest Scholar chosen, which is testament to the tremendous strides that she has made in her entrepreneurial career (whilst also being a full-time student) since she established "Make a Mark Ltd" with her twin sister, Sarah, in 2016.Read more
13 Aug 2019
James Massi, 3rd year student of the BSc Government Programme has spent his work placement in Tokyo, Japan.
24 Jun 2019
Viewing Dates are Monday, 1st of July and Tuesday, 2nd of July.
The viewing of examination scripts will take place in the Department of Government and Politics, O'Rahilly Building:
Room ORB 2.03: Monday July 1st, 10.00am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm – 3.00pm.
Room ORB 2.02: Tuesday, July 2nd, 10.00am-12.00pm and 2.00pm - 3.00pm.
13 Jun 2019
The Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork (UCC) and the Gender Politics Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) present
State of the Discipline: Women, Gender and Political Science
CACSSS Seminar Room, University College Cork
Room G27, Ground Floor O’Rahilly Building
Monday 1st July 2019
All welcome.Read more
27 May 2019
A student of the MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy Programme, Michaela Reilly, has recently accomplished her Work Placement with Standards in Public Office in Dublin.
Michaela says:Read more
08 May 2019
The Director of the CLRG, Dr Aodh Quinlivan, has recently spoken at a series of events about local government reform and directly elected mayors.
Politics Awards 2019
The Department of Government and Politics was delighted to celebrate achievements of its BA and MA Politics students on the evening of 28th March. Family and friends joined with staff to congratulate the students on their achievements.
Niall McMahon was awarded the BA1 Student of the Year 2018. Dr David Fitzgerald, School of History, presented the award.
Niall McMahon (right) with Dr David Fitzgerald
Eimear Buckley was awarded the BA2 Student of the Year 2018. As Eimear was unable to join us, her sister Niamh accepted the award on her behalf, from Dr. Mervyn O’Driscoll, School of History.
Niamh Buckley (right) accepting the award, on behalf of her sister Eimear, from Dr Mervyn O’Driscoll
Seamus Allen received the award for BA3 Student of the Year for 2018. Prof. Don Ross, Department of Philosophy, presented the award to him.
Seamus Allen (right) accepting the award from Prof. Don Ross
The award for BA3 Best Dissertation for 2018 was awarded to Eoghan O’Neill. Unfortunately, Eoghan was unable to join us on the night.
Ruth Linehan was awarded the MA Student of the Year for 2018. Dr Liam Weeks, Department of Government and Politics, presented the award.
Dr Liam Weeks presenting the award to Ruth Linehan.
The final award of the evening was the presentation of the Diarmuid Whelan Memorial Cup to Ruth Linehan as the winner of the MA Best Dissertation for 2018. Dr Jason Dockstader, Department of Philosophy, presented the award to Ruth.
Ruth Linehan (right) with Dr Jason Dockstader
The Award winners with Dr Clodagh Harris, Head of Department of Government & Politics. From left to right, Niamh Buckley, Seamus Allen, Ruth Linehan, Dr Clodagh Harris, and Niall McMahon.
UCC Jean Monnet Lecture Series, March 2019, Claire Hanna (MLA, South Belfast), "Picking up the Pieces: Restoring Relationships after Brexit".19 Mar 2019
Department of Government and Politics is delighted to present Claire Hanna MLA, South Belfast Former SDLP Brexit & Finance Spokesperson as part of its Jean Monnet Lecture Series.
Title: Picking up the Pieces: Restoring Relationships after Brexit
Date and Time: 3-4pm, Wednesday 27 March 2019
Venue: O'Rahilly Building, UCC Campus, Room 2.55Read more
27 Feb 2019
From September 2018 to February 2019, two BSc Government students in their third year of the degree went to study a semester at Waseda University in Japan.
This exchange was partially funded through an Erasmus+ grant. Both Aoife Tierney and Ciaran Sullivan had an amazing experience.
26 Feb 2019
On Monday 25 February, Dr Aodh Quinlivan spoke to students in Christ King Girls’ Secondary School about civic engagement, active citizenship, and why politics matters.Read more
15 Feb 2019
The Department of Government and Politics and the Boole Library UCC are delighted to present:
A Retrospective Exhibition
The Times We Live In: Martyn Turner’s SatireRead more
06 Feb 2019
Department of Government and Politics is delighted to present Dr Patrick Holden, Reader in International Politics, Plymouth University:
"Don't pay the Ferryman: European geoeconomics and politics in the era of Trump and Brexit"
3-4pm, Wednesday 13 February 2019
CACSSS Seminar Room (ORB G27B)
06 Feb 2019
Department of Government and Politics is delighted to announce that its Fourth Annual Public Lecture Series of the Centre for Local and Regional Governance takes place on Thursday 14 March, at 6:30 pm in Boole 1.
No registration necessary
Inaugural Workshop of The Irish Association for the Study of Central Asia: Development and Governance in Central Asia07 Jan 2019
Department of Government and Politics is delighted to present an Inaugural Workshop of The Irish Association for the Study of Central Asia entitled: "Development and Governance in Central Asia".
The workshop will take place on Saturday, 26th January 2019, between 9.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. in the CACSSS Seminar Room, O'Rahilly Building, Ground Floor (G27).
Tea and coffee will be available afterwardsRead more
The first Research Seminar of 2019 "The British Army in Northern Ireland" by Dr Huw Bennett, Cardiff University, and Dr Edward Burke, University of Nottingham.07 Jan 2019
Department of Government and Politics is delighted to launch its Seminar Series in 2019 with a talk by two visiting speakers.
Dr Huw Bennett, Cardiff University, and Dr Edward Burke, University of Nottingham will deliver a lecture entitled: ‘The British Army in Northern Ireland: Understanding Strategy and Civil-Military Relations’ on Tuesday, 15th January, 3.00-4.30 p.m. in the CACSSS Seminar Room (ORB G27), O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork.
Tea and coffee will be available afterwardsRead more
04 Jan 2019
Department of Government and Politics is delighted to announce that the first Jean Monnet lecture of 2019: 'Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain' will be delivered by an accomplished author, literary critic, historical writer, political commentator and columnist, Fintan O'Toole.
17 Dec 2018
A new article from Matt York – a PhD student in the UCC Department of Government and Politics – has been published in the Journal for Social Change.Read more
26 Nov 2018
Brexit: what are the gender consequences?
A long-awaited 20th Memorial Philip Monahan Lecture, which took place on the 22nd November 2018, was delivered by Fiona Mackay, Professor of Politics in the University of Edinburgh.
The theme of this year’s lecture was ‘The Gendered Consequences of Brexit’. The question of 'what prospects for women and women’s rights post-Brexit' was given thought-provoking answers. Additionally, Prof. Mackay assessed the pitfalls and perspectives for gender equality policy and women’s rights in these uncertain times.
The lecture was live-recorded and can be listen to via the Panpoto recording platform.
NOTE: Please skip approximately first 30 minutes of the recording from the Awards Night to start the lecture's slides and the audio.
21 Nov 2018
20th Annual Philip Monahan Lecture
The Department of Government and Politics is honoured that Professor Fiona Mackay of the University of Edinburgh will join us on Thursday 22 November to deliver the 2018 Philip Monahan Lecture.
The theme of this year’s lecture is ‘The Gendered Consequences of Brexit’.
Fiona Mackay is Professor of Politics in the University of Edinburgh, and formerly Dean and Head of its School of Social and Political Science from 2014 to 2017. Prof Mackay's research focuses on the impact of gender reform efforts during periods of restructuring and institutional change, addressing the extent to which global and local institutions of politics and governance may be designed or reformed to address gender inequality and promote gender justice.
09 Oct 2018
Department of Government and Politics
Jean Monnet Lecture Series
An Unquiet World: Trans-Atlantic Trump, Brexit and Beyond
Professor Amelia Hadfield
Canterbury Christ Church University
1-2pm, Thursday 29 November 2018
16 Nov 2018
Dr Laurence Davis has won the Kenneth M. Roemer Award for Innovative Course Design. The award is sponsored by the North American Society for Utopian Studies.
Department of Government and Politics students interning in the New York State Assembly
In January 2019, five students of the BSc Government degree will travel to Albany, New York to undertake work placement in the New York State Assembly. Sam Cronin, Jane Faller, Kelly McEveney, Liam O’Donovan and Lewis O’Shea will form part of the latest group of UCC students to participate in this internship programme, a relationship that extends back to 2002. In that time 90 students have experienced working in US politics in a structured work placement and academic programme.
Under the directorship of Dr Fiona Buckley, the Department of Government and Politics has pioneered the inclusion of work placement in political science degrees in Ireland. As well as work placement in the New York State Assembly, the Department also offers its students the opportunity to work in the Scottish Parliament, the European Parliament, the Oireachtas, Westminster, the Massachusetts State Legislature, government agencies, NGOs, and local authorities.
Picture shows the New York State Assembly in Albany, New York.
MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy Student Review
BA Politics graduate 2018, Seamus Allen, has joined our MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy (MSc IPPD) degree programme in September 2018. Please open the link to read what he has to say about the programme:
30 Oct 2018
On 10 September last, Dr Fiona Buckley addressed the International Congress of Parliamentary Women Caucuses, held in Dublin Castle. Fiona spoke about the adoption, implementation and effectiveness of gender quotas.Read more
22 Oct 2018
Dr Liam Weeks recently visited the Houses of the Oireachtas for an Open Day for the newly established Oireachtas internship.Read more
22 Oct 2018
On October 17, Senator Michael McDowell launched The Treaty: Debating and Establishing the Irish State in the Kevin Barry Recital Room in the National Concert Hall. This was the venue at which the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 was debated and voted on by the Second Dáil.
19 Oct 2018
The flagship event of the PSAI is the Annual Conference, held each October at a different location. The 2018 conference was hosted by the University of Limerick on the weekend of the 12-14th October 2018.Read more
15 Oct 2018
The UCC Open Day took place on Saturday the 13th of October 2018. The Department of Government and Politics stand was located in the Main Restaurant on the UCC main campus.Read more
19 Oct 2018
Theresa Reidy received the Research Communicator of the Year Award from UCC President, Patrick O’Shea, at the UCC staff research awards ceremony on 4 October 2018.Read more
19 Oct 2018
On 3 October 2018, Miriam O’Callaghan (RTÉ) launched The Post-Crisis Irish Voter: Voting behaviour in the Irish 2016 general election at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.Read more
09 Oct 2018
'The Day After [Brexit]': Rebuilding an Enduring Relationship for these Islands
Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA
Chief Whip Ulster Unionist Party
Brexit and Finance Spokesperson
3-4pm, Thursday 18 October, CACSSS Seminar Room, UCC.
ALL WELCOME (no registration necessary)Read more
09 Oct 2018
Dr Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan, UCC and Professor Gavin Barrett, UCD, were invited before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs on 3 October to analyse the European Commission’s Task Force’s report on subsidiarity, proportionality and ‘doing more with less’.Read more
UCC organised ‘Cork Discovers’ funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions10 Oct 2018
On 28 September 2018, UCC organised ‘Cork Discovers’ funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. It was a night of discovery where UCC researchers demonstrated what they do for society and how they might change your life!Read more
22 Aug 2018
You are invited to an event to mark the publication of
19 Jul 2018
You are invited to an event to mark the publication of
Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future:
Negotiating Brexit’s Unique CaseRead more
02 May 2018
The Department of Government and Politics Jean Monnet Lecture Series was delivered by Mr Matthew O'Toole, Chief Press Officer for Europe and Economic Affairs to British Prime Minister David Cameron (2015-2017). He discussed 'Brexit: Northern Ireland and the limits of language' on Thursday the 10th of May at 3pm in ORB_G.27.
Mr O'Toole's lecture can be heared here:
4th year BSc Government student, Kaitlin Jeffers, spoke at an event organised by the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA)04 May 2018
On Monday 23rd April, 4th year BSc Government student, Kaitlin Jeffers, spoke at an event organised by the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA). The conference on Brexit, Ireland and the Future of Europe saw Kaitlin deliver her vision for the future of Europe to a large audience in the Mansion House, Dublin. Taking place shortly after the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, the event featured a conversation with former Taoisigh on the topic of the Northern Ireland peace settlement, and the role it has played in the Brexit negotiations. Subsequently, a panel of high level European speakers discussed the future of the EU without the United Kingdom.Read more
09 Apr 2018
The Department of Government and Politics Jean Monnet Lecture Series was delivered by Author Brexit and Ireland: The Dangers, the Opportunities and the Inside Story of the Irish Response (Penguin 2017), Mr Tony Connelly, RTÉ Europe Editor. He discussed Brexit: Negotiating the Negotiations on Thursday the 12th of April at 4pm in ORB_G.27.
Mr Connelly's lecture can be viewed here:Read more
Department of Government and Politics PhD Studentships
Application Deadline: 5 pm, Friday 20 April 2018
The Department of Government and Politics at University College Cork is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2018-2019 PhD Government Studentship. The aim of the Studentship is to attract PhD students with outstanding academic promise in any area of government and political science, and to provide them with supervised training and teaching opportunities that will contribute to their professional development. The Studentship is open to both EU and non-EU applicants. It will ordinarily cover PhD fees up to the EU fee level (currently set at €5770 per annum). The scholarship will take the form of fee waivers (which are tax free). Dependent on resources and applicants, the Department will consider whether it can make additional funding available (including up to the non-EU fee level of €11,540 per annum for international students). This scholarship is only open to new applicants and not to existing PhD students of the Department of Government and Politics.
The Department of Government and Politics research and teaching encompasses the full breadth of the discipline of political science, including: Irish politics; comparative politics; political theory; public policy/public administration; the European Union; and international politics. Prospective applicants are therefore encouraged to consult the staff pages of the Government and Politics Department website, in which staff outline their research interests and indicate areas of research in which they would be happy to supervise PhD students: http://www.ucc.ie/en/government/people/.
The Studentship will normally be awarded for a period of one year in the first instance, and is renewable for up to three years, subject to annual review. All PhD students in receipt of a Studentship will be required to contribute to the Department’s teaching, through either tutorials, dissertation support for undergraduate or masters students, and/or lecturing. This will normally take the form of a maximum of 60 tutorial hours, a maximum of 48 lecture hours, or some combination of the two, to be agreed with the Head of Department. Prospective applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Department’s Book of taught Modules: https://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/page033.html.
In order to be considered for a Studentship, applicants must submit a formal application to study for a PhD in Government and Politics via PAC, a central processing point for all applications to read for higher degrees at Irish universities. Further details about the PhD Government programme, including application procedures, may be found on the PhD page of the Government and Politics Department website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/government/phd/. In addition to this material, PhD applicants who wish to be considered for a Studentship must also submit a 1-2 page formal application letter summarising their research and teaching interests and explaining why they believe they should be considered for a PhD Government Studentship. Applicants should outline any teaching, tutorial and dissertation support experience they have and subject areas in which they would be able to teach. Letters should be sent in the form of an email to the Director of the PhD programme, Dr. Laurence Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org), to be received no later than 5 pm on Friday 20 April 2018. Informal queries are also very welcome, and may be directed to Dr. Davis via email. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss possible applications with staff members whose research is most relevant to their areas of interest.
13 Mar 2018
The Department of Government and Politics Jean Monnet Lecture Series will be delivered by Author British-Irish Relations in the 21st Century (OUP forthcoming), Dr Etain Tannam. She will discuss How Brexit is bruising British-Irish Relations on Tuesday the 20th of March at 3pm in ORB_1.56.Read more
15 Feb 2018
The Department of Government and Politics Jean Monnet Lecture Series was delivered by former UK Minister for Europe, Denis MacShane. He discussed Brexit: Amputation or Co-Existence? on Tuesday the 20th of February at 3pm in ORB_G27.Read more
22 Jan 2018
The third Annual CLRG Public Lecture Series will take place on Thursday 15th of February 2018 at 6:30pm in Boole 1.Read more
07 Nov 2017
The 20th Philip Monahan Memorial Lecture which takes place on Thursday 9th November at 6:30pm in Boole 2.Read more
13 Oct 2017
The Department of Government conducted a case study for their Quality Review in Autumn 2017.Read more