Today’s Small-Soc’s piece takes a look at the UCD Politics and International Relations Society (PolSoc). Founded in 2016, PolSoc is one of the university’s fastest growing societies with an ever-increasing membership already having reached 400+ members. Aiming to provide an inclusive ‘environment and platform for students, especially for the members of the society interested in Politics & International Relations, in collaboration with expert staff of UCD’, the Politics and International Relations society hosts a number of events ranging from panel discussions and interactive workshops to coffee mornings and more. Becoming involved with the societies and clubs on campus presents students with the opportunity to get-out-there, have a blast and enhance your overall University experience in the company of your fellow students and friends alike. The wide scope of events that ‘PolSoc’ offer can certainly help you there!

Back in October of Trimester One, members both senior and new came along to the UN Walking Debate conducted by PolSoc. The society’s enthusiastic team aim to offer a space for ‘members to develop their skills academically, in a leadership and a team focused nature’.  The interactive nature of the event invited participants to engage in discussion based on the thought-provoking motions concerning the formation and operation of the UN as well as its impact upon every-day lives of its citizens. I must admit that I was struck by the range of arguments put forward both in favour and opposed to the current composition of the UN Security Council as well as the UN’s current role in promoting sustainable development among its 193 member states.  


Also, PolSoc hosts regular ‘coffee mornings’ providing freshly brewed French-Press Coffee no less, along with a variety of newspapers for you to indulge. Senior Committee member Eoin encourages students from ‘all-walks of campus life’ to part-take on the fun and proclaims that PolSoc hosts ‘the best-coffee -morning on campus’. 

Trimester two sees PolSoc continuing build on what has been a successful term on campus. Members can expect further opportunities to engage and debate the most relevant global and domestic issues of our time. Members will gain unprecedented access by invitation to exclusive events such as those hosted by the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA). Students and members are asked to ‘Watch this space’. Well, exciting times lie ahead for the Politics & International Relations Society here at UCD. Readers can keep up to date with all-things PolSoc by following them on Instagram @ucdpolsoc, Twitter @ucd_polsoc, or Facebook including all news and exciting announcements of one of the campus’ most impressive student societies that is the UCD Politics and International Relations Society.


Richard Cunningham – Reporter