The Politics and International Relations Society, founded in 2004, is the Department's very own student-run organisation. The PIRSoc organises debates, guest speakers from the political world, trips abroad and social occasions. Each student in the department is invited to become a member of PIRSoc.
The PIRSoc is a an extremely active, student-run academic society. It is comprised out of eight enthusiastic executives, who are dedicated to promoting various intellectually-stimulating opportunities for all PIRSoc members and to create a strong community bond between them. This year the PIRSoc is continuing to organise the NMUN trip to New York and will be selecting a delegation to participate in the world's largest NMUN Conference at the UN Headquarters.
This is a unique opportunity for all those interested in worldwide affairs to develop skills such as diplomacy, public speaking, negotiating, and resolution-writing whilst meeting people from all over the world. Such experience is particularly useful and relevant to students of Politics and International Relations with a desire to become better global citizens and develop a better understanding of contemporary international issues. Last year the Royal Holloway NMUN team were awarded an Outstanding Delegation award, Placing us in the top 5% of 250 Universities.
PIRSoc is working hard to continue to develop a close relationship with the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague (IYLC) which we will be attending in January for the second time. This conference allows students to experience smaller scale Institutional simulation like that of European Parliament or simulating an International Criminal Court tribunal as well as networking opportunities with Ambassador’s and guest lecturers. This is the second year we have taken a team to participate in IYLC; it is an enriching experience that is useful to students from all subjects and backgrounds.
The PIRSoc also directs its focus towards creating exciting academic and social events such as, trips to the Houses of Parliament, cinematic forums, attention-grabbing guest speakers and various socials. We have in the past held many successful events which have featured prominent guest speakers such as Philip Hammond Secretary of Defence, Nigel Farage leader of UKIP Party and George Galloway leader of the Respect party. The PIRSoc is a unique society for those willing to discover and with an enthusiasm for participating in student life.
This year we will also be redirecting our focus to better provide students with assistance in career and internship opportunities. Each student in the department is invited to become a member of PIRSoc, however we also welcome students from other degree programs who are interested in pursuing a career in this area of study or simply want to join for the fun of it.
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More information for NMUN and IYLC can be found at
The PIR Society can be contacted by email on infopirsoc.com
President: Emily Westwell (below)
Secretary: Asra Shakoor
Treasurer: Emily Kemp
Academic events Coordinator: Matthew MacDonald
Careers Officer: Queena Long
NMUN Officer: Max Lacey
NMUN Head delegate: Kuldeep Khera
IT Officer: Eoin O’Regan
Social Events and Volunteering Officer: Emily Leob
The PIRSoc has a continuing tradition of organising the delegation for NMUN at the UN Headquarters. In this conference 4,000 students world-wide participate in the forum which is closely modelled to develop diplomatic skills, negotiating and resolution writing. This is a once in a life time opportunity for students to be involved in contemporary international issues. In addition to this, for a couple of days students can become real diplomats from particular country and make certain decisions which affect international affairs.
The NMUN delegation in 2008 represented Colombia and received an Honourable Mention award which is one of the greatest achievements of the PIRSoc so far.
The 2009 delegation headed by the president Seiji Nishio represented Algeria and was the largest team ever taken by the PIRSoc. Two of the delegates - Yvonne Jeffery and Philip Marsh - this year won an Outstanding Delegation award which is the highest type of award given at the NMUN conference. They represented the Russian Federation in the additional Security Council committee. More...
In 2010 an 18-student delegation from Royal Holloway represented Republic of Mauritius in the conference and received the Honorable Mention award. More...
In 2011 a 22-student delegation from Royal Holloway represented Zambia in the conference and was awarded the highly acclaimed Distinguished Delegation award. More...
In 2012 a 20-student delegation from Royal Holloway represented Venezuela and won the Outstanding Delegation award, the highest team award available. More...
In 2013 a 21- student delegation from Royal Holloway represented France and won for the second year running the prestigious Outstanding Delegation award. More...
The PIRSoc committee 2013-14 will be recruiting new delegates in the Autumn term. The dates for the NMUN conference are late March 2014 in New York. http://www.nmun.org/
For further details please contact the Academic Events Coordinator, Matthew McDonald, on Matthew.MacDonald.2011live.rhul.ac.uk