Founded in 2011, UCPOLS encourages students and youth to become politically informed and active members of their community. As the student representatives to the School of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury, we act as a conduit between students, academics, and politicians.
UCPOLS offers a wide range of opportunities to engage in politics across the local, national, and international spectrum. Members enjoy exclusive access to a wide range of events, from seminars and guest speakers, to round-table panels and debates, to quiz nights and wine & cheese evenings.
Consider joining if you are: a Sagittarius, a megalomaniac, or you just like House of Cards. UC POLS caters to everyone who was bullied throughout high school for taking an active interest in how their country is run. Our club provides like-minded people with a place to mingle and have fun!
Visit us at www.ucpols.co.nz
Held during O-Week, get your hard-earned course related costs back with a free BBQ at the Foundry for all UCPOLS members.
THE UCPOLS POLITICAL PUB QUIZ
Held during Term 2, test your political knowledge in quiz categories such as 'Trump or not Trump' and 'Who the fuck's flag is this?'
UCPOLS WINE AND CHEESE
Renowned as (probably) the cheapest wine and cheese night on campus, highlights include an open bar for very little money and lots of cheese. This twice sell-out event is held during Term 3.
Held throughout the academic year, UC POLS invites guest speakers and lecturers from across the political spectrum to entertain and educate. Past speakers include politicians - including Jim Anderton, Andrew Little, and Winston Peters - journalists, activists, pundits, and scholars from the political world. Free for members.
DEBATES, DISCUSSIONS, AND PANELS
Held throughout the academic year, UC POLS invites speakers and groups to join panels and discussion forums on the political issues of the day - including international elections, current affairs, and topics of interest. Subjects for 2016 include Women in Politics, the US Presidential Election, the British referendum on EU membership, and Helen Clark's bid for the UNSG. Free for members.
Held once per term. We screen a range of films, including documentaries, comedies, and political dramas. And we supply popcorn. Free for all.
Becci Louise, President