EUSA teaching awards

PIR staff nominated in several categories

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We’re delighted and proud to announce that PIR staff (Politics & International Relations, Edinburgh University) were nominated widely and often for EUSA teaching awards, and that our PhD student, Lisa Schweiger, has been shortlisted as a finalist for Best Tutor. Congratulations to everyone! And the nominees are:

Andrea Birdsall – Best overall teacher (2)

Elizabeth Bomberg – Best Personal Tutor (8), Best Overall Teacher (4)

Sara Dorman – Best Overall Teacher

Oliver Escobar – Best Teacher (13) Best Course (1)

Iain Hardie – Best Overall Teacher

Meryl Kenny – Best Teacher, Best Course (2)

Mihaela Mihai – Best dissertation supervisor (2), Best feed-back, Best course, Best Teacher

Lisa Schweiger – Best PhD Tutor (final shorlistee)

Mathias Thaler – Best Overall Teacher, Best Personal Tutor, Best Dissertation Supervisor

Oliver Turner – Best Overall Teacher

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Fun, Food, Folk: The Centrestage approach to dignified food provision

The need for food provision is growing in the UK and the shame and stigma of resorting to foodbanks are significant barriers to access for those needing support. Solving food poverty and the causes of increased foodbank use may take time; meanwhile, there is a clear need for immediate innovations in the provision of services.

Centrestage is a charity, backed by the social enterprise Centrestage Music Theatre CIC, that uses food and the arts to engage people, help to improve their life chances and (re)build communities.

This report focuses on Centrestage’s distinct food provision programme in some of the most deprived areas of North and East Ayrshire. The programme seeks to help people to access support, address underlying problems, build relationships and develop capacity for community action.

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Brexit, deliberative democracy, and the unforced force of the better argument

John Parkinson - Ruminative rumblings

brexitIt’s more than a week after the vote in the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union, and it’s taken me this long to write something. I mourn for a Britain that can be so courageous and welcoming, but has now legitimised blaming ‘the other’ to deflect blame at home. I am concerned for my many European friends in Britain, some of whom now share the experience of being subjected to hate in the streets, their children abused in the supermarket. I am sad for my many British friends who voted Remain, who resisted the closing of minds, and feel bereft. And I am feeling cheated, both personally and for my children, as doors close to us.

In the face of that grief, some Remainers like AC Grayling have claimed that a 50%+1 hurdle was too low and a super-majority of 60% should have been necessary; and/or that we…

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