President: Emily Westwell
Being President of the PIR Society can be very demanding and comes with great responsibility however, it is highly enjoyable especially when you have a great committee to work with. My role involves delegating tasks amongst committee members as well as overseeing all activities undertaken by the society. This is my second year being involved with the PIR Soc as I previously acted as Secretary and hope to apply the knowledge I gained from this position to develop the society further. I have sought to continue to improve the level of communication that exists between the society and the PIR department as well as the College and Students Union. I intend this year to broaden the reach of PIR Soc, attracting a campus wide audience, drawing closer ties with other societies in order to improve what we are able to offer RHUL students. Furthermore, this year we intend to increase the amount of workshops and skills events that we offer to students focusing on opportunity for all, working closely with the careers service to give members information on extracurricular activities and post-graduate opportunities. I look forward to the year ahead as PIR president where I and my fellow committee members shall work tirelessly to ensure that our members and all RHUL students have an enriching and enjoyable year at Royal Holloway.
Secretary: Asra Shakoor
I am a third year Politics and International Relations student. I have just got back from an incredible exchange year. I am highly interested in conflict resolutions and the art of diplomacy. As Secretary, my role involves much of the administration work, keeping everyone in the committee on check, helping out with all aspects of the society and dealing with outside queries and of the students of RHUL.
Treasurer: Emily Kemp
I’m a 3rd year Economics, Politics and International Relations student. My role as treasurer is to look after the society’s finances and to fund as many opportunities as possible to members, from big NMUN events abroad to social events on campus. I hope to keep the society as financially secure as I kept dance society last year (as treasurer) and work with the committee to attract more students to join this ever growing, exciting society.
Academic Events Officer: Matthew MacDonald
I’m a third-year PIR student from Scotland. My role within the society alongside the Careers Officer is to organize academic events in the form of key note speeches, panel discussions and debates for student to watch and engage with. Being the academic events officer involves brainstorming initial ideas of what topics would be of interest and relevance, inviting politicians and distinguished guests to speak while also chairing all the events. By organizing these functions I hope to bring to Royal Holloway an array of interesting and engaging speakers who students would not necessarily be able to meet with. Likewise by planning a wide ranging list of key note speeches and debates I would like to think that these events will convey the relevance and importance of politics degrees.
Careers Officer: Queena Long
Being a third-year Politics and International Relations students, and as your Careers Officer, my role is to organise tailored workshops alongside the University of London’s Careers Centre. These will include CV writing and networking sessions. My goal is to not only make you acquainted with the resources available to you as University of London students, but to bring them to you. Thus if one has any questions in relations to anything to do with CVs and so forth, then please feel free to contact me. Moreover, I work closely with your Academic Events Co-ordinator to help invite guest speakers from a vast range of political sectors. As a duo, our aim is to broaden your horizon in relations to politics and international relations, as well as to encourage you to network with the guests.
NMUN Officer: Max Lacey
Hey, everyone, I’m Max and I’m currently the NMUN Officer/Head Delegate for this year’s trip to New York. I’ve been involved in the past two year’s NMUN conferences, winning two Outstanding awards plus some others along the way so hopefully I won’t crumble and ruin the reputation of Royal Holloway too much. I do Politics (surprise) and you may also see me desperately trying to keep control down at the SU most nights behind the bar.
NMUN Officer: Kuldeep Khera
I am a final year Politics and International relations student. As the head delegate for this years delegation to the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, I will essentially be leading the team in training and preparation to ensure their success amongst 4000 other students from across the globe. The NMUN conference is the most prestigious of its kind, with previous PIR led delegations enjoying much success in the form of numerous awards as well as being ranked in the top ten percent universities as an ‘Outstanding’ delegation. In a hope to continue this, along with my fellow NMUN Officer Max Lacey, we will seek to organize and hold weekly training sessions to prepare our team to represent Royal Holloway and continue the tradition. My role will also include administratively overlooking the trip as well as ensuring the team is well prepared and equipped for what will be an unforgettably enriching experience.
Volunteering and Social Officer: Jeffrey Moyo
IT Officer: Eoin O’Regan
I am a third-year History student and the IT Officer for the Politics and International Relations Society. As IT Officer, my primary role is the maintenance of the society’s website. The website was developed as a means for students to find information regarding the society – including upcoming events both academic and social, the international conferences in which we are involved and opportunities for careers and internships – as well as a forum in which to discuss relevant political issues.