PAIRS (Politics & Intl Relations)

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Welcome to the UWE PAIRS (Politics & International Relations Society) Page!

We are a society and network for all UWE students that discusses hot-button political issues in a variety of different events and collaborations with other societies. We also provide many networking opportunities if you're interested in getting further in to the political sphere. If you're a Politics & IR student (or someone who is interested in the subject field but not studying it) its a great place to get peer support no matter your level. However we aren’t just here for politics students; we invite all students who are interested in domestic and international politics to sign up and join us at our events and debates.


Committee 2021/2022

Ryan Stevens (President)

Sadie Trent (Vice President)

Calun Thomas (Treasurer)

Ben Roynon (Events Coordinator)

Jake Brackstone (Equality and Participation)


Model United Nations (MUN) conferences are an official part of UWE PAIRS activities. Our own UWE MUN has grown hugely since its humble beginnings in 2012, an event we run annually with great success. We also offer our members opportunities to attend up-coming MUNs around the world. 



PAIRS Events

We also hold regular debates on current political issues alongside new PAIRS events such as Movie Night Debates and Café Politik. Scroll down for details of some of our upcoming events! The most common activities are the regular socials and debates, which we aim to run weekly. Our past socials have included traditional pub evenings, bowling, mini-golf, the Bristol Festival of Ideas talks and a joint social with the Politics Society of University of Bristol. We also attempt to look out for interesting talks locally, nationally and within the university.

Award Winning Society

PAIRS is a multi-award-winning society. In the past we have been honoured to be voted the Best Academic Society of the Year, Best Trip and Most Improved Society and we consistently receive nominations at the society ball. This year we have been nominated for a record number of 5 nominations in the following categories: Society of the Year, Best Academic Society, Event of the Year, Most Improved Society and Commitment to Participation.



If you have any questions or would like to contact us about anything else to do with PAIRS please PM us on Facebook or tweet us using the links above. Alternatively you can drop us an email at


UPCOMING EVENTS (More info on our Facebook page)

Society Awards (5 Nominations for PAIRS) - 23rd May

Big Tent Ideas Festival - 11th June

Carolyn Harris MP (Labour MP for Swansea East and Deputy leader of Welsh Labour) - Date TBH

Information on regular socials and other local political events will be available on our Facebook page

Past events

Houses of Parliament trip with Darren Jones MP - 25th April

Easter Politics Social - Revolution Bristol

Watershed Memoria Screening, talk from Miguel Prado and Cecile Malaspina

Cross Society Debate with UWE Labour, UWE Conservatives and UWE Debating

End of Year Drinks (with open bar) - Stock Exchange Cocktail Club

Politics and International Relations Q&A with Eldar Gasimov - YouTube

Lords and Legislation discussion with Baroness Sal Brinton - YouTube

#WhatIsHappeningInMyanmar: Q&A with KCL PhD student Anna Plunkett - YouTube

Politics, Refugee and asylum discussion with Glasgow Girl Roza Salih - YouTube

Paul Niland talks all things Ukraine with UWE PAIRS - YouTube