The European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS) Society was established in the spring of 2022 to seize the opportunities provided by the easing of the pandemic to forge meaningful inter-disciplinary and inter-community connections at UCL. With members of the EISPS Department studying 10 languages and specializing in 7 majors ranging from law to quantitative social sciences, EISPS has been at the forefront of interdisciplinary at UCL. EISPS, too, is an internationally diverse space, with members hailing from 51 countries worldwide.
Who We Are
The EISPS Society was formed the way all great start-ups are: from an idea. As the world grows increasingly complex, academic societies at UCL have nevertheless become pigeon-holed in their academic disciplines, specializing only in economics, law, history, international relations, or in specific regions of the world. This Society was thus born of the conviction that the community of fellows at the department of European and International Social and Political Studies, who traverse all the disciplines above and thrive in a globalized environment, present a wealth of untapped potential.
Our Society’s mission is to encourage a greater flexibility of thought and learning, and to support those who are already embarking on interdisciplinary paths to make change in an increasingly uncertain world. Our role is to connect these young change-makers with organisations, institutions, and scholars, enabling them to grow and contribute meaningfully to society at large.
Why should you join us?
This year the EISPS Society is aiming big - a whole new roster of soirées, events, offices visits and balls are being planned out for the upcoming terms. Whether you're looking to connect and find people with similar interests to yours, a networking enthusiast, an activist, someone looking to kickstart a grandiose career, an intense academic or a polyglot looking for practice, our society will be the place to be.
Our Upcoming Events
- Eye on China: A Seminar with Andrew Methven
18 March 2023, 18:00 - 19:00
Engineering Front Building, Executive Suite 103
Join EISPS Society for a short discussion with Andrew Methven, CEO of Hampton Group Holdings and Publisher of the Slow Chinese Newsletter, on his experiences working with Chinese organisations and studying Chinese as a foreign language. If you are learning Mandarin, are interested in working in Asia, or want to know more about the UK-China relationship, Methven offers a wealth of experience and insight. This is also a fantastic networking opportunity.
- From Crisis to Opportunity: A European Diplomatic Roundtable
10 March 2023, 17:30 - 19:30
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Join UCL EISPS Society, IR Society, Oxford Diplomacy Society, and LSE Grimshaw Club for our European Roundtable! The discussion will feature officials at various European embassies, who will be discussing the future of Europe and the opportunities that lie ahead. After the roundtable, there will be an exclusive networking reception until 9:00pm, where participants can connect with diplomats and fellow attendees.
- U.S. Diplomacy Day: Dialogue with American Diplomats
23 March 2023, 14:00 - 16:00
U.S. Embassy London
UCL EISPS Society is pleased to announce its attendance at the U.S. Diplomacy Day, which welcomes university students from across the U.K. interested in diplomacy and international affairs to the U.S. Embassy in London for a day of debate, discussion, and career insights.
Want to know more about EISPS Society?
- Our Past Events
2 November 2022: Working with NGOs (xUCL In Aid of UNICEF)
Well attended and insightful seminar held in collaboration with the society
UCL In Aid of UNICEF, as well as NGOs Frontline UK and Save the
Children on the work that is done by NGOs and other members of civil
society, as well as how students can embark on a career in the social
3 November 2022: Political Science Careers Seminar
EISPS Society was honoured to host two guests from New Century Media and Apolitical, who shared their experiences building their careers as former students of political science, and offered advice on how current students can best make use of their degree to prepare for future careers in the private sector.
And of course, many social events!
- Who are we?
EISPS Society was founded in 2022 by a dedicated team of nine from the
EISPS Department's class of 2025. Representing seven different
countries (and autonomous regions), the team has worked hard to bring
the Society to life: from button-up career events to let-your-hair-down
socials, we aim to bring your university experience to the next level.
Join the 2023 Committee!
Want to join the team and steer EISPS Society in a new direction? We're
holding elections as part of the 2023 Leadership Race! Nominate yourself
for one of the six positions available, or vote for your desired leaders now!
- Get Involved
Join our 2023 Committee!
Want to join the team and steer EISPS Society in a new direction? We're holding elections as part of the 2023 Leadership Race! Nominate yourself for one of the six positions available, or vote for your desired leaders now!
- Read our newsletter!
EISPS Society is the proud sponsor of our own newsletter The Rendezvous, edited by Alicia Charon. Read the first four issues here:
The Rendezvous Issue 1 - 6 October 2022
The Rendezvous Issue 2 - 4 November 2022
The Rendezvous Issue 3 - 6 December 2023
The Rendezvous Issue 4 - 30 January 2023