These three very active student associations offer you a variety of events, seminars, film nights, and social activities, and in some cases funding and publication opportunities.

We strongly encourage you to get yourself involved.

UQ Political Science and International Relations Society

UQSPIR is a society for students studying Political Science, International Relations and any other major offered within POLSIS and students just generally interested in politics.

UQ Politics, Philosophy & Economics Society (UQPPES)

UQPPES is a community of students fascinated by politics, philosophy and economics, and excited by careers and applications at their intersection. The UQPPES was founded in 2017 by the inaugural cohort of UQ’s Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics as a place to share ideas, discuss contemporary issues, start careers and make friends. Since then, the society has grown well beyond its initial membership to include students from Economics & BAFE to Arts, Law, Advanced Humanities, and more.

UQ United Nations Student Association (UQUNSA)

The United Nations Student Association (UQUNSA) is the leading student society for international affairs at the University of Queensland. UQUNSA offers students the opportunity to learn more about the United Nations, engage socially with like-minded peers, network professionally with the wider community, and participate in Model United Nations conferences.


Logo of the UQUNSA

The Responsibility to Protect Student Coalition (R2PSC)

The chief aim of the Coalition is to advance support for and promote the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) through education and awareness raising, encouraging meaningful and creative dialogue, and the creation of networks of R2P interested students and people. We provide workshops, crisis simulations and panel discussions for our members to learn more about what R2P is and what current issues are. We also provide opportunities for networking with academics and field workers, as well as social events like trivia, pizza dinners and movie screenings.


Logo of the R2PSC


International Association of Political Science Students (IAPSS)

IAPSS is a not-for-profit association run entirely by students with over 1,000 members in 50 countries worldwide. IAPSS hosts and facilitates the exchange of ideas around the world at events allowing for academic insights and cooperative professionalization to come together in order to achieve the following aims:

  • Connect political science students around the globe;
  • Organize events on current affairs and challenging topics;
  • Help students improve their skills in academic research, writing and reasoning through contributions to our journals or blogs and participation at panels during conferences;
  • Create and strengthen active local IAPSS communities that conduct events at their universities.

Current opportunities to publish with IAPSS include our two academic journals (Politikon and Encuentro Latinoamericano/ELA), and approaching IAPSS events include the IAPSS Study Trip to Moscow (25-30 April 2017) and the IAPSS Convention in January 2018.

IAPSS will be contributing a delegation to the conference “Borders and Margins” hosted by IPSA, APSA and OCIS on July 21-26 2018 here in Brisbane, Australia. (


To join IAPSS, take advantage of opportunities such as travel grants, or find out more, contact us via email at, visit our website (, or connect with us through the following social media channels:

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