Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

University of Leeds students to study official Houses of Parliament Politics module

27 February 2013 |

The University of Leeds has been chosen to deliver a new Parliamentary Studies module, approved and co-taught by the House of Parliament. This project has the support of the Speakers of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the University of Leeds is one of only 13 universities chosen to deliver the module from September 2013.

The module gives students a detailed knowledge of how the UK Parliament works, through seminars delivered by senior Parliamentary staff as well as University of Leeds lecturers, and is designed to be of particular value to those considering a career in politics. At Leeds, the module will be taught as part of the Politics and Parliamentary Studies degree programme. This is a four year degree during which students spend their third year of study on a political placement, typically with an MP in Westminster.

Dr Richard Hayton, the Director of the Politics and Parliamentary Studies degree programme, said: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen to participate in this scheme. The new module delivered in conjunction with Parliamentary staff will further enhance our prestigious PPS degree, and be invaluable in helping to prepare students for their placements in Parliament.’  

Clare Cowan, Head of Public Information and Outreach at the Houses of Parliament said, “Parliament’s Outreach Service offers a range of resources and services aimed at students and university staff. The applications from universities to teach the Parliamentary Studies module were of a very high standard and we look forward to working with The University of Leeds to engage students with the work of the House of Commons and House of Lords.” 

Students studying the module will have the chance to visit the Palace of Westminster, as well as receiving talks at their university from Parliamentary clerks covering a range of topics from the legislative process to the changing role of the House of Lords. 

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