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

Posted by pt91 at Feb 28, 2013 01:08 PM |
Students will receive talks from senior Parliamentary staff and have the chance to visit the Palace of Westminster

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 February 2013

The University of Leicester 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 Leicester 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 Dr Richard Whitaker of the Department of Politics and International Relations. It is designed to be of particular value to those considering a career in politics.

Richard Whitaker said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to study a module co-taught with the Houses of Parliament. It builds on our well-established teaching in this area and complements modules we run on other aspects of British politics. Winning the opportunity to run this module is a mark of the quality of teaching and research on parliaments in the department”.

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 Leicester 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. 

The new Parliamentary Studies module has been piloted at the University of Sheffield in 2012/13 but as part of Parliament’s Outreach Service commitment to expanding the roll-out of the module, a small number of selected universities have been chosen by a judging panel to deliver the module from 2013/14. Universities chosen are: Birkbeck - University of London, University of Bristol, Cardiff University, University of Edinburgh, University of Hull, University of Leeds, University of Leicester, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Sheffield, University of Strathclyde, Swansea University, and University of Ulster.

The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly of Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the UK Office of the European Parliament are also involved in the delivery of the module, providing support and teaching on relevant seminars.

Editor’s Notes

1.    For enquiries to the University of Leicester please contact Ather Mirza:; 0116 252 2415

2.    For media enquiries concerning the Parliamentary Studies module or Parliament Outreach please contact Gary Calder, House of Commons Media Service, on 020 7219 1123

3.    To find out more about the Parliamentary Studies module please visit  

4.    Parliament's Outreach Service offers a range of resources and services aimed at students and university staff. More details can be found at

5.    Parliament's Outreach Service raises awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament, with the aim of increasing levels of public engagement. It is a bicameral service and part of a strategy endorsed by both Houses to strengthen the connection between Parliament and the public. 

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