Keele University to offer unique Parliamentary Studies module

The UK Parliament today announced that 24 universities will offer a new innovative and unique Parliamentary Studies module from the 2019/20 academic year.

The aim of the rigorous course is to provide students with detailed knowledge of how Parliament works in both theory and practice. It is approved by and taught in collaboration with the UK Parliament, delivered in partnership with a number of higher education institutions.

Keele University’s bid for the module was led by politics lecturers Dr Phil Catney, Dr Gemma Loomes and Dr Matthew Wyman.

Module leader Dr Catney said: “We are delighted that Keele has been recognised for its strength in teaching British politics and to have have been chosen to work with parliamentary staff to deliver this module. This scheme will offer our students a wonderful opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the UK Parliament at a time when it is of such national importance.”

Professor Robert Ladrech, the Head of School Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment, said: “This module is a significant addition to our portfolio of teaching in national and international politics, and we are excited about the opportunities that will be offered by working with the Westminster Parliament over the next five years.”

The Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP said: “There can be no better time to learn about politics - how Parliament operates and to hear from the people who work there - than right now when the topic is on everyone’s mind.

“Our Parliamentary Studies module brings the procedures of the House of Commons and House of Lords to life, providing a wonderful complement to on-campus teaching with a range of resources and services aimed at engaging students and university staff.

“I am so pleased that we now have 24 universities involved in the scheme – four more than previously.”

Rt Hon the Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker, commented: “Having been a keen supporter of the parliamentary studies programme for several years, I am delighted that it is going from strength to strength, and that its further expansion will mean that many more students throughout the UK will be able to participate. The programme has already resulted in a significant increase in the teaching of parliamentary studies and I gladly offer it my continued and enthusiastic support.”