Commons backing for university course

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POLITICIANS of the future can get a firm grounding in the field on a new course module at the University of Sheffield.

MPs, Lords and Parliamentary clerks are to visit the city to talk with students after Sheffield University’s Department of Politics launched the first undergraduate module formally accredited and co-taught by the House of Commons.

Students will be able to take a behind-the-scenes peek at the Commons next month.

Professor Flinders, who developed the module with the Parliamentary Outreach Service, said: “ The fact the department was selected to drive forward this initiative reflects its reputation for world-class teaching and research.

“Having a succession of parliamentary clerks and members of the House of Parliament coming up to Sheffield as guest lecturers will provide insights and opportunities simply not available to most students of politics.

“John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House, has been incredibly supportive and promoted this initiative in a number of recent speeches.”

The module is a joint initiative between the university, the outreach service and the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom.

It aims to provide a theoretically-informed but policy-relevant insight into the history, governance and future of legislatures and assemblies globally.

Students will write a draft memorandum of evidence for a select committee instead of a 3,000 word essay.