Media briefings

The PSA hosts a number of briefings throughout the year on topics of interest to the media. Our speakers have included such renowned academics as Professor John Curtice (Strathclyde University), Professor Vernon Bogdanor (King's College, London), and Professors Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher (University of Plymouth).  

2017 PSA briefings

Northern Ireland Assembly elections briefing - 21 February 2017

Leading academics in Northern Irish politics explain the current state of the parties, why an election is taking place just ten months after the previous contest, which seats are likely to see change, and what the impact will be, as well as the impact of Brexit and the implications for the peace process.

Download the briefing pack here. Listen back to the briefing here.


§  Professor Jon Tonge (University of Liverpool)state of the parties, which seats are likely to see change and what could happen next.

§  Dr Katy Hayward (Queen's University Belfast): Northern Ireland and Brexit.

§  Professor Feargal Cochrane (University of Kent): Assembly elections and the Northern Ireland peace process.

Chair: Brian Walker (The Constitution Unit, UCL)

What:                   Breakfast briefing with leading PSA academics

When:                  21 February 2017

Where:                 Institute for Government, 2 Carlton Gardens, London, SW1Y 5AA

Time:                    8.30am – 10.00am

The session will comprise 30 minutes of presentations followed by 60 minutes of Q&A. Briefing packs will be available and a continental breakfast will be served from 08:15am.

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Download our PSA Experts Directory on the Northern Ireland Assembly elections 2017 here


2016 PSA briefings

EU Referendum briefing - 26 May 2016

(Leading experts on Britain’s EU referendum break down the latest research on the voters, polls, campaign and referendums)

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§  Professor Matthew Goodwin (University of Kent)

§  Professor John Curtice (University of Strathclyde)

§  Dr Caitlin Milazzo (University of Nottingham)

§  Dr Alan Renwick (The Constitution Unit, University College London)

English Local Elections update - 5 April 2016

(Local government election overview with latest local polling, key contests and impact of EU referendum on state of parties)

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§  Professor Colin Rallings (Plymouth University)

§  Professor Michael Thrasher (Plymouth University)

§  Professor Matthew Goodwin (University of Kent)

Mayoral Contests - 12 April 2016

(With focus on London and Bristol and implications of candidates’ views on EU referendum)

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§  Professor Tony Travers (LSE)

§  Professor Robin Hambleton (UWE)

Scottish & Welsh Elections - 19 April 2016

(With latest polling, implications for the Prime Minister and Westminster of a strong SNP showing and what the continued strength of the SNP might mean for EU referendum)

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§  Professor John Curtice (University of Strathclyde)

§  Professor Richard Wyn Jones (University of Cardiff)

§  Professor Laura Cram (University of Edinburgh)


2015 PSA briefings

The Latest Forecast and Likely Coalition Permutations - 16 April 2015

Media Briefing Presentations Pack - Download

  • Dr Jennifer Hudson (University College London) - Video - Podcast
  • Professor John Curtice (University of Strathclyde) - Video - Podcast
  • Dr Chris Hanretty (University of East Anglia) - Video - Podcast
  • Dr Stephen Fisher (University of Oxford) - Video - Podcast
  • Professor Paul Whiteley (University of Essex) - Video - Podcast


The Local Elections and the Smaller Parties - 14 April 2015

  • Professor Colin Rallings (University of Plymouth) on the local elections - Slides - Video
  • Professor Michael Thrasher (University of Plymouth) on the local elections - Slides - Video
  • Professor Sarah Birch (University of Glasgow) on The Green Party - Slides - Video
  • Dr Rob Johns (University of Essex) on The SNP - Slides - Video
  • Dr Matthew Goodwin (University of Nottingham) on UKIP - Slides - Video

State of the Major Parties - 24 March 2015

  • The Conservative Party - Professor Jane Green (University of Manchester)
    Video - Podcast - Slides
  • The Labour Party - Professor Tim Bale (Queen Mary, University of London)
    Video Podcast
  • The Liberal Democrats - Dr David Cutts (University of Bath)
    Video - Podcast - Slides

Scottish Independence - 17 June 2014

Dr Jan Eichhorn, Professor Ailsa Henderson, Helena Djurkovic, Professor Ed Fieldhouse and Professor John Curtice

The European elections across continental Europe - 13 May 2014

Professors John Gaffney, Simon Green and Simon Hix with Helena Djurkovic (PSA CEO)

The European elections in the UK - 7 May 2014

Professors Tim Bale, Jane Green and Dr. Richard Whitaker with Helena Djurkovic (PSA CEO) 

The local elections - 29 April 2014

Professors Rallings, Curtice and Thrasher with Helena Djurkovic (PSA CEO)  

The London elections - 23 April 2014

Professor Tony Travers (LSE) and Helena Djurkovic (PSA CEO)

Local elections - 24 April 2013

Collin Rallings, Helena Djurkovic (PSA CEO), Michael Thrasher and John Curtice



The state of the parties - 11 September 2013

Richard Whitman, Helena Djurkovic (PSA CEO), Richard Wyn Jones and Matt Beech



Papers from past PSA briefings

Scottish independence

The European elections across Continental Europe - 13 May 2014

The European elections in the UK - 7 May 2014

The local elections - 29 April 2014

The London elections - 23 April 2014

The State of the Parties - 11 September 2013


Local Elections - 24 April 2013


House of Lords reform - 11 July 2012


Scottish independence - 5 July 2012


Local elections - 18 April 2012


The London elections - 11 April 2012


Local Mayoral referendums - 27 March 2012


The alternative vote - 29 March 2011