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

General Election 2017 - 18 May 2017

Professor Tim Bale (Queen Mary University of London)Dr Jennifer Hudson (University College London), Professor Ailsa Henderson (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Chris Prosser (University of Manchester and British Election Study) discuss voting behaviour, polling, candidates and party politics ahead of the 8 June 2017 UK General Election.

Chair: Claire Ainsley (Trustee, Political Studies Association and Director of Communications and External Affairs, Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

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Local Elections in England, Scotland and Wales - 25 April 2017


Ahead of the 4 May local council elections leading political science experts covered the latest predictions and polling on the local council contests in England, Scotland and Wales.


§  Professor Colin Rallings (Plymouth University)

§  Professor Michael Thrasher (Plymouth University)

§  Professor John Curtice (University of Strathclyde)

§  Professor Roger Scully (University of Cardiff)

Chair: Professor Angelia Wilson (Chair, Political Studies Association)

Download: Briefing Pack | Slides | Podcast


Mayoral Elections Masterclass - 4 April 2017

Exactly one month before voters in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, the West of England, West Midlands and the Tees Valley head to the polls on 4 May 2017, the Centre for Cities and the Political Studies Association held a joint media briefing at the Institute for Government. 

Paul Swinney (Principal Economist, Centre for Cities), Professor John Curtice (University of Strathclyde) and Professor Tony Travers (Director, LSE London) present an in-depth look at: what powers the mayors will have to effect change; the 2015 General Election baseline for each mayoral area; the latest polling; the runners and riders in each contest; prospects for turnout based on previous non-London Mayoral contests; lessons from London’s Mayoral contests; wider implications for British politics, and more!

Download: Podcast | PSA press pack from John Curtice and Tony Travers | Centre for Cities press pack 


Northern Ireland Assembly elections briefing - 21 February 2017

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§  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)

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)



Papers from past 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

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