ECN Ambassador Scheme
The ECN has developed a working relationship with the Parliamentary Education Service (PES) and the education charity Teach First, in order to collaborate on an access scheme for disadvantaged young people across the UK. This scheme will see young academics, drawn from the ECN, trained up to deliver talks in target schools around the UK about the importance of politics and what 'politics' actually means; what it means to study politics at University and how to apply successfully; and how the study of politics can benefit young people in later life. Wherever possible academics will be accompanied by a member of staff from PES, who will help to deliver a 'taster session' in one area of politics.
This scheme is an ECN initiative grounded in a desire to engage those communities of young people who never get the opportunity or encouragement to interact with politics. At the same time, this scheme speaks to the PSA's wider commitment to reaching out along the educational pipeline and addressing the transmission of political inequality - those in the bottom quintile for household income are currently five times less likely to participate in politics. There is also a growing crisis of uptake in the study of politics at university, especially among cohorts from disadvantaged communities where schools do not normally offer Politics as an A-Level option.
As a PSA ambassador, you will have the chance to make a difference in this fight. So what does it entail?
Act as a respectable ambassador for both the PSA and the discipline of politics;
Deliver at least one school visit per semester (travel expenses will be covered and resources will be provided);
Play an active role in reaching out to schools in your local community.
Formal training with the Parliamentary Education Service and PSA on outreach and youth engagement;
Add evidence of impact to your academic portfolio;
Meet/network with early career academics from around the country.
The ECN now invites you to sign up as an ambassador by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and institution. You will be contacted in due course about the formal training session to be held in April. The real-world efficacy of this scheme will increase the size of our ambassador network, so please make a small commitment to make a big change.