Schools workshops on applying to study Politics at university

Every year, the Political Studies Association organises a series of school workshops at universities around the United Kingdom.  

The workshops are designed to give students a sense of what to expect if they choose to undertake a degree in politics. To that end, they cover the following sessions: the application process, what to expect when you get to university, and a lecture delivered by a senior university academic. A draft programme can be viewed online here.


In 2016, workshops will be held in the following three locations, Strathclyde University, King's College London. The programmes for the day are below:


Strathclyde University (15 June)

Professor John Curtice gave a lecture on 'Studying Politics Through Numbers: The Case of the EU Referendum'

Dr Mark Shepard talked about on his career and research in politics. See his presentation here.

Dr Neil Neil McGarvey spoke about the Admissions process to Scottish universities

Nicola Sutherland, a Careers Advisor at Strathclyde, gave a presentation on Careers Options for Politics graduates

Current Strathclyde University student, Ross Stephen, spoke on his experiences as a Politics student


King's College, London (20 June)

Dr Lee Savage gave a lecture on 'Does Support for Welfare Spending Depend on who Benefits?'

Luke Chapman from KCL Admissions spoke on the Competitive Admissions Process.  


Manchester University (30 June)

Dr Tom McCunnie spoke on the Application Process for Politics Students. 

Professor Rob Ford gave a presentation on British Public Opinion on the Eve of the EU Referendum


As a new initiative for 2015 each workshop included a session by a practitioner to talk to prospective politics students about their experiences of working in political roles and how a degree in politics could relate to this.

Practitioners included the Provost of Stirling, Cllr Mike Robbins; BBC’s North West political editor, Arif Ansari; DEMOS’s Head of Citizenship and Political Participation, Jonathan Birdwell; Director of Mock Recruit, Ayath Ullah; and former MP for Bristol South and Treasury Minister, Rt Hon Dame Dawn Primarolo.  Some photos from the workshops can be viewed here and here.

Please find below some videos from select workshops

The following presentations were delivered at our workshop on 'Applying to Study Politics at University' at University College London on 29th of June 2015.

Dr Lee Savage (King's College London) presentation about the application process for applying to go to university. You can view the slides here:

Harvey Chandler's (President, Politics Society Brunel University London) and Rachael Farrington's (Brunel University London and founder of Voting Counts) presentation about what to expect when you get to university:

The following videos below were recorded at a schools workshop held at University College London on 3 July 2013. Dr Jennifer Hudson, former PSA Trustee and Senior Lecturer in Political Behaviour at UCL, delivered the interactive university-style lecture on the topic 'Public opinion and development-aid':