Politics at Hull: 50 years and going strong…

University of Hull

Last night, I hosted a reception at the House of Lords to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Politics at the University of Hull.  It is one of several events organised to celebrate this particular milestone. There are various public lectures at the University – in the New Year, the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow will be speaking on reform of the House of Commons – and in February Palgrave Macmillan will be publishing a book, The Withering of the Welfare State, written by past and present members of the Department.

The event at the Lords was especially appropriate given that four members of the House have been in the Department (three – Lord Parekh, Lord Smith of Clifton, and me – as members of staff, and one – Lord Plant – as a PhD student) and we currently have over thirty students on placement in Parliament.  When the placement scheme was introduced over twenty years ago, the first cohort going on placement comprised three students. 

The Department has gone from strength to strength, both qualitatively and quantitatively.  When it started in 1961, there were 3 members of staff and 10 students.  After 25 years, there were about 15 members of staff and 300 students.  Today, we have 20 members of staff and approximately 620 students.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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3 Responses to Politics at Hull: 50 years and going strong…

  1. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Lord Norton,
    It sounds as though the British ship of state is secured upon a sturdy and unbreached Hull. Congratulations on your part in this success…

  2. maude elwes says:

    Commons Speaker Bercow, having pushed through an outrageous £9 million increase in Parliament’s budget, should be ashamed of himself, as last year’s audit of accounts has still not been signed off. So he is not a person to be lauded from my point of view. Not to mention his wildly crazy nymphomaniac wife lowers the standards of Parliament completely with her crazed need for fame regarding her lack of satisfaction she spouts about in the media. This has to question whether his judgment is sound and therefore if he is worthy of trust.

  3. macarthursmutterings says:

    What a great way to celebrate a great milestone, as a past student I congratulate you and the Department on your continued success and remember fondly my time there as a student and the good grounding it gave me for my career

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