Just before the 2010 British general election, the School of Politics and International Relations set up a blog devoted to the contest, to try to give perspectives on the election that the reader wouldn’t find anywhere else.
It worked well. We published over 100 entries, before, during, and after the election, and the blog gained coverage and praise. It won the Some Comms award for the year’s best ‘low budget campaign’ in December (although in reality it was, as one of our team noted, less low budget, more no budget). The blog was also ‘highly commended’ in the category ‘Most Innovative Use of New Media’ at the How-Do Public Services Communications Awards at the beginning of November.
So, we thought we’d have a go at a wider School blog. It draws on the expertise of our academic staff and postgraduate researchers. It aims to be as eclectic as befits one of the largest and most diverse schools of politics in the UK. The guiding principles are merely that we want to try to bridge academia and the world outside, to try to add value to political discussions and debates, and to highlight some of the research and expertise within the School.