About

This blog is produced by members of the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham to help readers make better sense of the world around them.

The School is one of the best places to study politics. We currently run nine undergraduate and nine post-graduate taught programmes; and have a 40 strong PhD population.

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise we were in the top ten in the UK for research power, with 85 per cent of our research activity being rated as of international standard. This research is organized around six centres and institutes whose members include some of the world’s leading experts in their fields.

The origins of the blog lie in the 2010 British general election for which we decided to 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.

All contributions on this blog represent the author’s opinions; they are not the collective views of the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham.