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Parliamentary placements: the benefits and challenges

Norton, Philip



I have been running placement schemes at the House of Commons now for two decades. One entails spending the third year of a four year degree (in British Politics and Legislative Studies, BPLS) on placement with an MP. Another, a more recent scheme, entails students on three year single honours degrees spending one semester - the penultimate semester of the final year - at Westminster. With the former, the placement year is an integral part of the degree programme; with the latter, candidates are selected by interview in the second year. Both my experience and a C-SAP-funded survey in 2004-5 of our students and placement providers reinforce the findings of previous studies as to the benefits of experience-based learning. Experience also demonstrates the challenges posed to any organisation providing opportunities for placements.


Norton, P. (2008). Parliamentary placements: the benefits and challenges. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 1(1), 1-9.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2008
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2015
Publication Date 2008-04
Print ISSN 1756-848X
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 1
Pages 1-9
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