Scholars Connecting with the Movers and Shakers of British Politics
Hansard Society Scholars are not only given an unparalleled insight into the mechanics of parliament during the course of their studies and research internships, but are also provided with fantastic opportunities to meet in person some of the most influential MPs and Lords in British politics.
From a casual conversation during a drinks reception at the House of Lords to a politically charged debate in a House of Commons lecture room, our Scholars gain invaluable personal experience, as well as great memories, meeting leading figures at the helm of parliamentary procedure.
(Above left) Baroness Hayman, Lord Speaker and Co-President of the Hansard Society,
welcomes Hansard Scholars to the Scholars Reception at the House of
(Above right) Eric Haney, Hansard Scholar and student at Goucher College, USA, having a chat over a drink with Professor the Lord Norton of Louth (FRSA, AcSS) during the Scholars Reception in the House of Lords' River Room. Lord Norton is Director of Studies at the Hansard Society, Professor of Government at Hull University and one of Britain’s leading constitutional experts.
Former Hansard Scholars Programme Coordinator, Ivanna Chakma (centre), with
Hansard Research Scholars in the River Room at the House of Lords during
the Scholars reception.
Speaker of the House of Commons and Hansard Society President, John Bercow MP, takes questions after giving a talk on Parliamentary reform in Parliament's Portcullis House (June, 2010). The event - organised by the Hansard Society and aired on BBC Parliament - was attended by MPs, journalists, senior researchers and many more, as well as the Hansard Scholars themselves who were able to meet some of these highly influential individuals within the British political arena.
Autumn 2009 Scholars meeting Speaker Bercow following the Political Studies Association lecture.