Universities will be able to sign up to a new programme of student visits to Westminster and access a range of teaching resources, including reading lists, Powerpoint presentations and suggested learning activities.
Parliament Outreach, in partnership with POST, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, will also be giving academic researchers the chance to engage more with Parliament by offering workshops looking at how to use their research to get involved with the business of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, said;
"It’s really important that students get the opportunity to engage with the work of the House of Commons and House of Lords. I warmly welcome the launch of these new resources to help universities get their students involved in the work and business of Parliament."
Baroness D'Souza, Lord Speaker, said:
"If we want a politically engaged society, we must ensure that we, as Parliamentarians, are helping the future generation to understand how Parliament works, how that work affects them and how they can engage with members of both Houses. I am delighted that these new resources are now available, building on those already in place and extending Parliament’s interaction with students and young people."
The range of new resources builds on the existing programme of activities available for universities, including the Outreach Parliamentary Studies Module (currently co-taught with 13 universities) and the 'Open Lecture' series of monthly events, consisting of a lecture from a senior Parliamentary figure about Parliament and its work.
Parliament Outreach also offers free workshops and talks to universities across the country; during 2013, Outreach delivered 69 sessions at universities, reaching almost 4,000 students.
Naomi Saint, Universities Programme Manager, Parliament Outreach, said:
"Parliament’s Outreach Service offers a range of resources and services aimed at students and university staff. We look forward to welcoming more student visits to Parliament and to working with universities to engage students with how Parliament works."
The Houses of Parliament's Outreach Service spreads awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament, encouraging greater engagement between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
POST is Parliament's in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology.