HEA offers fund for Parliament dissertations

17 September 2012

The Houses of Parliament and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) are offering a unique opportunity to students writing a dissertation on Parliament.

Students of any subject have the chance to apply for a HEA-funded bursary to cover the cost of a visit to Parliament, where they can see the House of Commons and House of Lords in action and meet Parliamentary officials to discuss their dissertation.

Applications are welcome from any discipline as long as the dissertation examines some aspect of the institution of Parliament; such as the procedures, processes, business, members, administration or the Estate.

So whether dissertation are about, for example, the role of Select Committees, the power of backbench MPs and Peers, or the art and architecture of Parliament, undergraduates and taught postgraduates students are encouraged to apply for their chance to be awarded up to £350 for travel and subsistence expenses.

How to apply for HEA bursary

Application forms and further details, including the amount of bursary funds available and the criteria used to assess applications are available online.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 2 November 2012.

Visits will be coordinated by Parliament’s Outreach Service, although successful applicants will be responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation.

Further information

The Houses of Parliament 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.

It offers a range of resources and services aimed at university students and staff, including tailored lectures, presentations, case studies and can organise Parliamentary speakers to help students and academics find out more about the processes, business and work of Parliament. 

The Service also runs a series of free Open Lecture events on a variety of subjects, from the Parliamentary Art collection to the Lord Speaker’s international relations, taking a more in-depth look at Parliament and how it works.

The Higher Education Academy is a national body for learning and teaching in higher education that works with universities and other higher education providers to bring about change in learning and teaching. 

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