Rt. Hon. David Blunkett MP joins University of Sheffield's Department of Politics

The University of Sheffield's Department of Politics today (4 July 2013) welcomed Rt. Hon. David Blunkett as a Visiting Professor in what is set to become the world's first Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics.

Rt. Hon. David BlunkettThe MP for Sheffield and Brightside will be joining world leading political experts at the University in order to contribute valuable academic work as well as policy development at a national level.

Mr Blunkett first joined the University as a mature student in 1969 where he studied Political Theory and Institutions. He worked tirelessly for six years attending evening classes to get the qualifications he had not had access to at school in order to gain a place at the world-leading institution.

Now, 44 years on, he will return as a Visiting Professor in order to reinforce the work he has already been doing with the department to enhance the experience of both undergraduates and the pioneering research endeavours of staff.

Today Mr Blunkett will also be admitted as an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Mr Blunkett said: "I've always been proud to work with the University, which welcomed me as a mature student all those years ago. I'm particularly pleased to be able to develop work with The Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics (Crick Centre), named after my old tutor and the enormous work that he did in the political arena, as well as a respected academic and biographer.

"I hope that working with Professor Matthew Flinders and the staff in the Department of Politics, it will be possible to develop this new Centre so that it provides not only a contribution to the work of the University, but the wellbeing and policy development at national level.

Professor Matthew Flinders"I hope that this will become a centre of excellence and have a lasting impact on the work of politics and social sciences more broadly."

The Crick Centre will be officially launched later this year. The Lord Speaker, Baroness d'Souza, will host a public lecture on 14 November 2013 at St Georges Lecture Theatre.

Professor Matthew Flinders added: "It is wonderful to have David Blunkett appointed as a Visiting Professor within the Department of Politics. His political experience and broad contribution to the social sciences will not only be a major asset in terms of teaching and research but he also brings a distinctive dimension in terms of public engagement and outreach. The University will be launching the world's first Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics in September - named after Sir Bernard Crick - and David will play a key role in establishing and driving it forward."

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