Picture of Professor Matthew Flinders with delegation of Senior Chinese government officialsThe Crick Centre Hosts Chinese Delegation to Discuss Political Participation in the UK

The Department of Politics, together with the Sir Bernard Crick Centre, was today delighted to welcome a delegation of senior Chinese government officials to the Department to learn about democratic engagement and party politics in the UK.

The visitors were introduced to the new Crick Centre, which opened its new offices in the Department of Politics last week with the aim of bringing together different communities to improve people’s understanding of democratic politics in the 21st Century.

Professor Matthew Flinders, Director of the Crick Centre, spoke to the delegation about the political system in the UK, discussing its structure – with arguments for why it does or does not work – and explaining the Scottish referendum, which is less than ten days away, and the possible implications for Scotland if it becomes independent.

Professor Flinders said of the visit: “It is a reflection of the international reputation of the Department of Politics and the rapidly increasing profile of the Crick Centre that this large delegation has visited Sheffield. With the Scottish referendum in just a few weeks and a General Election next year, this is a great time for the delegation to visit. Hopefully, this initial meeting will lead to further discussions in the future.”