Rt Hon. Professor the Lord David Blunkett

Department of Politics and International Relations

Chair in Politics in Practice

David Blunkett
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Professor 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 university. Forty-four years on, in July 2013, he returned as visiting professor in order to reinforce the work he had already been doing with the Department to enhance the experience of both undergraduates and the pioneering research endeavours of staff.

In June 2015 he was appointed Professor of Politics in Practice. In August 2015 he was appointed to the House of Lords.

Speaking following his appointment, Professor Blunkett said: “I’ve always been proud to work with the University that welcomed me as a mature student all those years ago.

“I’m particularly pleased to be able to develop work with the Crick Centre [given] the enormous work [Sir Bernard] did in the political arena. 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.”