Politics at Hull was established by leading political scientist A. H.Birch in 1961. The school has successfully expanded and cemented its reputation ever since with distinguished academics including Professors W. H. Greenleaf, Robert Berki, Jack Hayward, Colin S. Gray, Lord Bhikhu Parekh and Lord Philip Norton of Louth.
The school operates where political theory meets practice. We're at the heart of British politics with our parliamentary placement programme. This unique initiative – which gives students a 12-month placement in Westminster – has been running for over 35 years. Our alumni are so ubiquitous in the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, the Cabinet Office and the media that they're affectionately known as the 'Hull Mafia'.
The marriage of theory and practice is a prominent feature of our teaching and research on international politics and war studies too. Our strong Westminster links also play a big part here, as do our close working ties with the British Armed Forces.
Now in our 60th anniversary year, the School of Politics and International Studies is setting ambitious plans for its future.
We will continue to build upon our distinctive capacity for academic research and professional engagement. And further develop our specialisms in legislative studies, politics, international relations and war studies – underlining our international reputation in these fields.
Our Mission: to inspire and nurture you – tomorrow's leaders – to realise your potential; and to leave the world in a better condition than you were left it.
Our Values: integrity, respect, community, inclusivity.