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Jacqueline Gomes-Neves, Politics and Legislative Studies

School of Politics and International Studies

About the school

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 after 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 found it.

Our Values: integrity, respect, community, inclusivity.


Our courses

The breadth of expertise from our Politics and International Studies staff enables us to offer highly respected undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as a renowned research programme.

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Brynmor Jones Library

Enjoy 24/7 access to the iconic Brynmor Jones Library which boasts stunning views, cosy reading rooms, cutting edge collaborate spaces and more than a million books.

Our community

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"It's been the best opportunity of my life"

Watch: Lucy Dunwell on her placement in Westminster

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See for yourself

Watch: Stream a Politics taster session with Justin Morris

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Politics on demand

View our latest webinars, guest talks and debates on our online politics channel.

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Together, we mean Business

The Department of Politics work with a variety of corporate partners at local and national levels. Our collaborations help us keep in step with the needs of business whilst providing innovative and tailored solutions for our partners. Free to join, priceless to belong. Our corporate partners help inspire the next generation of sustainable and responsible leaders.

Find out more about becoming a corporate partner of Hull University Business School.


The School of Politics and International Studies is a dynamic community involving researchers at all levels from postgraduate students to professors. Our innovative, impactful research has achieved wide international recognition.

Top 20 Politics is in the top 20 in the UK for overall satisfaction
We have one of the largest Westminster placement schemes
92% graduate employability rating*


*Percentage of students in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018

†National Student Survey (NSS) 2020, HEIs only