We are pleased to announce the winner of our essay competition this year: Tamara McCallum from Leeds (nominated by Cristina Leston-Bandeira), with Callum Allison (nominated by Louise Thompson) as the runner-up. The winning essays were judged anonymously by our expert panel, and the winners will receive their certificates at our conference in autumn.
- Read Tamara’s winning entry: Is Greater Transparency within Parliamentary Debates a Solution for the Growing Citizen Disaffection Towards Parliaments? A Comparative Analysis of the Parliamentary Debates Conducted in the UK and German Parliament.
- Read Callum’s runner-up entry: What does the SNP’s influence formulating the Scotland Act 2016 tell us about the impact of small parties at Westminster
All of the essays were judged anonymously by a panel of senior academics and clerks: Michael Rush (Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Exeter), Meg Russell (Professor of British Politics and Director of the Constitution Unit at UCL) and Rebecca Davies (Clerk of the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee). In particular, the panel commended its originality and noted that it was very well written, had an interesting thesis and was based on a significant amount of research.
We would like to thank everyone that took part, and especially for the judging panel who gave up their time to read through all the entries we received this year.
We are also looking forward to holding this competition again next year with more entries, so please do look for a call in the autumn and spread the message far and wide!