College staff dusted off their aprons and baked a variety of homemade treats, including festive mince pies and vegan chocolate cakes for a charity bake sale, which was held in the college office on the 7th December. The sale raised £86.45, which will be donated to homeless charity Framework, who offer invaluable support to families and individuals in the East Midlands area who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. The charity aims to tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness by preventing it where possible, supporting those who already are homeless and by providing social housing and empowering people to live independently. We hope that our contribution can go some way in supporting this fantastic work.
We’d like to thank everyone for their hard work baking such a wonderful range of cakes and also to everyone who came down and bought them.
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The House of Commons Academic Fellowship Scheme is run by the House of Commons in partnership with the Political Studies Association (PSA) for senior political and social scientists currently researching or wishing to study the work of Parliament. Dr Catherine Bochel from the University of Lincoln’s School of Social & Political Sciences is one of only five researchers selected for the new role and will be granted rare access to Parliament to examine the relationship between the British public and the processes which shape political decision-making.
Her research will see her working alongside politicians and staff to explore how effectively the public are engaged in the decision-making process and to examine whether the concept of ‘procedural justice’ or ‘fair process’ has been followed.
Dr Bochel said: “Parliament is keen to encourage the public to get involved in politics, and people can now do this in a variety of ways. However, it is important that when they come into contact with Parliament their experience of the process is as positive as possible. This is for a number of reasons. In a liberal democratic system people may not get everything they ask for, so their treatment by the system and experience of it is very important; in such systems final decisions are made by elected representatives, so the public must be able to see that the decision-making process is fair and transparent. Their experience may not only affect how they feel about the individual elements of public engagement with which they have contact, but also wider political and governmental processes. If the processes underpinning participatory initiatives are clearly explained, this may contribute to improved public understanding of Parliament and enhance its work.”
Through her Fellowship, Dr Bochel hopes to improve processes through which Parliament engages the public in political decision-making, particularly in respect of managing expectations, outcomes and feedback to members of the public who get involved.
The College would like to congratulate Dr Bochel and wish her the very best of luck in her research.
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September saw another great graduation week for the University, but as with every graduation the college also took the time to recognise the excellent efforts of those students who have gone above and beyond while studying for their degrees.
The prize giving ceremonies took place on Tuesday 6th, and Wednesday 7th September, with students from the schools of Law, Psychology, Health & Social Care, Social & Political Science, Sport & Exercise Science being honoured.
The events were well attended by staff and family and were a brilliant addition to an already exciting and busy week for the College.
We would once again like to thank the members of staff who nominated the students, and to congratulate the students themselves who received their prizes.
You can see more pictures from the events in the gallery below.
On Thursday 29th of September, as part of the Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the College office held a cake sale with a range of delicious treats brought in by various members of staff. As a result we raised £145.00 for for the charity, which is a brilliant effort.
We’d like to thank everyone in the office for their hard work putting the wonderful array of cakes together, and also to everyone that came down and bought cakes.
At the time of writing the Macmillan Coffee Morning initiative has in total raised £19,916,991.35, and we are happy that we could contribute to such an amazing fundraising activity.