How was the first term of the MPP?

The first term of the MPP at Cambridge is done and dusted and it has been quite an eight weeks. The terms at Cambridge fly past and we’ve packed in a lot of classes, events, workshops and even some whiskey.

In a kind of ‘by the numbers’ here’s one way to describe some of the past term –

  • over 76 hours of class lectures including philosophy, macroeconomics, policy methods, statistics and an extended case study of the UK’s comprehensive spending review in 2010
  • 12 invited speakers in lectures bringing real world experience into the classroom
  • 4 policy seminars showcasing policy research happening across the University
  • 3 open lecture events bringing international speakers to Cambridge
  • 1 workshop on public polling with YouGov introducing students to the complexities of polling

Beyond these simple numbers student groups have had the chance to pitch new polls to be run by YouGov, a student team went to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, and we had a whiskey tasting event to ease everyone into the end of the term.

Overall it has been a great first term for the MPP and next term is looking even stronger. We have great modules and cases lined up, our students will be preparing for their placements in governments and NGOs around the world, and we’ll be hosting some great speakers including Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Here’s wishing everyone a happy and restful holidays and a prosperous New Year.

The Cambridge MPP team

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