Monthly Archives: March 2014

No rest for the analyst

The end of Lent term here at Cambridge usually brings out some good weather and so there is a definite feeling of spring in the air. However in the run up to Easter things get even busier for our students, as they have just completed their Lent modules, are about to head to Brussels for a two-day trip looking at the Commission and its processes, and then they head straight into the front end of the work placements. Not for the faint hearted!

Our work placements work slightly differently to others, mixing time spent on-site with an organisation and time back in Cambridge to complete the research and writing needed for their final policy paper. Each student bid for places in central government, with NGOs and with international organisations. We have been supported by great organisations and are very lucky to have so many groups willing to contribute their time and energy to the programme. Examples of placements include the Cabinet Office, BIS, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the National Audit Office (NAO), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Each student has developed with the organisation a key question that needs an answer, specifically a recommendation for policy to be taken forward. These will be based on solid research and analysis but will have to be appropriate within the context of the organisation and issue as well. With such a diverse set of organisations we’re incredibly excited to see what kinds of policy proposals come out.

So while some of you might be taking a couple of weeks off over the Easter break, spare a thought for the MPP students working very hard to fit everything in. Here’s hoping that they are loving every minute of it!

Finbarr Livesey