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Growing the support for our students – Stanley P Gold Studentship

As the Cambridge MPP continues to grow we are working very hard to provide funding opportunities for students to come and study with us and to reduce their financial burden if possible. We are therefore very excited to announce the Stanley P Gold Studentship which will be available from 2018 for MPP students. This will cover the course fee for one student selected from those offered a place on the course (no separate application is required). For details of all current funding for MPP students please see our Funding page.

We are very grateful to our alumni who continue to support us and the Cambridge community generally. This is a time of significant growth for public policy at Cambridge. This year the MPP recruits its sixth cohort and the Cambridge Institute for Public Policy (CIPP) officially launches. Due to the continued support of the University and the Department of Politics & International Studies (POLIS), the work of our faculty, and the quality of our students and alumni, we believe Cambridge is a leading institution for teaching and research in public policy. With these foundations in place it is going to be very exciting to see the further growth of public policy at Cambridge and to see what we can achieve in another five years!

Finbarr Livesey


Here comes the 2017 MPP class …

It is exciting to be preparing to welcome the fifth cohort of students to the Cambridge MPP next week as we kick off another year. Being at this point in the development of public policy in Cambridge it is worth stopping and realising how far we have come and also to signal the developments that are ahead of us.

The programme for the MPP has developed every year, based on our experience in the classes but most importantly based on the feedback from our students. I had the chance to meet with alumni from our first cohort (2013 – 2014) this month and they were excited to see the changes and were more than happy to continue to give input on how we are structuring the course. Finding the balance between theory and practice, between in the room and independent work, between different policy areas – these are constant challenges but ones we believe we have made progress on, giving students the mix of theory and skills that they will need in their future careers in policy.

The faculty for the MPP has grown and we have welcomed our new Professor of Public Policy, Mike Kenny, to Cambridge this past June. Not content with one professor, we are coming to the end of the process to hire another professor in public policy, and combined with other hires this takes the direct faculty for the programme to five. This is supplemented with module leaders from other parts of the University and a broad community of researchers and scholars with a focus on policy, making for a very vibrant community.

The future holds much promise as we are developing and launching the new Institute for Public Policy at the start of 2018. This will allow us to bring together the teaching, research and practice of policy in one place and provide the structure to grow the MPP and public policy even further.

Looking back over the past five years it is incredibly exciting to see what were plans on paper become reality. Our ambition is to keep growing public policy at Cambridge and I believe we will make as much progress in the next five years as we have in the past five years.

Finbarr Livesey
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Deputy Director MPP (2013 – 2016), Director MPP (2016 – 2017)

What’s another year?

The MPP blog has been quiet the past months, as frankly we have been having too much fun with our 4th MPP cohort, who have just completed the course and are now winging their way back to the four corners of the globe. It has been a very eventful year and it is great to see all of the class successfully negotiate the end of the course and to move on to their next adventures.

Some highlights from the past two terms include the policy simulation and the work placements for this year. The simulation was run in partnership with the UN, specifically with Mr Michael Lennard, the Chief of International Tax Cooperation and Trade in the Financing for Development Office (FfDO) of the United Nations. He was a great client for the simulation, providing the students with one of the trickiest questions we’ve covered in the past four years – how should we be thinking about taxing the digital economy and for a developing country of their choice would they recommend the UN approach, the OECD Inclusive Framework, regional approaches or for the country to remain outside of any international agreement? Our congratulations again to the winning team of Lauren Logan, Amandeep Singh, Byron Hewson and Ivanna Didur.

Winners of the 2017 PAE

Our workplacements have again stretched around the world, with students in Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania, as well as Paris, Geneva and London. The placement scheme allows students to get into the real world of policymaking and to put into practice the learning from the MPP with their previous experience. It is humbling to see how far students can take a problem in the 14 – 16 weeks they have with it, providing professional recommendations to governments, NGOs and companies.

The two terms had their usual mix of modules and professional development, including the ever popular radio interviews! Overall it was again great to see the students engage so strongly and to bring their best to their work and to class each and every day.

Now they have left we are in preparation for our fifth cohort and starting to plan a reunion for the first five years of the MPP programme here at Cambridge. It is surprising to be here with the fifth cohort coming over the hill, but it is wonderful to see the programme grow and go from strength to strength. But more on that anon.


Dr Finbarr Livesey
MPP Director 2016 – 2017