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Tavistock Times

The Tavistock Times is the newsletter for the UCL Department of Political Science.  The newsletter will be published three times during the academic year in the months of September, January and April.

Ideas for future articles should be sent to Helen Holt at

Contributions from past students are especially welcome keeping the Department up to date on their progress since leaving UCL.

Tavistock Times September 2016
September 2016

Welcome to a new academic year at the School of Public Policy. As at every time this year, we are looking forward to welcoming our new students from around the world and beginning our eight Masters courses, MPA and of course, the second year of our new PPE Programme. 
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Tavistock Times - April 2016
April 2016

This was another vibrant term at the School of Public Policy with a great mixture of events; public talks, seminars, academic round-tables and student-led events, as well as career events and events organised by our societies, IPPR and IPAS. Download (PDF/1.6MB)

Tavistock Times - Jan 2016
January 2016

It has been an important year for our School, as we welcomed students from two new programmes – our new BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and our new MPA in Public Administration and Management. We are also welcoming our second cohort of Executive MPA students this January, coming straight from their first term at NYU Wagner so as ever, it is exciting and changing times at the School of Public Policy. Download (PDF/2.8MB)

Tavistock Times September 2015
September 2015

As I return to the Department, from a sabbatical at the European University Institute in Florence, I am struck by how much continues to evolve at the School of Public Policy. So much of this change is exciting and 2015/16 is going to be a special year for the Department with the launch of the new BSc in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, our first undergraduate degree and also the first cohort joining us on the Master in Public Administration (MPA) programme for experienced policy-makers. Download (PDF/2.2MB)

Tavistock Times April 2015
April 2015

It has been a busy and productive spring term. As cherry trees blossom in Tavistock Square, masters students heads turn to dissertation proposal forms. Undergraduate affiliate students will be thinking about essays and how to make the most of the time in London that remains and academic staff will see a window opening for research projects. Download (PDF/1.7MB)

Tavistock Times Jan 2015
January 2015

Happy New Year to everyone at the School of Public Policy. There are more of us than ever with over thirty academic staff, a strong cohort of professional services staff and a great mix of home, EU and international students across our nine masters programmes, our research degrees and our undergraduate modules. At the undergraduate level, there is increasing pressure on places on our modules as a range of degree programmes from the humanities to engineering see the value of understanding the political dimensions. Download (PDF/1.6MB)

Tavistock Times September 2014
September 2014

The new academic year brings new students, new staff, new programmes and a new author of the Director’s Message. This year we will have to get by without our Director, David Coen. Let me start by wishing him a very productive sabbatical. Whether in Florence (EUI), Paris (Science Po) or maybe closer to home, he will have valuable time to devote to his research on business and government and lobbying the European Parliament, to return refreshed and ready for a second term as Director in 2015. Download (PDF/1.7MB)

Tavistock Times April 2014
April 2014

As term finishes, I look back on another vibrant term at the School of Public Policy. It really seemed that there was something exciting going on every day. A very successful “Policy and Practice Seminar” series with distinguished academic and political guests, events organised by the newly-launched Institute of Global Governance, career events, departmental open days, as well as all the classes and events by our student-led societies. Download (PDF/1.1MB)

Tavistock Times Jan 2014
January 2014

The new academic year started well for SPP with the opening of the extension at 31 Tavistock Square and the arrival of over 400 master students, across our 8 Masters programmes and 35 affiliates at UG in September. As in previous years, the student body is highly internationalised and this has created a real buzz in both classroom debates and question time at the Thursday night ‘Policy and Practice’ seminar. Download (PDF/1.2MB)

Tavistock Times Sept 2013
September 2013

As the year begins, we hope to welcome over 400 masters students from around the world onto our existing masters programmes. We intend to launch a new Institute of Global Governance with a number of high profile events on global institutions, Sustainability, Economics and Equality and Justice throughout the year. The new joint executive MPA degree with NYU launched in New York with a keynote lecture from Gordon Brown on the 23rd of September 2013. Download (PDF/1MB)

April 2013
April 2013

I am always struck by how much seems to go on in and around the Department. There has been a vibrant ‘Policy in Practice’ seminar series, alumni and career events, department open days, academic roundtables, visits to international organisations and national government bodies, leading academic speakers, in addition to all the classes and IPAS led events. There really is something on every day. Download (PDF/970kb)

Tavistock Times - Jan 2013
January 2013

As I write this introduction at the start of December, I am struck by what a great success the first term has been. In September, we welcomed 400 Masters Students, 7 PhD students, 3 new members of faculty and 2 new visiting distinguished professors. Download (PDF/1.2MB)

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