The Constitution Unit


Special adviser resources

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During our research on special advisers, one heartfelt plea was for better induction and training materials. This cache of resource material aims to help meet that demand.


For more information about this resource, please contact Professor Robert Hazell.


Spad Handbook

Advice and practical tips from eight Spads, on how to make the most of the job, the opportunities and the Whitehall machine.

Understanding Whitehall

A short easy to read guide on how Whitehall works by Peter Waller, a former senior civil servant.

Spad videos

In a series of eight short videos, Spads and others from across the political spectrum share their collective wisdom on how to maximise your impact as a Spad, how to harness the Whitehall machine and how to survive in departments and at the centre of government.

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