Fantasy Frontbench is an interactive online tool that aims to make the process of politics and policy-making more engaging and accessible to the general public, especially young people. A twist on the popular fantasy football concept, the web app lets you create your own dream cabinet of 22 ministers, sorting and selecting them on key parameters such as education and experience, as well as how they have voted in parliament on major policy issues, ranging from updating Trident and NHS reform, to EU integration and university tuition fees. In 2018, UCL Public Policy became the official academic partner for the project.
Blog Competition - What would your top climate policy be?
Tell us the one policy you would implement to combat climate change, to be in with a chance of winning a £50 gift voucher or one of four runners up prizes. Your blog should explain what your policy would be, how it will make a difference, and why it would be the best policy. Entries should be no more than 600 words and aim to be interesting, engaging, thought provoking and accessible to all.
The best entries will be published on the UCL Public Policy and Fantasy Frontbench blogs.
Entries to the competition have now closed.
Fantasy Frontbench Debates
As part of our new partnership, UCL Public Policy and Fantasy Frontbench are developing a series of debates on topical political issues.
The first debate in the series asked 'Should climate change be the UK’s top policy priority?'. The debate was chaired by Dr. Helen Czerski, Physicist, Oceanographer and Broadcaster, co-chaired by a youth representative and featured a number of high-profile speakers including Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party, Ahir Shah political satirist and Edinburgh Comedy Award 'Best Show' 2017 nominee, Prof. Mark Maslin, UCL academic and author of Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction and Dr. Emily Shuckburgh, deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey and co-author of Climate Change (A Ladybird Expert Book).
Matthew Seren Smith is the founder of the project and a learning technologist at UCL, part of the Integrated Engineering Programme. Listen to Matt talk about the Fantasy Frontbench project as part of our Parliament and Me podcast series recoreded in 2017