Making Politics Matter

Making Politics Matter (MPM) is a Politics and International Relations staff-student initiative at Canterbury Christ Church University, and aims simply to engage the regional population – including students and the general public – through regular, thought-provoking, and current political debates.

Based on a 'public square' debate format, MPM provides a 21 st century equivalent of the celebrated town hall debates of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

All of our events are open to the public. Further details can be found on our events listing.

Making Politics Matter and the Politics/IR curriculum

MPM is also integrated within the formal Politics/IR curriculum offered at CCCU. In the second year module, Political Research and Practice , students can for instance apply the skills that they have acquired to a concrete piece of research or political practice, and then reflect on this process in the context of ‘action research’. Noteworthy projects in this respect include:

  • A student who ran for the position of local councillor (and was elected).
  • An assessment of public opinion on immigration and asylum in Dover.
  • The creation of the University Amnesty International Society.

Meet the Candidates 2017

In the build-up to the 2017 General Election, we hosted a series of 'Meet the Candidates' event for the Canterbury and Whitstable Constituency. The session was held in Old Sessions House, Canterbury Campus, and gave members of the public the chance to meet their local candidates in person and listen to what they have to offer.  Click here to read more about our General Election hustings.

Previous Speakers

In the past few years, Making Politics Matter has attracted a range of high-profile national and international speakers, including:

  • Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party.
  • Sharon Bowles, MEP.
  • Julian Brazier, MP.
  • Charlie Elphicke, MP.
  • Nigel Farage, MEP (Leader of the UK Independence Party).
  • Damien Green, MP (when Minister for Immigration).
  • Gwyn Prosser, MP.
  • Barry Sheerman, MP.
  • Keith Taylor, MEP.
  • Michael Foster, MP (when Equalities Minister).
  • Mark Hammond, CEO, Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
  • Mohammed Tariq Ismati, Afghan Deputy Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development.
  • Stephane Paquet, Agent Generale of the Quebec Government to the UK.

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"It has been a very exciting and interesting process that has helped develop my research skills… I have enjoyed working with my fellow students as part of a team and we have created something we are very proud of."

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