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.

Upcoming Events

Making Politics Matter: Vic Paulino (Hope Not Hate)

Date
Friday 2 February 2018 (18:00-19:30)
Location:
Og32 (Old Sessions House Building), Canterbury Campus, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU
Description
Vic Paulino, will be taking part in a special Making Politics Matter event (Hope Not Hate).

Making Politics Matter: Richard Seymour (LSE; Lenin's Tomb)

Date
Friday 16 February 2018 (18:00-19:30)
Location:
Og32 (Old Sessions House Building), Canterbury Campus, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU
Description
Richard Seymour, will be taking part in a special Making Politics Matter event (LSE; Lenin's Tomb).

Making Politics Matter: Neal Lawson (Compass; UK Feminista)

Date
Friday 16 March 2018 (18:00-19:30)
Location:
Og32 (Old Sessions House Building), Canterbury Campus, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU
Description
Neal Lawson from Compass, will be taking part in a special Making Politics Matter event.
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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."

Contact us

If you are a politician, activist, member of an NGO, or in some other way involved in the political sphere, you may be interested in becoming an MPM speaker. If so, please contact politics@canterbury.ac.uk.

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