29th November 2001




Lincoln MP Gillian Merron is to pay a visit to the University of Lincoln tomorrow (Friday) to talk to Politics students.


The lecture is aimed at students following the Women in Politics unit and will shed light on her role as a female Member of Parliament.


“Guest speakers are a vital resource within a discipline like political science as they bring politics to life,” commented Jacqui Briggs, Politics lecturer and organiser of the visit.


“Gillian Merron has visited the university before and the students have warmed to her in-depth insights into what life is like for a woman in Parliament. She has helped dispel the myths and the stereotypical images of what female politicians are like.


“There are 118 female Members of Parliament out of a total of 659 so Gillian is something of a rare species given that women constitute less than one-fifth of MPs.”


The Department of Policy Studies plays host to a number guest speakers including politicians at both a national and local level and those involved in the delivery of public services.


The department also actively encourages University of Lincoln Politics graduates to return to talk to students about their experiences since finishing their degrees.


Gillian Merron will be at the Lincoln campus on Friday 30th November from 11am to 11:45 am (seminar room 10). Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincoln Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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