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13th October 2011, 9:54am
Lincoln academic to champion study of politics in new national role
Dr Jacqui Briggs A politics expert from the University of Lincoln has been chosen to take on a senior role in an organisation comprised of some of the country's most respected political thinkers.

Dr Jacqui Briggs, Principal Lecturer in Politics in Lincoln's School of Social Sciences, has been selected as the new Vice-Chair of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom.

The Political Studies Association exists to develop and promote the study of politics. Founded in 1950, it is the leading association in its field in the UK, with an international membership including academics in political science and current affairs, theorists and practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students in higher education. It has 1,800 members and, among other events, holds an annual conference and a prestigious annual awards ceremony.

Dr Briggs, who has been part of the Association's Executive Committee for almost nine years, said: "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to fulfil this exciting new role. It runs for three years and in that time I hope to spearhead a campaign to promote Political Studies."

She will be working alongside the incoming Chair of the Association, Professor Charlie Jeffery, Head of the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Briggs said one of the perks of her role at the Political Studies Association is the opportunity to meet political scientists and politicians from around the UK. She recently met Alex Salmond, Lord Kinnock and Shami Chakrabarti among others.

"Name-dropping aside, the chance to continue my love of politics is what drives me in the role," she added.

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