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Former Home Secretary to join university

Mon, 20 Sep 2010

The University of East Anglia has announced the appointment of the Rt Hon Charles Clarke to the position of Visiting Professor.

Mr Clarke will contribute to the School of Political, Social and International Studies, where he will be based.

He will also offer strategic advice to the university.

Over the next three years, his duties will include: c
o-convening a special guest lecture series featuring leading figures in political life to debate key issues in British politics; developing a seminar programme on issues of public policy and public management at UEA London Study Centre, one of the aims of which will be to improve dialogue between practitioners and academics in politics; and contributing to the teaching of postgraduate and undergraduate students.

Mr Clarke will also use the opportunity to develop his thinking about the conduct of British politics, the factors that produced the results of the 2010 general elections, and approaches to democracy in the modern world.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Acton said: "I am delighted that Charles has agreed to join us as Visiting Professor. He is skilled and academically reflective, knows our city, region and mission intimately, has held three great offices of state and been responsible for national Higher Education policy. I feel sure that our students and the University at large will benefit greatly from his insight."

Professor Hussein Kassim, Head of the School of Political, Social and International Studies, said: "This appointment affords an opportunity for students and scholars in politics to engage directly with an experienced politician over a prolonged period that is all too rare in British academia."

Mr Clarke said: "I am very grateful to UEA for giving me this opportunity to develop my own political thinking after more than 35 years of active political life. I hope that I can help the University develop stronger relationships between academic political studies and active political practitioners, a relationship which in my view needs strengthening throughout this country."

The appointment is part-time and for three years in the first instance.