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    (Original post by misterxninja)
    Go to Leeds do PPS! Good luck on the interview come february/march time, if not York is pretty ace they share social science resources with Leeds Uni, I met some of there PHD people who led some of our seminars at Leeds Uni. PPS will be ace if you go to Ottawa or Washington!
    Nice to hear! I'm split between Oxford and Leeds but I'm only expecting to get an offer from one or none. Does PPS allow Access to Leeds because I can probably fit it in?
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    Nice to hear! I'm split between Oxford and Leeds but I'm only expecting to get an offer from one or none. Does PPS allow Access to Leeds because I can probably fit it in?
    Do you refer to Access to Leeds, as in the form you fill out to get into Leeds Uni with 1-2 grades lower than normal entry requirement?

    I doubt PPS at Leeds will take anything less than AAB, but you will be offered Leeds straight politics highly likely. So many people who did not get onto Leeds PPS went to just do straight politics, like me. I'm not too fussed I'm not in a viable situation where I could leave the country, I have a partner so.

    Interview is really competitive do your research on current issues they will want to talk about them a lot. They want to see your personality as you need a personality to do PPS, or else you will not take anything out of it.
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    (Original post by misterxninja)
    Do you refer to Access to Leeds, as in the form you fill out to get into Leeds Uni with 1-2 grades lower than normal entry requirement?

    I doubt PPS at Leeds will take anything less than AAB, but you will be offered Leeds straight politics highly likely. So many people who did not get onto Leeds PPS went to just do straight politics, like me. I'm not too fussed I'm not in a viable situation where I could leave the country, I have a partner so.

    Interview is really competitive do your research on current issues they will want to talk about them a lot. They want to see your personality as you need a personality to do PPS, or else you will not take anything out of it.
    It's not so much the grades as I'm highly confident of getting them, it's just whether it will strengthen my application so they consider me more. I might as well fill in the form anyway.
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    It's not so much the grades as I'm highly confident of getting them, it's just whether it will strengthen my application so they consider me more. I might as well fill in the form anyway.
    PPS is all based on your personal statement, you literally have to blow them away with the personal statement for Leeds PPS. They have a ridcalous amount of applicants more than the straight politics course, lots of cambridge and oxford likelys, they narrow down to 50 to interview stage. So to get an interview is a success in itself, then when I got my interview 50 became 18, sadly I fell short of the 18 but they liked me enough to pretty much say come to our Uni for a straight politics course, by dropping a grade requirement for me.

    Access to Leeds form will not be seen by the PPS interviewers or people. It will go to the main University wide adminstration get given a nod and then sent to the POLIS office for a rubber stamp, if you meet there tickbox criteria. Usually looking for working class enviroment upbringing, coming from a really poor area with low education standards. So basically you have to of gone state school and a very bad one at that, in an area where the per cent of people who go to Uni is ridacalously low and there is no aspirations in the community.

    Nonetheless I'm so happy with straight politics have many friends on PPS and have set up my own political internship with the Uni's local MP Greg Mulholland (the Lib Dem fighting the proposals of fee rises). So I don't feel I'm missing out hugely, I can easily setup my own US or Canada politician internship afterwards if I go do a US or CA masters.

    So what I'm saying is if you do get interview stage well done, but its not based on academics I know of 4 A predicted students, who did not make interview stage due to a personal statement that lacked political voluntary experience. They usually like you to already have had direct contact with politics in form of internships, or any youth volunteer work or committee positions you have held. Just to show a proactive personality in any aspect of politics.

    Pray your personal statement is full of real life experiences and a nice little novelistic story of how you got interested in politics and got involved. You need to have had an involvement in politics the more involvements the more chance you have.

    Good Luck regardless. Hopefully they will turn you Lib Dem :P, since the institutional theory suggests our Uni push you down the right from 1-2 points or so hehe. That said most lecturers are leaning left, funny how from my observations students are more right wing a year in, than they were when they arrived. So fingers crossed you will come join our Liberal Democrat society after a few months next year :P
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    (Original post by misterxninja)
    PPS is all based on your personal statement, you literally have to blow them away with the personal statement for Leeds PPS. They have a ridcalous amount of applicants more than the straight politics course, lots of cambridge and oxford likelys, they narrow down to 50 to interview stage. So to get an interview is a success in itself, then when I got my interview 50 became 18, sadly I fell short of the 18 but they liked me enough to pretty much say come to our Uni for a straight politics course, by dropping a grade requirement for me.

    Access to Leeds form will not be seen by the PPS interviewers or people. It will go to the main University wide adminstration get given a nod and then sent to the POLIS office for a rubber stamp, if you meet there tickbox criteria. Usually looking for working class enviroment upbringing, coming from a really poor area with low education standards. So basically you have to of gone state school and a very bad one at that, in an area where the per cent of people who go to Uni is ridacalously low and there is no aspirations in the community.

    Nonetheless I'm so happy with straight politics have many friends on PPS and have set up my own political internship with the Uni's local MP Greg Mulholland (the Lib Dem fighting the proposals of fee rises). So I don't feel I'm missing out hugely, I can easily setup my own US or Canada politician internship afterwards if I go do a US or CA masters.

    So what I'm saying is if you do get interview stage well done, but its not based on academics I know of 4 A predicted students, who did not make interview stage due to a personal statement that lacked political voluntary experience. They usually like you to already have had direct contact with politics in form of internships, or any youth volunteer work or committee positions you have held. Just to show a proactive personality in any aspect of politics.

    Pray your personal statement is full of real life experiences and a nice little novelistic story of how you got interested in politics and got involved. You need to have had an involvement in politics the more involvements the more chance you have.

    Good Luck regardless. Hopefully they will turn you Lib Dem :P, since the institutional theory suggests our Uni push you down the right from 1-2 points or so hehe. That said most lecturers are leaning left, funny how from my observations students are more right wing a year in, than they were when they arrived. So fingers crossed you will come join our Liberal Democrat society after a few months next year :P
    Oh dear, I'm already a RL Labour member though. :P However, thanks for the explanation. The criteria says bad state school, low progression to university within area or family or recipient of EMA. I fit into all of those so hopefully something will pop up. In my personal statement I had my Youth Council stuff about how I was elected to the Town Youth Council and go there voluntarily etc and that I'm a member of a political party, but I mainly focused on the academic side otherwise. I suppose we'll see.
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    Why was immigration forced upon us?, And look at the advantages of what immigration has brought us, Black on Black crime, No race integrates with one another etc etc.
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    (Original post by Teh User)
    Oh dear, I'm already a RL Labour member though. :P However, thanks for the explanation. The criteria says bad state school, low progression to university within area or family or recipient of EMA. I fit into all of those so hopefully something will pop up. In my personal statement I had my Youth Council stuff about how I was elected to the Town Youth Council and go there voluntarily etc and that I'm a member of a political party, but I mainly focused on the academic side otherwise. I suppose we'll see.
    Sounds fairly solid, similiar to my own I was elected Chair of a Town Youth Council, but I elaborated on my role. Moved away from academic since thats for people who have nothing else to write about, they can see and have access to your academic credentials so you hopefully you got enough of your personality and passion across.

    But if you got those two points in you should get down to the 50, then its up to your personality in interview :P

    Cool, well if you get in and choose Leeds I can link you with the Labour Society Chairman, but he might move on next year. But I likely will know the replacement as I know a fair few of them. We are working together at the moment on the Yes to fair votes campaign in Leeds, so it does not always matter what political society you join. The three university main party societies actively socialize together and are united on many things such as tuition fee's. Though I'm closer on a personal level with the Tory chair, since he is in my year group and I met him on my first day before he was Tory chair.

    I would say the three main parties on campus are very centrist as in Labour people are more Brownite or Blairite and are New Labour supporters. Meanwhile the Lib Dems are more somewhere inbetween Clegg and Kennedy so nethier Clegg-rights or Kennedy-lefts pretty dead centrist. Then the Tories have quiet a lot of pro EU and pro legalising marijuana members, aswell as being anti fee rise, so there a very mild right even more mild than Cameronism. So there is not much between the campus main parties in terms of the spectrum.

    The University for a top end Uni is very diverse, it has Socialist worker regularly being sold on campus near the Union aswell as the "Revolution" society party. So there is a leftist feel. The right-wing is pretty strong in numbers, but has less of an on campus presence and they are not huge on campaigning more keep to "elite" club "social networking" over a pint.

    Tories have most membership, we had a rise and Labour membership fell so Labour and Lib Dem presence is similiar size (Note: talking about University Society Membership as of September 10). That said huge majority of those who are at the University of Leeds and Leeds Met voted for well Lib Dem.

    The local MP is a Lib Dem I work for and got a 7.5k surge in votes and is now on almost a 10k majority. He knocked Labour into third place, despite the seat having a recent Labour history since he took it from them. Results suggest that students made up a large amount of that surge. He also stopped any increase in Tory votes, despite there national momentum at the general.

    Liberal Democrat | Greg Mulholland | 20,653 | 47.5% | +10.6%
    Conservatives | Julia Mulligan | 11,550 | 26.6% | -0.3%
    Labour | Judith Blake | 9,132 | 21.0% | -10.9%

    That said Labour retook the council overall in Leeds and took a council seat in a by-election from us last year aswell as a Lib Dem defector to Labour who got re-elected, they now run the council. Though I'm only talking about council seats within Leeds North West constituency. So there is plenty in Leeds if you want to be politically active

    Hope this stimulates some interest in politics in Leeds and the possibility you may come here. PM me on how it goes and if you ever have any questions ask away.
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    talk about a thread more less dying, lets pop it up seeing as we have a number off new MP's about
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    So, what've you chaps been up to in opposition recently?
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    (Original post by L i b)
    So, what've you chaps been up to in opposition recently?
    We've all got emotional and started telling all about our life dreams and aspirations to each other. So much so that we’ve become a complete emotional wreck unable to even discuss the horrible world of real life political events [read Cameron tea-bagging Clegg] without projectile vomiting, never mind fictional politics.
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    What's funny is the above is essentially true :facepalm2:
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    (Original post by L i b)
    So, what've you chaps been up to in opposition recently?
    Laughing and loving the YouGov poll, and tweeting about your lot
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    w00t, we won in Oldham!
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    (Original post by GreenIsTheNewRed)
    w00t, we won in Oldham!
    You've not won yet, squire! It's still being counted.
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    Well I think its a given that Labour will win this seat, judging from the speculation - Including the Lib Dems who "also said they expect Labour to prevail in the Greater Manchester seat."
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    tbh Labour winning it isn't a surprise. The important bit is how much Labour win by.
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    rofl at the Tories at 13%, more of this please

    10% increase for Labour is good for them too, im surprised the Lib Dems did so well though
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    (Original post by SciFiBoy)
    rofl at the Tories at 13%, more of this please

    10% increase for Labour is good for them too, im surprised the Lib Dems did so well though
    I suspect a few tories swapped for libdem and a few libdems swapped to labour. Good old Oldham.
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    are your party concerned with the RL changes to the NHS? I am, it smells like privatisation and marketisation to me, same god awful ****e they are fudging up the education system with...
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    (Original post by SciFiBoy)
    are your party concerned with the RL changes to the NHS? I am, it smells like privatisation and marketisation to me, same god awful ****e they are fudging up the education system with...
    It's not just the NHS, but right across the public sector, but yes, I'm certainly worried about it.
 
 
 
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