Former Deputy Prime Minister and former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Nick Clegg has been appointed as a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE’s new School of Public Policy (SPP).
The post, which will run from April 2018 to July 2020, is the first of several appointments being made by the SPP from across the political spectrum and will provide students with the opportunity to interact with distinguished policy-making professionals.
The unpaid role will see Sir Nick take part in public events, lead student seminars on governance and policy and contribute to research projects on issues such as the evolving landscape of British politics and the future of the European Union.
Nick Clegg’s inaugural lecture with the School of Public Policy will take place in late spring. More information on this will be available nearer the time.
Sir Nick Clegg commented: "I am delighted to be joining the London School of Economics as a Visiting Professor in Practice. As one of the top-ranked universities in the world, LSE is well-known for its global outlook, breadth of research and its contribution to the political debate and shaping of policy. I have always found the talks I have given there to be hugely stimulating, and I am looking forward to engaging with the university's community of staff, students and alumni."
Interim Director of the School of Public Policy, Professor Tony Travers commented: “We are delighted to have Nick Clegg on board. As a former Deputy Prime Minister and party leader he has extensive political experience and I’m sure his unique insights and comprehensive knowledge of government and policy will be invaluable to students.”
Nick Clegg served as Deputy Prime Minister from 2010 to 2015 and Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015. He was the MP for Sheffield Hallam from 2005 to 2017 and was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004. He now heads Open Reason, a new think tank which promotes liberal causes through debate and fresh thinking.
The title of Visiting Professor in Practice is given to those who have appropriate distinction within their area of non-academic practice. It includes individuals who may have achieved prominence in public life, or who have attained prestige in their profession.