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New member of staff for 2009: Dr Nicholas Allen

Posted on 01/09/2009

The Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Lecturer in Political Science: Dr Nicholas Allen.

Dr Allen (BA, Warwick; MA, Essex; PhD, Essex) received his Doctorate in 2008. He has research interests in British politics, with a particular focus on political integrity and ethics regulation, mass and elite political behaviour, the British constitution and the British prime ministership

Nick joined the department in September 2009 as Lecturer in Politics. He completed his doctorate at the University of Essex in January 2008 and has held teaching positions at the University of Essex and University College London. His research interests include the British prime ministership, parliamentary misconduct, public attitudes towards political ethics and the changing British constitution.

  • BA University of Warwick
  • MA University of Essex
  • PhD University of Essex
  • BSc Geography, Politics and International Relations Liaison
  • Staff-Student Seminar Series Coordinator
  • Deputy Admissions Tutor (until January 2012)
  • Deputy Director of Graduate Study (from January 2012)
  • Room: FW125
  • Phone: +44 01784 443150
  • Email


I first caught the political bug on November 1, 1990. By the end of that month, Mrs Thatcher was no longer a fixture in Downing Street, and I had become fixated with politicians and their behaviour. I studied Politics as an undergraduate at the University of Warwick, and I then worked for two years in London for a small parliamentary monitoring firm. I resumed my academic studies at the University of Essex in 2002, initially as an MA student, later as a PhD candidate. As a student at Essex, I taught a number of undergraduate courses, and I also completed Module One of the University of Essex Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, an accredited programme to support professional development in teaching. In September 2008, I became a Teaching Fellow in British Politics at University College London. I joined the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway in September 2009.


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