Claire Tranter, Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Westminster, who was announced recipient of the highly competitive BPS POST Postgraduate Award last year, has now successfully finished her Fellowship by publishing a briefing note on migration.

In an opportunity offered by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and supported by the British Psychological Society (BPS), Claire had the chance to spend three months working inside Parliament with the objective of writing and publishing a briefing note (POSTnote), later used to brief MPs and Parliamentarians on matters relevant to public policy.

Claire’s POSTnote focused on migration, which in public debate is often cited as a significant factor in the demand for UK housing. Along with examining definitions and data sources on migration and its implications, Claire’s work also outlined the possible impact of migrants on housing, including variation by tenure type, migrant characteristics and region. It also considered the impact of housing on migrants and local communities.

Speaking about her fellowship, Claire said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). The POSTnote itself covered the topic of Migrants and Housing, which can be sensitive and highly emotive, often arising in media, public and Parliamentary debates. It was a completely different topic to my PhD research, and one which I loved getting involved with.

“It meant conducting interviews with a range of experts in academia, stakeholders and government departments and completing a thorough literature review before writing a condensed and balanced briefing note for Parliamentarians. I had a fantastic time, met some great people whilst working with POST and I would highly recommended anyone currently doing their PhD to apply for the fellowship scheme.”

Learn more about the BPS POST Postgraduate Award and how to apply.

Learn more about studying on the Psychology BSc Honours course at the University of Westminster.

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