The Legislative Studies and Practice Programme was established in 2009 to provide university graduates with the opportunity to experience working in the Assembly and get a peek behind the curtain of Northern Irish political life. The Programme runs in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast and is part of a Master’s qualification in Legislative Studies and Practice. Students contribute fully to the work of their placement office and use their experience to undertake original research leading to the development of a dissertation.
Now in its eighth year, 40 students have completed the programme so far and over the next few months we will be catching up with the current group, finding out how they are adapting to life in the Assembly and what they are making of the experience.
We begin in the Bill Office with Ross Graham. Coleraine-native Ross graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014 with a Degree in Politics and History. After leaving University, Ross worked for the polling and research company ComRes, based in Westminster. With a keen interest in politics, Ross already knows his way around Parliament Buildings, having completed a week’s work experience with former Deputy Speaker, John Dallat, in 2009.
Ross has been placed in the Bill Office and provides us with an insight into how he’s finding life in the thick of our legislative process –