Stephen Bush (credit to Gerry Brakus New Statesman)
Stephen Bush, the award-winning journalist and political editor of the New Statesman, has been appointed as the University of Sussex’s Political Writer in Residence.
Stephen joins the University of Sussex in an independent role to help politics students become outstanding political communicators. In 2017, Stephen was awarded the Political Studies Association’s Journalist of the Year award. Stephen’s daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a witty and timely guide to domestic and global politics to more than 37,000 readers every day. He also co-hosts the New Statesman podcast and writes for both the print magazine and website. Stephen joined the New Statesman from the Telegraph in February 2015, and became political editor in December 2018.
Stephen Bush said:
“I’m so pleased to be taking up this role and really looking forward to working with the students. I’m also excited about the challenge it will present to me in really giving me an opportunity to think about how I write as well as what I – and my fantastic team – write day-to-day at the New Statesman. And with our archive right here at the University of Sussex it couldn’t be a better fit.”
Professor Dan Hough, head of politics at the University of Sussex, said:
“We are really pleased that Stephen has been able to join us here at Sussex. We live in challenging (and rapidly-changing) political times and Stephen’s established himself as one of Britain’s top analysts of all that that entails. We’re subsequently looking forward to picking his brains on everything ‘British politics’.
“He’ll be a regular visitor to campus over the next three years, helping students to hone their writing skills. That’ll involve talking to students about how they write and to help their prose become just a little crisper and clearer. He’ll be judging a blogging competition and indeed contributing pieces to Sussex’s own politics blog”.
In the role, Stephen will deliver a number of writing workshops for first-year politics students, where he will encourage them to develop their skills as political writers. He will also provide personalised feedback on student blogs.
Stephen succeeds Yvonne Roberts of the Observer as the University’s Political Writer in Residence.