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Disability Studies MA student elected City Councillor

Studying for a Masters is not the only thing that will be keeping Anna Hindle busy, after she was recently elected Labour Councillor for the Garrison Ward.

Anna, who is studying for a Disability Studies MA, won her seat in the Preston City Council election on 3rd May.

She said: “It was a great shock to both the Labour and Conservative Parties, as Labour have not held a seat in the Fulwood area of Preston in living memory, and that evening we took two. I don’t think my running for Council would have be a surprise to my tutor Professor David Bolt, as given the opportunity I sneak a little politics into my assignments!

“In my very first Masters Disability Studies class I remember Professor Bolt talking about ‘activism’, and at the recent CCDS Disability and Disciplines Conference 2017, I was inspired by Professor Runswick-Cole’s keynote speech where ‘collective activism’ of parent carers was mentioned. 

“Both my undergraduate and postgraduate education encourages me to be open about my opinions, and the teaching is helping me to gain my own voice. I have not yet completed the MA in Disability Studies, but the knowledge I have gained so far will be invaluable in the role as City Councillor.”


Published on 24/05/2018