I’m now three days into my fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and have come to the conclusion that a blog might be a good way to go about sharing with you all the interesting stories and mini adventures I hope to clock up over the next three months.
For those who haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about, here’s the explanation: I’ve moved up to London and put my PhD in French Sociolinguistics on pause to undertake a three-month fellowship with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (henceforth POST!). It’s a project-based fellowship, and my project entails writing a briefing paper -called a POSTnote – for MPs and Peers on the topic of forensic linguistics.
It’s been a hectic three days getting together the first draft of a scope paper – this is the one-page overview I’ll send out to academics, stakeholders and relevant parties that I hope to interview as I research the briefing paper. Nevertheless, today, guided by several fellows who’ve been at POST a couple of weeks longer than me, I finally got my first glimpses of some of the hidden corners in the Palace of Westminster: the secret entrance into the Palace from Westminster tube station (think Ministry of Magic), the rooftop garden on the Houses of Parliament, and the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft. More on these places to follow…