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9 May 2024

Congratulations to Dr Laura Serra who has been announced as the 2024 winner of the McDougall Trust Academic Prize for her 2023-34 dissertation “The widening age gap at UK elections”.


1 Mar 2024

McDougall Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of new editors to its highly respected publication REPRESENTATION Journal of Representative Democracy.

Dr Simona Guerra of University of Surrey and Dr Javier Sajuria of Queen Mary University of London will take over as editors with the publication of the first edition in 2024, which marks the beginning of the journal’s sixtieth volume. Launched in 1908 as the house newsletter of the Proportional Representation Society and later the Electoral Reform Society, REPRESENTATION is a peer reviewed academic journal that seeks to explore the interface between democratic practice and theory.

19 Dec 2023

The McDougall Trust and the Modern Records Centre are pleased to announce that the future of the archives held by the McDougall Trust, including the earliest records of the Proportional Representation Society and the Electoral Reform Society, has been secured following their transfer to the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick.

18 Oct 2023

McDougall Trust is seeking new Lead Editors for its highly regarded journal REPRESENTATION journal of representative democracy, see:

Representation | Taylor & Francis Online (

First produced in 1908 as the newsletter of the former Proportional Representation Society, REPRESENTATION is published quarterly by Taylor & Francis (Informa UK) under the Routledge imprint and has established itself as a leading resource for students, academics and anyone interested in the theory and practice of representative democracy worldwide.

The deadline for applications has NOW BEEN EXTENDED to Monday 27 November 2023.

For a copy of the detailed Brief, please contact the Interim Charity Manager, Nick Moore, via email at:

12 Jul 2023

In association with Political Studies Association [PSA] and its Elections, Public Opinion and Parties [EPOP] group McDougall Trust provides grant funding for a prize offered annually for the best postgraduate thesis at a UK university in the sphere of elections, electoral systems and representation. 

The prize for theses submitted in 2022 has been shared by Dr Lotte Hargrave and Dr Ceri Fowler.


26 Apr 2023

In the run up to King Charles III’s coronation, the UCL Constitution Unit collaborated with UK in a Changing Europe, to release a major new report, The British Monarchy

The report explains what the monarchy does and how it does it, placing it within its wider historical and comparative context. This indispensable guide ahead of the coronation, features contributions from a dozen leading experts delving into a broad range of issues and topics.

Front cover of 'The British Monarchy' a report by UK in a Changing Europe and the Constitution Unit

11 Apr 2023

On the 25th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, Alan Whysall’s new report sets out the prospects for Northern Ireland’s constitutional future. He concludes that early constitutional change is unlikely. But he argues action is urgently needed to revive the Agreement.

The Agreement at 25: A time for constitutional change in Northern Ireland

5 Apr 2023

23rd March 2023 marked the release of ‘The Parliamentary Battle over Brexit’, an authoritative account by UCL Constitution Unit Director Meg Russell and Research Fellow Lisa James, charting the full story of how Brexit was played out in parliament. 

15 Mar 2023

On 7th March 2023 The Constitution Unit at UCL published the findings of a second major survey investigating citizens’ attitudes to how democracy should function in the UK.

Trust in politicians is at a low ebb and the health of the UK democracy matters as much to voters as issues such as crime and immigration, according to a new report by the UCL Constitution Unit.

The report – co-authored by the Unit’s Alan Renwick, Meg Russell, and James Cleaver and Ben Lauderdale, Head of the UCL Department of Political Science – found that most voters believe stronger mechanisms are needed to ensure politicians follow the rules, with four out of five saying the current system needs reform so that politicians who do not act with integrity can be punished.



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