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Newspeak House

The London College of Political Technology

133-135 Bethnal Green Road[email protected]@nwspk

“For better or for worse, technology shapes society, but we can - and must - influence the path it takes. Newspeak House is the place to tackle this head on”

Dr Rufus Pollock

Founder & President of Open Knowledge
Fellow of Newspeak House

“A residency at Newspeak House is a unique opportunity to connect with communities and ideas from across domains of politics, technology and social science”

Dr Lisa Murphy

Senior Policy Manager at NHSX Centre for Improving Data Collaboration
Fellow of Newspeak House

Study With Us

Newspeak House is a hub for communities working to change society with technology, spanning all kinds of civic institutions, from government, politics, activism, charities, journalism, thinktanks, NGOs, philanthropy, to academia.

At the heart of Newspeak House is its residential programme, running since 2015. Seven residents spend a year immersed in these communities, enjoying the chance to meet thousands of people and attend events held on their doorstep.

It is designed to support mid-career technologists gain a holistic understanding of the civic landscape in the UK, in order to found groundbreaking new projects or seek strategic positions in key institutions. It’s ideal for people who have been working professionally for several years and are now looking to grow their network and spend time reflecting deeply on how they can best have impact on the world.

Residents will have the opportunity to:

Upon completing the course, you will be invited to join the Newspeak House fellowship, the start of a lifelong relationship with the institution and its networks.

We are looking for a diverse, interdisciplinary group that brings a mix of backgrounds, methodologies, fields, and professions — practitioners, researchers, developers, lawyers, advocates, activists, educators, entrepreneurs, journalists, technology industry actors, those coming out of a government office or position, policy analysts, public intellectuals, and those whose practice doesn’t fit squarely into conventional categories.

Residents must be open to living in close proximity to other people, and be enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and network, and developing mentoring relationships. We prioritise applicants who are excited about connecting with and contributing to other residents, fellows, members, organisers, and the growing communities working on political technology.

A principal benefit of residency is the opportunity to engage with the collegiate environment and activities happening on campus, and so while we recognise that some travel is unavoidable, residents should plan to spend the majority of term time living in college accommodation.

Residents should plan to spend at least sixteen hours a week focused on the course itself. This will be a mix of seminars, pair work, self-study, and attending events. Course content is adapted to the needs of the cohort, but broadly the first half of the year is focused on group exercises and getting an overview of the field, and the second half on developing your individual projects.

Key Dates

2022
July Interviews
August Offers made
September New residents move in
Start October Autumn Term Starts
Early December Autumn Term Ends
2023
Early January Spring Term Starts
Late March Spring Term Ends
Mid April Summer Term Starts
Mid July Summer Term Ends
End July Graduation

Fees

The course fee for the entire year is £2400, payable in two installments; upon acceptance of your offer, and at the start of your residency.

Living in college accommodation is a mandatory part of the residency, and costs £900 per calendar month, payable from October 2022 until August 2023 inclusive.

Thanks to generous gifts from fellows and community members, there are some full and partial scholarships available. Please indicate in your application if your participation is contingent on a scholarship.

How to Apply

There is a short application form, primarily serving to give us an idea of what your interests are, and to start a conversation with us as to whether a residency might be the right thing for you. Applications are taken on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled. We encourage you to submit your application even if you're not sure if you want to take the course, or if you feel you don't have time to complete the form to your satisfaction.

Application Form

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview, either at the college or remotely. We have found that the best candidates tend to have the following qualities:

Newspeak House is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of colour, women, the LGBTQIA community, and disabled people. Unfortunately though, the lodgings offered are not wheelchair accessible, and space is not available for partners/family. Also, aside from service animals, roaming pets not allowed.

While we welcome applications from outside the United Kingdom, we are currently unable to support the acquisition of visas. If you are applying from outside the United Kingdom and are accepted, you will need to secure your own visa and, depending on your situation, work permit.

You're welcome to reapply if you don't get selected the first time.

If you have any questions about the course or the application process, don't hesitate to reach out via [email protected] or @nwspk. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on an application.

Pastoral Care

The wellbeing of our residents is of great importance to us. Newspeak House employs a chaplain and retains a pastoral board who are there to provide support for the emotional and psychological health of those who stay with us.

During the first month of residency we will host a series of onboarding sessions designed to help create a culture of care and mutual support.

Even in communities where everyone has the best of intentions, things can sometimes go wrong. Our pastoral team are experienced in community harm prevention and response, and we will proactively deal with any conflicts or pastoral issues should they arise.

If you would like to know more about our pastoral provisions, please contact [email protected]

Current Residents

Jacob
Jacob Coxon

Applying mathematics and data science to inefficient markets
06jcoxon@gmail.com

Lydia
Lydia Farnham

Applying data science and machine learning to the root causes of environmental issues.
farnhamlydia@gmail.com

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Shad Jahangir

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Amber
Amber Rignell

Product Manager at Open Function, bringing open source process automation to governments and social-impact organizations
amber.rignell@gmail.com, @a_rignell

Manon
Manon Jones

Geospatial analysis and information management at UN International Organization for Migration, and researching protracted refugee settlements using Space Syntax methodologies at the Bartlett, UCL.
manonjones1510@gmail.com

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Clem von Stengel

History of AI, Reinforcement Learning, Complexity Science, Political Theory
clemvonstengel@gmail.com

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Clément Briens

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War Studies BA @ KCL & Data and Society @ LSE
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