As Manchester's first student think tank, The Peterloo Institute is providing a platform for the next generation of progressive policymakers in the region. From innovative research, to insightful publications, to engaging public events, there are all sorts of ways you can get involved with the amazing voluntary work our teams do.  

All too often entry into the world of policy is through narrow channels reserved for a select few. We want to change that. Diversity and inclusivity are at the heart of how we operate as an organisation and we value people from all different backgrounds and with all types of experience. 


So if you think working in policy isn't for you, think again. By joining our team, you can gain the skills you need to launch a career in the field whilst helping provide the solutions to some of the biggest challenges our city-region and country face today. 

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Please note all positions are unpaid

More details about the roles available and application forms are below. Please follow the links to apply


Director of Communications application

Deputy Director of Communications:

Communications Strategist application:

Editor Application:

Deputy Chief Editor Application:

Events Associate Application:

Inclusivity officer application:

Head of Research - Regional Inequality team application:

Deputy Head of Research - Regional Inequality team application:

General Strategist application:

Research Strategist application:

Head of Research - Structural Racism team application:

Deputy Head of Research - Structural Racism team application:

Researcher - Structural Racism team application:

Policy Advisor - Structural Racism team application:

Researcher - Regional Inequality team application:

Policy Advisor - Regional Inequality team application:

Structural Racism project


The Structural Racism research team strives to combat systemic barriers that actively impede individuals' opportunities and social development, particularly from underprivileged backgrounds. Refugees and asylum seekers experience a lot of legal and social issues trying to lead productive lives in the UK, and those issues are only exacerbated by the lack of support,  hostile environments, and the general lack of awareness. This year, in collaboration with the Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN), our Structural Racism team will explore legal issues refugees and asylum seekers face. The research will be concerned with the drastic impacts of the loss of official documents, such as the Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) and the legal structure surrounding the rights to live and work for refugees in Greater Manchester. Through volunteering at the MRSN, our research team will work to devise implementable policy changes to help support individuals with refugee status and strengthen their influence in shaping decisions and processes that affect their lives.

Regional Inequality Project

The overarching goal of the Regional Inequality Research Team is to reduce disparities between people and places within the North West. We view regional inequality as a vicious cycle that is perpetuated through stark unequal opportunity, lack of support, and even exploitation. Through our research, we hope to help break that cycle, focusing this year on investigations regarding  ‘Zero-hour Contracts'.Our Regional Inequality research team will explore the causes and impacts of Zero-hour Contracts on university students across Greater Manchester. Having started last Spring with the background research, the challenge will be to carry out the next stages of the project and deliver impactful policy recommendations! The team will endeavour to devise implementable policy solutions to incite change across Greater Manchester and combat the insecurity young people experience.

Current Projects 
Included here are some more details about the projects going on at The Peterloo Institute that who could be working on