Ten Winstanley College students recently travelled to Birmingham where they addressed a number of global issues and worked collaboratively to find solutions during a Model UN Conference. The economy, environment, human rights and global security were all topics of debate during the three day event which involved students from various sixth form colleges across the UK.
Students also met former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Director of Communications Alistair Campbell, who offered some very interesting insights with regard to communication and the ways in which young people can become active citizens. Liam Byrne MP who served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in Gordon Brown’s Government also advised students on future routes into the nation’s political landscape.
The event proved to be particularly successful for Christian Cocking, Alexandra and Grace Holland and James Whitfield who picked up prestigious awards for their ability to persuade fellow delegates of the merits of their countries’ resolutions. Christian Cocking said: “I found MUN to be a great opportunity to learn and engage with current global problems whilst working effectively with other people to find a viable solution.”
Politics Tutor David Cartwright congratulated all ten participating Winstanley students on their efforts during the weekend, noting: “The research and professionalism of our students was excellent. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event, made new friends and developed some crucial skills. The experience aided their research, communication and critical thinking skills which are crucial to making a competitive university application.”
David added: “We are totally committed to providing students with as many opportunities as possible. We have an internal Debating Society and take part in national debating competitions. In addition, we have recently launched a new Question Time format at college and also welcome numerous guest speakers throughout the year who discuss a wide range of issues.”
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank event organiser Tom Williams for making Winstanley College staff and students feel so welcome across the three days.