Posted on 13/01/2014
Just after the end of the autumn term, Royal Holloway welcomed over 70 Sixth Form students to campus for the Sixth Form Politics Conference, co-hosted with Team, The European Atlantic Movement.
The event aimed to give students a chance to debate and discuss political issues with a new mix of people, and inform them on a variety of political topics, with contributions from four academics over the day. Dr Nicholas Allen, Dr Giacomo Benedetto, Dr Martyn Bond (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Professor Rosemary Hollis (City University) asked attendees to consider several big political questions from different points of view:
Should Britain stay in the EU?
Why do we need to boost women’s representation in politics, and how might we do it?
Do the costs of Globalisation outweigh the benefits?
Is there a role for the UK in the Middle East?
As well as hearing speakers present on these topics, students worked in small groups to present back to the auditorium, delivering their own responses to the questions posed above. The hot topic of the day seemed to be women’s representation in politics, with heated discussions between students taking place until the last moments of the conference.
Nancy Bentley, Arts & Social Sciences Outreach Officer, said "The students who attended truly made it an invigorating day. Their group discussions and presentations showed that young people have a great deal to say about a range of political issues, and really do want to have a stake in politics well before they are able to vote. We would like to thank all the speakers, TEAM, and the Royal Holloway Politics & International Relations department for their contributions."
Schools that attended included Burlington Danes Academy, Desborough School, Hammersmith Academy, Hewens College, Rosedale College, St Albans High School for Girls, and Villiers High School.