International Study Centre politics students meet Member of Parliament

10 November 2020
Lord Simon Russell of Liverpool

Students and staff recently had the opportunity to learn about UK politics in an exciting session named Learn with the Lords. Available to students on the International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science pathway and organised by Politics tutor Lindsay Jones, our students were able to meet an experienced Member of Parliament, Lord Simon Russell of Liverpool.

Held online to accommodate students learning at home and on campus, 40 of our students and tutors were able to ask questions in a virtual setting. Lord Russell is a Crossbench excepted Hereditary peer in the House of Lords – as well as the great-grandson of former British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin – with years of experience working in the UK political system.

Speaking of the opportunity to meet with a Member of Parliament, Hongbeom from South Korea said: “Meeting the Lord was really motivating. I was able to ask him questions and he answered me sincerely about international students in the UK and the political system of the UK. It was a memorable experience and I hope there will be more this kind of events for students.”

Another student, Maria from Peru, agreed. Believing interactive sessions like this will benefit students in the future, she said: “It was a unique opportunity to deeply understand how the House of Lords works and to know more about him and his career. I think it was an enriching and dynamic session that motivated many of us to continue preparing for the future and to take advantage of every opportunity that the International Study Centre offers. It was a pleasure to attend to the meeting and I am thankful for it.”

Hidayat from Singapore also shared these sentiments, stating: “I am grateful that Lord Russell of Liverpool set aside some time to talk to us, and that the tutors arranged the session with the relevant organisation – it was certainly a rare experience! Not only did we get to learn from the experiences of a Member of Parliament, we also got a glimpse into the life of a Hereditary Peer. I learnt a lot from His Lordship’s sharing on his charitable work, as well as His Lordship’s insights on current developments in British society and politics. My only grievance – the session was too short!”

Interactive learning will allow you to continue learning outside of the classroom. At the International Study Centre, you’ll be able to attend events such as this to enrich your learning experience and learn more about the subjects you love – ensuring you're successful as a university student and in your career.