Students visit MoD and House of Commons

Public Services students with Doctor Andrew Murrison
Public Services students with Doctor Andrew Murrison

Public Services students discovered more about international security during a visit to the MoD in London.

The students met Doctor Andrew Murrison, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Security Strategy, at the Ministry of Defence where they discussed his role and his previous career.

The meeting took place in the Mountbatten Suite, which is used for high profile meetings including those attended by Prime Minster David Cameron.

“It was a great opportunity for the students to question someone at the heart of Government on matters of national and international importance,” said Colin Whittaker, head of Public Services at Priestley College.

Also during the residential, the students completed a full tour of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They visited just days before the Queen used the chambers to announce her government’s proposed legislation for the next year.

Students were also photographed next to a stained glass window that will be given to the Queen as ‘a gift from the members of the house of commons’ to honour the 60th anniversary of her coronation.

The trip to London follows a visit by Andy Gillman MBE – from the MOD’s Education Outreach Programme – to Priestley College earlier this year.

He conducted a mock news event with the students based on the diplomatic scenario of a war in Dacan.

“These kinds of opportunities are only available to our students because of the strong relationships we have forged as a college with key people,” said Colin.

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