Model United Nations

By Tom Barker, Philosophy Department, 18 March 2016

Ten students represented the College at the national Sixth Form Association Model United Nations conference from 11-13 March 2016. As Iraq and Venezuela, they researched and wrote resolutions, lobbied, negotiated, and debated on issues such as:

  • How to stop terrorists getting hold of weapons of mass destruction

  • Tackling the black market in illegal medicines

  • Use of the death penalty

  • How to preserve the cultural heritage of the Middle East

  • International spying

Three of the eight policy resolutions passed by the conference were from our college and the students won awards for persuasive speaking, quality of resolutions, effective lobbying, and even best dressed delegates. Their research and debating skills meant both our countries were recognised as in the best six of forty delegations at the conference. Last year, we won the best delegation prize. The weekend is hard work but great fun. Our second years are looking forward to continuing with the Model UN at university, so we’ll be looking for new people to take part next year. Join the debating society if you might be interested.