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College hosts House of Lords peer

Judith Quinn, the college’s assistant principal of sixth forms and higher education, students Bradley Myerscough and Kate Harnett, with The Lord Shipley OBE at Bede campus

Sunderland College hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process.

The Lord Shipley OBE, a former leader of Newcastle City Council, met with more than 85 A-Level students on Friday at the college’s Bede campus to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords.

Students on a range of A-Level courses, including law, history and government and politics, attended the talk, which was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.

Bradley Myerscough, 17, is studying A-Levels in English literature, history and physics at the college. He said: “Having Lord Shipley visit our college was a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about the House of Lords and also be able to ask questions about his and his peers’ role in what affects all of us in Britain.

“I thoroughly enjoyed his talk and learnt a lot of facts that I didn’t know before. Sunderland College offers pupils many opportunities to participate in tasks like this and shows that the college is interested in enriching students’ lives and education.”

Judith Quinn, assistant principal (sixth forms and higher education) at Sunderland College, added: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.”

The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s ‘Peers in Schools’ programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 75,000 young people.

This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools/academies and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum.

For more information about the programme, visit the Lord Speaker’s web page here.

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