Posted: 11 May 2016
Led by the Department of Social Sciences, the EU Creative Debate is a one day event that will help students to become informed voters in their decision leading up to the EU Referendum.
This event on the 18th of May, will include a variety of experts to speak on three main themes followed by hands-on, creative workshops that will enable participants to engage with the topics and develop their knowledge in preparation to vote.
The first theme that will be discussed is the effect of Brexit on education and universities where keynote speakers Vice Chancellor Paul O’ Prey will speak on the effects on Brexit on the University and Professor Bryony Hoskins will be speaking about how the EU supports learning. The next theme will be a student led debate to remain in or leave the EU that will be chaired by the head of Roehampton student debating society Joanna Briggs.
The final theme that will be discussed is the effect that Brexit will have on employment, the environment and human rights. Anthony Robinson, Principal Campaigns & Communications Adviser at Confederation of British Industry, will be speaking about the economic impact of the EU referendum. Dr Katie Boyle, Senior Lecturer in the Roehampton Law School, will talk about the consequences for human rights and citizenship. Sam Lowe, Campaign Manager for Friends of the Earth, will discuss the impact of Brexit for the UK’s environment.
Dr Michele Lamb, Head of the Department of Social Sciences said: “It is necessary that everyone is informed on the implications and key issues and how this will affect the UK’s relationship with Europe. This event is an important opportunity for our students.”
Workshops will provide opportunities for participants to creatively explore the different consequences and positions they may have based on the debates and information from the presentations. These will include hip-hop led by Tanya Williams, Poetic Pilgrimage, art led by artist Matty Ellis, and a performance workshop led by Hamish McPherson who is an alumnus from the Department of Dance.
Find out more information about the EU Creative Debate.
The Department of Social Sciences is rated one of the best in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research and provides students with an ideal start for their future to pursue careers in social justice, the legal system, in the government and non-government agencies.
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