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Discussion and debate on the agenda as NTU partners with UK Parliament Week

A programme of discussion and debate on topical issues such as misogyny, the youth voice and economic insecurity is to take place at Nottingham Trent University, as the Department of Politics and International Relations partners with UK Parliament Week.

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UK Parliament Week at NTU will tackle important issues of the moment

Organisations taking part in the national festival must offer activities which engage people with the UK Parliament, explore what it means to them and empower them to get involved.

From 12 – 18 November, NTU will bring together students, staff, experts and the local community for a series of public events which tackle the issues of the moment, including panel discussions, guest lectures and workshops.

Following extensive national debate on the topic of misogyny as a hate crime, on Wednesday 14 November experts from political, legal, academic and civil society backgrounds will discuss what people can do to challenge gender stereotypes and misogynistic attitudes and behaviours in Nottingham and beyond.

The panel will include Amelia Womack, Green Party deputy leader; Dr Loretta Trickett, Associate Professor, Nottingham Law School, and author of the Misogyny Hate Crime Evaluation Report; and Sue Fish OBE, former chief constable of Nottinghamshire Police

With the Brexit Leave campaign offering the chance for people to ‘take back control’ and revitalise UK democracy, a workshop on 14 November, entitled Life after Brexit: Raising young people’s voice/s and influence in local democracy, willprovide a safe space for young people to explore how they can take greater control and influence the future of local democracy to help them achieve their hopes for the future and fight for issues of importance to them.

In a public lecture on Thursday 15 November, former Member of Parliament, Gerry Sutcliffe, will be reflecting on his time as a Government Minister for Sport and Tourism. With its remit to ‘drive growth, enrich lives and promote Britain abroad’, Gerry will explore the challenges facing the current Minister and Department – especially the future implications of Brexit upon this area.

Dr Rose Gann, head of department for Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, said: “There is currently a great deal of uncertainty in society among people of all ages. We’ve created a programme of events which tackle really important issues of the moment and, in keeping with Parliament week, encourages our students as well as the public to find out more about the role of Parliament.  We’re inviting the people of Nottinghamshire to join us in several debates on topics which could have a significant impact on their lives.”

Students from the University’s School of Social Sciences will also be taking part in a host of activities throughout the week, including a ‘hands-on’ workshop on political communication for students led by external experts and a visit to the Houses of Parliament.

For more information on UK Parliament Week events taking place at Nottingham Trent University or to book a place, visit NTU’s UK Parliament Week website. For more information on UK Parliament Week, visit the website

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Discussion and debate on the agenda as NTU partners with UK Parliament Week

Published on 9 November 2018
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