Sussex Politics Society 2018-19 activities

In February the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP came to Falmer to talk about his views on Brexit and what might happen next. Global development was the focus for Lord Malloch-Brown, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Vice-President of the World Bank, while Rizal Sukma, Indonesian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, discussed the role of diplomacy.

Other events have focused on careers and the changing political landscape. On separate occasions the society welcomed Sussex alumni Peter Wilby, former editor of the New Statesman and Independent on Sunday, and Matthew Lownds of the diplomatic service.

Student members recently paid Parliament a visit during a trip arranged with local MP Peter Kyle’s office. This was a chance to learn more about the workings of national politics and explore the historic building.

The society provides plenty of other opportunities for students and staff to socialise. These have included a barbecue attended by about 120 students, pub quizzes and a twist on a well-known game show called ‘Are you smarter than your lecturer?’ The latter, run jointly with the Students in Philosophy Society (SIPS), saw staff and students go head to head to answer politics and philosophy-related questions.

The committee has collaborated with the University’s Public Affairs team to coordinate visits such as Hilary Benn’s and offer student representation. In March Politics Society member and first-year Psychology student Jenna Ramzi Haddad accompanied staff to Parliament to contribute to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Women and Work, which the University supports. Jenna took part in the discussion, attended by parliamentarians and other groups working to create a more inclusive workplace.

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