In February 2012 the School sent a delegation of students to the Harvard National Model United Nations conference in Boston, USA. It is hoped that this can be a recurring event in years to come.
Eight Master’s and final-year undergraduate students from across the School’s departments took part in the delegation, with the School funding the costs of conference fees and accommodation at the conference venue, the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, for all our delegates.
Philipp Lottholz, MSc International Development "It gave us a real insight into how international politics and institutions work."
Delegates from Birmingham took part over several days in a number of MUN committees, including the International Security & Disarmament Committee, Legal Committee, Special Summit on Non-Discrimination, Historical General Assembly 1956, and United States ExComm (Cuban Missile Crisis simulation). There were also social events in the evenings where delegates could mix with delegates from other universities from across the Americas and the rest of the world. In total the conference was attended by approximately 3500 delegates, and was opened with an address by former Secretary of the Treasury and Harvard President Lawrence Summers.
Timothy Frayne, MSc, CREES "It prompted me to really start thinking about the kind of career I want to have."
Birmingham’s delegation was accompanied on the trip by Dr Adam Quinn from the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS).