Students on the BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families, BA (Hons) Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice and BA (Hons) Social Policy and Sociology courses were given the opportunity to participate in a number of trips connected to their studies.
For the last few years we have organised trips to the European Parliament in Brussels and the House of Commons in London. These visits are designed to link into the teaching on the first year of these degree programmes, and they afford students with a unique and fascinating opportunity to enjoy a tour of each of the Parliaments, seeing first-hand where decisions that affect the social and economic wellbeing of citizens across Europe and in the UK are made.
Students from the School of Social Work, Care and Community have recently returned from their annual visit to Belgium's administrative capital of the EU. They visited the EU parliament to find out more about how the European Union works on day-to-day basis. They have also visited the Parlimentarium museum that shows history and development of the European Union, and attended a talk given by Julie Ward, the North West MEP, which inspired and motivated our students. It’s fair to say that all students were captivated by the historical beauty of the city.
This year there was an unexpected addition to the itinerary. We met BBC North West political editor, Arif Ansari on our flight out to Brussels and he was filming in the city whilst we were there. As a result the students were filmed arriving at the EU and some were even interviewed for the Sunday Politics show!