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Lower 6th ‘Digital Democracy’ Workshop

Sixth Formers at the centre of Welsh politics in front of the Pierhead Building and the Senedd

Our Lower Sixth students were honoured to be invited by Cardiff University Politics & International Relations Department to the Pierhead Building on Tuesday to participate in a workshop on ‘Digital Democracy’.  Fifteen students were divided into three groups to discuss ways in which social media might help to increase youth participation in politics.  The proposals of the winning team will now be submitted to the Political Studies Association for consideration at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster.  The students found the experience immensely stimulating and rewarding, and contributed some impressive ideas to the debate.

The winning team will have the honour of representing Wales at the Parliament Week Event in November held at Portcullis House, Westminster.  Ryan Martyn and Parinita Swarnkar have been selected to present the proposals on behalf of the team at this prestigious event, alongside 120 other representatives from across the UK. 

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St John’s College would like to express its sincere thanks to Dr Stephen Thornton and his colleagues, Dr Jonathan Kirkup and Dr Ian Stafford of Cardiff University for organising and leading the workshop, and to Deputy Presiding Officer, David Melding AM, for so kindly sponsoring the event.

“We really enjoyed our time at the Pierhead building and the workshop which far surpassed our expectations.  We are thankful to Cardiff University for organising this opportunity for our college, as it let us get involved, provide our own input and learn more about our position in politics, now and in the future.” (Parinita Swarnkar and Lowri Jones of L6th)

Mr J. Neville

30 September 2014

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