European Youth Parliament UK 2015-07-30T18:08:28Z http://eypuk.co.uk/feed/atom/ Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Belfast EurVoice: Call for Officials]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3791 2015-07-30T18:08:28Z 2015-07-30T18:06:31Z We are very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Belfast EurVoice on 20th October 2015 which will take place in Belfast Town Hall. Alumni will be needed from 10am and please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if you are interested in taking part. Our Belfast EurVoice session has moved from strength to strength over the years and with our International Session happening […]

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We are very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Belfast EurVoice on 20th October 2015 which will take place in Belfast Town Hall. Alumni will be needed from 10am and please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if you are interested in taking part.

EurVoice-logo-300x299Our Belfast EurVoice session has moved from strength to strength over the years and with our International Session happening next year in Belfast and Dublin, don’t miss this chance to see the city and start the excitement in advance! The role on the day will consist of leading workshops with groups of school children to prepare them for a Q&A session with a panel of experts. To learn more about EYPUK’s EurVoice outreach programme, click here.

If you are unable to attend this session, you may be interested in helping at our Liverpool EurVoice session – we’d love to see as many people as possible involved so please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if either of these sessions interest you!

 

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Liverpool EurVoice: Call for Officials]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3782 2015-07-17T18:08:29Z 2015-07-17T18:07:29Z We are very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Liverpool EurVoice on 30th September 2015 which will take place in Liverpool Town Hall. The event will start around noon and please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if you are interested in taking part. Our Liverpool session is always a fantastic session and we encourage all alumni to attend and support […]

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We are very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Liverpool EurVoice on 30th September 2015 which will take place in Liverpool Town Hall. The event will start around noon and please email eurvoice@eypuk.co.uk if you are interested in taking part. eurvoicebelfastOur Liverpool session is always a fantastic session and we encourage all alumni to attend and support our excellent outreach programme. The role on the day will consist of leading workshops with groups of school children to prepare them for a Q&A session with a panel of experts. To learn more about EYPUK’s EurVoice outreach programme, click here.

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Congratulations!]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3769 2015-07-08T20:00:24Z 2015-07-08T19:58:24Z All of us at EYPUK would like to offer our congratulations to the teams selected from the Summer National Session which took place last weekend! A big well done to Tiffin Grammar, who will be attending the International Session in Liepzig, as well as Warwick School and Howell’s School who will attend International Fora in […]

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All of us at EYPUK would like to offer our congratulations to the teams selected from the Summer National Session which took place last weekend! A big well done to Tiffin Grammar, who will be attending the International Session in Liepzig, as well as Warwick School and Howell’s School who will attend International Fora in the upcoming year.

We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all the delegates who took part and to all the officials who worked very hard to make the session so enjoyable for everyone. Particular thanks to Cara Pacitti as Imogen Findlay as Head Organisers and Saga Eriksson (FI) as President – it was a wonderful session!

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Thank You to All Our Volunteers!]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3751 2015-06-06T16:14:19Z 2015-06-06T16:14:19Z In the spirit of Volunteer Week 2015, all the team at EYPUK would like to take the opportunity to offer a huge THANK YOU to our volunteers who contribute so much of their time and effort to make this organisation what it is. Each session we run, whether it is a National Session, a Regional Forum or […]

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In the spirit of Volunteer Week 2015, all the team at EYPUK would like to take the opportunity to offer a huge THANK YOU to our volunteers who contribute so much of their time and effort to make this organisation what it is.

Each session we run, whether it is a National Session, a Regional Forum or a EurVoice Session, involves a team of dedicated individuals and we would not be able to offer the opportunities to so many young people without their help.

We have an incredibly exciting few years ahead of us, in particular with our joint International Session (http://www.dublinbelfast2016.eu/) with EYP Ireland taking place in 2016, and are looking forward to involving even more people in our organisation. Please continue supporting our work and sessions, we really appreciate it!!

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Call for Officials – Autumn Nationals 2015!]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3746 2015-05-30T16:11:02Z 2015-05-30T16:11:02Z EYPUK is very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Autumn National Session 2015! The Autumn National Session of EYPUK will be taking place from the 10-13th September 2015 at Liverpool Hope University. Please note that officials are expected to arrive on the 9th September for officials’ preparation and teambuilding. The theme for the session is “Uniting Across […]

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EYPUK is very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Autumn National Session 2015! The Autumn National Session of EYPUK will be taking place from the 10-13th September 2015 at Liverpool Hope University. Please note that officials are expected to arrive on the 9th September for officials’ preparation and teambuilding.

The theme for the session is “Uniting Across Borders to Ensure a Sustainable Future”, in keeping with the international focus of 2015 as the Year of Development and you can more read more by clicking here.

Prospective officials would require real enthusiasm for the session aims and theme. To apply, please complete and return the application form which can be opened by clicking here: Application Form for Officials Autumn 2015. Please send your completed applications to apply@eypuk.co.uk. The deadline for applications is Saturday 13th June, 23:59 GMT. The selection panel will then consider and review applications and reply to all applicants.

 

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Thames Valley Regional Report]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3740 2015-05-09T16:41:08Z 2015-05-09T16:41:08Z by Kate Simmons  On the 16th March, 7 schools from across the region came to the Oxford Union to take part in the EYPUK Thames Valley Regional Forum. The day was filled with a high level of debate, as the delegates discussed current European issues. The event was held in the Debating Chamber of the Oxford Union, one […]

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by Kate Simmons 

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On the 16th March, 7 schools from across the region came to the Oxford Union to take part in the EYPUK Thames Valley Regional Forum. The day was filled with a high level of debate, as the delegates discussed current European issues. The event was held in the Debating Chamber of the Oxford Union, one of the most historic debating unions in the world. The delegates were speaking in the same place as figures such as Benazir Bhutto, Mother Teresa and Albert Einstein. This historic location was a fitting setting for the event, and the portraits and busts of famous presidents and speakers served as inspiration for the delegates. They certainly rose to the occasion and exceeded expectations.

The guest speaker Mohammed Abbasi, the Lord Mayor of Oxford, opened the Forum. In his biographical speech the Lord Mayor described his childhood in Pakistan, his increasingly long journeys to school, and how he had to make pens and ink from molasses and carbon. When he moved to England he worked as an engineer for GPO telephones before his career in politics. In his speech the Lord Mayor stressed the importance of young people getting involved in politics, and how he strongly believes that 16 year olds should have the right to vote. This was a fitting introduction for the day, where we would see 16-17 year olds discuss not just national, but European issues.

First there was an introductory debate to help the delegates become familiar with the format of the debates. This debate proposed to combat the problem of housing in the EU by building houses out of Lego! A great start to the debating was made with LIBE (Radley School) giving a passionate proposition speech about the fantastic properties of Lego, which was opposed by a speech from ECON (The Abbey School), which raised the issue of Lego’s lack of sustainability. After a lively round of debate from the floor, the resolution was passed, and so we may be seeing brightly coloured buildings popping up around the EU in the future!

For the remainder of the day, Committees argued for and against a range of topics. By the end of the first debate, regarding freedom of speech vs. the right to privacy, every Committee had contributed to the discussion. Lively, passionate debate throughout the day followed this strong start, with the delegates discussing how to end Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, the role that the EU should play in supporting the refugees of ISIS, and how best to deal with practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

There was also a debate in French about how to combat the lack of turn out in European elections. The Committees had a very good grasp of the language, being able to form articulate speeches and points on the issue. Particular mention goes to DROI (St.Helen’s and St.Katharine’s School) and EMPL (Abingdon School) for their language skill, even making use of Direct Responses. In the third round of the debate, pupils could use any European language, and we heard Spanish, Greek, Italian, German and Dutch.

Feedback from the pupils was positive. A member of CULT (Dean Close School) said, ‘I like the structure of the event. People can make general points as well as speeches, so everyone can get involved’. EYPUK would like to thank all the pupils and teachers for the high level of debate and the positive, friendly atmosphere. Congratulations to the pupils and teachers of St.Helen’s and St. Katharines’s School, and Radley School for being selected to attend the 2015 National Sessions.

We would also like to thank those at the Oxford Union, the Lord Mayor Mohammed Abbasi, Monika Ghosh – the session’s President, and the other EYPUK alumni who were present for making this regional session a success. Special thanks go to the Organisers, Cara Pacitti and Pierce Chalmers, for ensuring the smooth running of the event.

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Call for Officials – Summer Nationals 2015!]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3733 2015-04-30T19:08:29Z 2015-04-30T19:08:29Z EYPUK is very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Summer National Session 2015! The Summer National Session of EYPUK will be taking place from the 2nd–5th July 2015 at Liverpool Hope University. Please note that officials are expected to arrive on the 1st July for officials’ preparation and teambuilding. For the full Call, […]

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EYPUK is very excited to announce our Call for Officials for our Summer National Session 2015! The Summer National Session of EYPUK will be taking place from the 2nd–5th July 2015 at Liverpool Hope University. Please note that officials are expected to arrive on the 1st July for officials’ preparation and teambuilding. For the full Call, please click the following link: Officials’ Call Summer 2015.

The theme for the session is “Uniting Across Borders to Ensure a Sustainable Future”, in keeping with the international focus of 2015 as the Year of Development and you can more read more by clicking here.

Prospective officials would require real enthusiasm for the session aims and theme. To apply, please complete and return the application form (click: Summer Officials’ Application Form) to apply@eypuk.co.uk. The deadline for applications is Sunday 10th May, 23:59 GMT. The selection panel will then consider and review applications and reply to all applicants.

 

 

 

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[East Anglia Regional Report]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3730 2015-04-23T19:59:55Z 2015-04-23T19:59:55Z by Bethany Appleton The beautiful and historic Newnham College played host to EYP on Monday 16th March, as eight schools from across the region gathered to debate some of the most pressing problems facing the EU right now at this year’s East Anglia Regional Forum. We were lucky enough to have the Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Gerri […]

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The beautiful and historic Newnham College played host to EYP on Monday 16th March, as eight schools from across the region gathered to debate some of the most pressing problems facing the EU right now at this year’s East Anglia Regional Forum.

We were lucky enough to have the Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Gerri Bird, give her time to begin the day with a really touching speech; she then stayed to watch any ice be well and truly broken with an enthusiastic round of “The Jellyfish,” and for the first debate to take place, proposed by LIBE (Bedford Modern School) and opposed by AFCO (Netherhall School). With points about the Charlie Hebdo attack, the Jimmy Savile case and the MPs’ expenses scandal in the defence and attack speeches, this proved to by a highly topical debate during which delegates questioned the line between privacy and public interest.

It certainly got everybody warmed up for the second debate of the day, where ITRE’s (Kimbolton School) resolution about ways to achieve EU energy independence was opposed by SEDE (IVC Sixth Form), who raised concerns about the resolution’s effect on employment and whether it could be tailored to the individual circumstances of different member states. Nevertheless, these two motions were both voted through by the floor.

After a brief coffee break, we returned to examine two highly controversial resolutions; the first of these, emotively proposed by DROI (Colchester County High School for Girls), sought to effectively manage the influx of refugees to the EU following IS militant activity in Syria. By this point, all the committees were really engaging with the discussion and the Board were pleased to see almost everyone chiming in with Direct Responses – one of the delegates commented later that using Direct Responses was their favourite bit of the debates. Accordingly, these placards were often raised once more during the following debate, after some alarmingly graphic speeches from FEMM (Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies) sparked an intense discussion about how the EU should be working to eliminate FGM.

The afternoon brought with it the final pair of debates. First ECON (Norwich High School for Girls) put forward their proposals to encourage the growth of small and medium enterprises in the hope of the strengthening the EU’s economy. Whilst the resolution did not eventually pass, it was great to see so many creative alternative suggestions put forward by speakers from the floor. An economic theme continued into the last debate, however, this time CULT (Reepham High School) were arguing for their resolution which aimed to improve general financial literacy across the EU.

Some very strong attack speeches came from the floor during the second half of the day, with ECON, ITRE, SEDE and DROI all putting forward convincing oppositions to different resolutions, and it was great to see delegates thinking on their feet to come up with thoughtful and relevant points.

With the judges out of the room, everybody relaxed a little for a more light-hearted French Debate, which, after ECON’s defence speech, swiftly broadened its scope to include a myriad of other languages, including Lithuanian, Spanish, Polish, Thai, Chinese and Shona. But then the moment for which all the delegates had been waiting arrived: the members of the jury re-entered, and announced that ITRE and DROI had been selected to attend the Summer and Autumn National Selection Conferences respectively, citing their thorough research, involvement and teamwork as important qualities leading to the decision.

As events drew to an end, following a wonderful closing speech from the President, the feedback from the committees was incredibly positive, as delegates described the debating experience as “riveting” and commented on how much they had enjoyed “speaking about matters that you wouldn’t normally have a chance to look at in-depth.”

We would like to thanks all of the delegates who contributed, the teachers who supported them, the incredibly dedicated alumni team and of course the Head Organisers, Lorel and Jack, who put so much effort into making the day hugely enjoyable and a great success for everyone involved!

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[East of Scotland Regional Report]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3725 2015-04-20T21:01:03Z 2015-04-20T20:59:06Z by Nikky Reddy On what can only be described as a fine Scottish morning, five different schools from all over the East of Scotland gathered at the historic Playfair library. This was in fact the beginning of what went on to be a very successful EYP Regional Session. Once all of the delegates were seated the session was […]

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On what can only be described as a fine Scottish morning, five different schools from all over the East of Scotland gathered at the historic Playfair library. This was in fact the beginning of what went on to be a very successful EYP Regional Session. Once all of the delegates were seated the session was ready to go.

The day began with a warm up debate on the pressing topic of ‘what colour is the dress’. Many interesting ideas came out of this including a thought that the dress was in fact “green and purple”. Once the delegates had mastered the use of placards the General Assembly was going to begin.

General Assembly provided some wonderful demonstrations of EYP debating. The topics discussed included the EU’s future energy which was eloquently defended by ITRE (Dunfermline High School) and attacked by AFCO (Royal High School). The next debate was about the response by the EU to ISIS for which an emotional case was put forward by the committee on human rights- DROI (The Mary Erskine School) – though SEDE (Auchmuty High School) felt there were some holes in the resolution. And the final debate of the day was on freedom of the press and a very convincing case was put forward by LIBE (St Margret’s School for girls) and after a lot of placard waving AFCO (Royal High School) were selected to attack this resolution.

This opened way to the “French” debate. This was fluently proposed by DROI (The Mary Erskine School). The rest of the debate went from French to Spanish to Japanese to Arabic to Bengali to Mandarin and then to “Franglaise.” This concluded a high quality General Assembly with many persuasive points being made. All participants made contributions and this made for an excellent discussion.

All delegates got to mix with one another throughout the day and a few spoke to me on their time at the Regional Session. Sorna Paramananthan of DROI expressed how she enjoyed “discussing other people’s genuine opinions on pressing topics facing the EU,” highlighting the importance of EYP in educating and engaging young people about important issues within Europe. A group of girls from LIBE (St Margret’s School for girls) who had travelled quite a distance informed me that they had to wake at 5am to get to the session and it was definitely worth it as they all got to share their views on pertinent issues to the EU. Aaron Leyden from ITRE (Dunfermline High School) seemed particularly touched by EYP as he told me that “EYP is life changing as not only do you get to meet new people- you also get free biscuits.”

This session was one of the most successful East of Scotland Sessions run with a large number of schools present. Thanks must go to all delegates for an excellent quality General Assembly; the teachers who prepared the teams and took time out of their jobs to accompany the teams; all Alumni present including the jury Christian Browne, Ali Amjad and Irene Zervidi and also the board Vice Presidents Annie MacConnachie and Milana Yandieva. Special thanks must go to Fotis Papadogeorgopoulos for presiding the session. But the session would not have been able to take place without the commitment shown by the two head organisers Loui Marchant and Naomi Foale.

 

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Toni Kerridge <![CDATA[Call for Autumn Session President!]]> http://eypuk.co.uk/?p=3719 2015-04-16T07:11:29Z 2015-04-15T18:16:19Z EYPUK Autumn National Session 2015 Presidential Call EYPUK is very excited to announce the Presidential Call for our Autumn National Session 2015. This session will take place from the 10-13th September 2015 at Liverpool Hope University (please note that officials are expected to arrive a day prior for officials’ preparation and teambuilding). The theme for the session is “Uniting Across […]

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EYPUK Autumn National Session 2015 Presidential Call

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EYPUK is very excited to announce the Presidential Call for our Autumn National Session 2015. This session will take place from the 10-13th September 2015 at Liverpool Hope University (please note that officials are expected to arrive a day prior for officials’ preparation and teambuilding).

The theme for the session is “Uniting Across Borders to Ensure a Sustainable Future”, in keeping with the international focus of 2015 as the Year of Development. Please click here for further details about the theme.

For full information, please read the Autumn-National-Session-2015-Presidential-Call. A prospective President would require real enthusiasm for the session aims and theme, as well as experience of an international level. To apply, please complete and return the following application form:Presidential Application Form Autumn.

Please send your application to apply@eypuk.co.uk. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22nd April, 23:59 GMT. The selection panel will then consider and review applications and reply to all applicants.

Best of luck and we look forward to receiving your applications!

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