Doncaster MP urges students to enter competition

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint.
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A chance for students to show in film how they would design a democracy, and influence policy in Westminster is on offer.

The Political Studies Association’s Student Short Video Competition asks students to explore the question: “Designing for Democracy - what would you propose?”

Groups of A-level students are invited to submit short videos on this subject, outlining what they would suggest if they could design a system from scratch.

The Political Studies Association promotes the study of politics and runs an annual short film competition open to those who will be studying during the academic year 2015-16.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said: “Encouraging young people to become more engaged in politics is really important. I’d encourage all local A-level students to take part in this competition and submit their ideas and videos. Shortlisted groups will be invited to The Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster to discuss the ideas raised in their video with a panel of politicians, journalists and academics.”

The winners of the Student Short Video Competition will receive their award at the PSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Westminster. Broadcast on BBC Parliame. This year’s ceremony takes place on December 1 and accommodation is provided for the winning group and their teacher in a central London hotel. Winning students will each be invited to spend a week volunteering with and shadowing the YouGov political team during their school holidays.

CEO of the Political Studies Association, Helena Djurkovic, said: “The Short Video Competition is a great chance for students to explore contemporary political issues in a creative way. This year’s theme on democracy we feel is very apt given the current debates around representation, voting reform and disengagement amongst young people with traditional Westminster politics. Visit www.psa.ac.uk for details.