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Getting the most from Student Politics

| November 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

If you are politically-minded, then university may be the first time you get to properly flex those political muscles.

 

But as a fresher, the wealth and diversity of opportunities offered to you may be overwhelming. Therefore, it is important to understand all the different routes and options available.

 

Politics and Debating Societies

If you have an interest in politics but are not party-aligned, one of the first things you might want to do is join a politics or debating society.

Politics societies regularly put forward motions, in a similar way that the House of Commons would, and your society then debates the motion.

These can be a great way of testing and improving your debating skills within a political environment. Alternatively, if you haven’t made up your mind on an issue, you can use these debates to help shape your opinion.

Politics societies are, as their name would suggest, very political. While there is a social side to these, your main events will centre on debating points with those who you disagree with.

 

Political Organisations

The other main avenue for entering student politics is to join your party’s political organisation. The three main parties have political organisations across almost all campuses, with the other parties only represented in some. Likewise, there are non-partisan organisations that represent certain values or issues.

Political organisations are much more about the social side of politics and bringing like-minded people together. Typical calendar events for political organisations will be pub crawls, dinners and parties, as opposed to debates on international aid or drug legalisation.

There’s nothing stopping you joining both and many will. But if you are already busy and only want to dip your feet into the student political world, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself in for.

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