Our Careers & Employability team have won a Campus Champions award in Westminster for their role in supporting this year’s ParliaMentors Programme.
What is ParliaMentors? ParliaMentors is a leadership programme that provides an opportunity for university students of different faiths and non-religious beliefs to collaborate and create real social change while being mentored by MPs.
Speaking about the team’s role in the programme, Aqeelah Malek, Programmes Officer for ParliaMentors, said, “The University of Liverpool’s Careers & Employability team have been instrumental in the success of this year’s programme. In our aims to move away from being less London-centric, we have held two assessment centres in Liverpool with the assistance of the team. This has acted as a base for our northern universities and taken away several barriers for potential candidates.
“We saw a record number of applications for the programme thanks to the support of the Career team, with students from very diverse backgrounds applying.
“The group of five University of Liverpool ParliaMentors students were also supported by a number of staff in the delivery of their project. We are extremely grateful for the continued support of staff and look forward to a sustained relationship.”
Richard Finch, Communications Lead in Careers & Employability, said, “The Parliamentors programme is a unique opportunity for students to be mentored by an MP and work on a project that has a real impact on their local community.
“We’ve been pleased to see how much the first cohort of Liverpool students have gained from the programme, and were thrilled to receive a Campus Champions award at the end of year graduation event at Westminster in June.
“We’re excited to see how the programme will develop when our new cohort of students begin the programme in September, and are looking forward to hearing about the continued success of this year’s group through their involvement in the Parliamentors alumni community.”
Five of our students took part in the ParliaMentors programme this year and were mentored by Labour MP Louise Ellman.
As part of the programme, our students created a social action plan that they developed by consulting with the local community. The group then delivered an event for young people that raised awareness about diversity, equality, individuality and cooperation. Resources were also created for use in schools and with other young adults.
Final year History and Egyptology student Sam Wilkson said, “The programme has provided unique and exciting opportunities that have helped me to develop as an individual, and have helped me to further my career goals and aspirations that will hopefully one day lead me into a political career of my own.”
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