Youngsters have their say on Brexit in debating competition

“From now until they finish university we will be in the process of Brexit negotiations so we're trying to equip the students with the knowledge and skills that they need during this time and when they graduate in a different world.”

Dr Junie Tong Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Business Economics

School and college students from across the region have been tackling the issues arising from Britain's decision to leave Europe in a competition hosted by Staffordshire University.

Organised by the Business School, Year 12 and 13 pupils were invited onto campus to get a taste of university life, taking part in workshops on Business Psychology and Consumer Economics followed by a lively discussion about whether leaving the EU was a good decision.

“The Brexit debate is a very hot topic and it will directly affect these students. From now until they finish university we will be in the process of Brexit negotiations so we're trying to equip the students with the knowledge and skills that they need during this time and when they graduate in a different world.” explained Dr Junie Tong Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Business Economics.

“All of these students are looking to come to University. We're offering a new BSc (Hons) Business Economics degree and this event gives them the opportunity to experience what to expect if they come to us to study this programme.”

Teams of pupils argued for and against Brexit, competing for a prize of £300 Amazon vouchers, and were judged by a panel of experts from the Business School.

Jack Pearce, 16, from Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College, commented: “It's been good speaking to the lecturers and hearing their thoughts and opinions.

“Them giving us a taste of their subjects is really helpful. It’s been a good idea of what university level discussion of subjects like economics is like.”

Callum Roberts, 16, from St Joseph’s College, said: “It's great to be given the opportunity to express your views and share them with other people at your level.”

“I think it's given us a really vivid picture of what university life is like and the way in which people come together because it's very different to college or school.”

Umar Khan, 16, from Priestley College, added: “It's good hearing other people's points of view and finding ways to counter them. Performing in front of an audience allows you to develop your skills and builds your confidence."

“It's quite beneficial because university is a step up from college. It's nice to know that I've had a bit of a taste of what university life is like so I'm not thrown in at the deep end in the next two years.”

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