Week 4 has been another learning-rich and enthusing week with the highlight of pleasant weather for the weekend! Abundant sunlight and heat that reached the 30’s made me feel right at home as I continue to adore everything London has to offer.
As I write this, I am contemplating the thought of concluding Week 3 of the Hansard Scholars’ Programme, and perplexed where all the time seems to be disappearing to? The programme is just flying by and the experience has continued to be both involving and interesting, and so much more. Monday commenced with classes and we were lucky enough to hear from a guest speaker, Lord Norton of Louth, who serves as the Hansard Society’s Director of Studies as well as being a member of the House of Lords in the British Parliament. This session presented us with a deep understanding of Lord Norton’s role and it was a pleasure to learn from his significant political and academic experience. As part of the lecture, Lord Norton discussed elements of the United Kingdom’s Constitution which broadened our knowledge and understanding of this important convention. We also had the opportunity on Monday to partake in a guest lecture delivered by a retired political journalist. This session presented a contrasting view to others we have had in the past, and it was great to draw on the experience of this journalist. It was particularly interesting given how the media plays such a key role in the portrayal of the political environment and election campaigns. It was also fascinating to hear this journalist’s election predictions, as an experienced professional in the field, prior to election day on Thursday.
Week 2 of the Hansard Scholars’ Programme is now done and dusted and what another fantastic week it has been. Whilst it ended on a sad note due to the unfortunate terror attacks in London on Saturday night, it is clear the British are highly resilient people and will continue to live their lives, with extra vigilancy. The Police and Government authorities should be commended for their consistent dedication around the clock to ensure the people of the United Kingdom are kept safe in this difficult time. I was very pleased to see Brisbane City has joined in recognising the victims of this unfortunate attack through the lighting of our iconic Story Bridge.
Well, week 1 of living in London is done and dusted and what a wonderful week it has been! The sun has been shining for the most part which has been fantastic to explore this great city in. It was a pleasure to join with my peers on Saturday 20 May to embark on our 8 week journey together as part of the Hansard Scholars’ Programme, which sees us undertake study with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as well as an internship with a Member of Parliament here in the UK. As a QUT Business student majoring in Public Relations and Management, real world experiences have always been my dream and this experience really is just that and more! Politics has always been an interest of mine which has been heavily influenced by my part time employment as a political staffer whilst I study full time. Where better to experience this passion of mine than none other than London?
Excitement and anticipation are emotions that first come to mind when I think about the experience that awaits me. On 31 January 2017 I was thrilled to receive an email advising me that my application to partake in the Hansard Scholars’ Programme had been approved. This eight week program will see me travel to London during May – July to undertake an internship with a Member of the British Parliament, as well as engage in study delivered through the London School of Economics and Political Science.