Local Flintshire A-level and higher education students have been encouraged to take part in a national short video competition organised by the Political Studies Association by Delyn MP David Hanson.
The annual competition is this year asking A-Level and Higher Education students from across the country to submit short videos on the question: “Europe – in or out?” to help engage young people in politics. 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. This year’s Ceremony in London takes place on 25th November, broadcast on BBC Parliament, and accommodation is provided for the winning group and their teacher in a central London hotel. On top of this, the winning students will each be invited to spend a week volunteering with and shadowing the YouGov political team during their school holidays.
The Political Studies Association (PSA) exists to develop and promote the study of politics. As part of their programme of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the PSA hold an annual short film competition, with previous jurors have included Shami Chakrabarti and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.
Commenting on the competition, David Hanson MP for Delyn said:
“Encouraging young people to become more engaged in politics is crucial as they are the people who will vote, and hopefully get involved in representing our country and our community in the future. So I’d encourage all local A Level and higher education students to take part in this competition and submit their ideas and videos to this really worthwhile competition. Good luck to all Flintshire students taking part.”
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 and to learn or enhance new skills, such as video production and interview style. This year’s theme on Europe we feel is very apt given the current political discourse.
“The prize on offer for the winning students really is very unique. The competition is recognised at our Annual Awards Ceremony and remains very popular with our teacher members’ schools. The quality of entries continue to improve year on year – we’re looking forward to beginning the judging process for 2014.”
Full competition details for 2014 and how to enter are published on the PSA’s website at: www.psa.ac.uk