Steve Brine, Conservative MP for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford and Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee, visited Liverpool Hope University as part of a guest lecture series which aims to inspire the next generation of political and international relations' practitioners.
A Liverpool Hope alumnus and former President of the Students’ Union, Brine returned to his alma mater to take part in the Professionals in Politics and International Relations programme of talks on Thursday 30 November.
Organised by the Politics and International Relations MA in conjunction with Student Futures and with the support of the History, Politics and International Relations Society, the lecture series is designed give students access to the knowledge and expertise which will help them as they look to forge a career in the industry.
Brine, who was first elected to represent Winchester in 2010, discussed his journey to becoming an MP and the role he plays in the political sector in the UK, providing an insight into his responsibilities, the work he does and how to make the most of transferable skills for those considering a career in politics.
The 49-year-old also met University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Claire Ozanne, staff from the Schools of School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Health and Sport Sciences, respectively and current Students’ Union President, Neve Rosser.
“This was a great opportunity for students to think about their own professional journey from those working in our field,” said Dr Catalina Montoya Londono, Associate Professor in International Relations.
Chris Biggs, the University’s Head of Student Development and Employability added: “It is important for students to hear from professionals working in sectors that are relevant to their subjects. We aim to encourage students to learn more, be curious and explore all potential career options.
“The Professionals in Politics series allows students to hear from a diverse range of people and professions who have had different career journeys. This helps provide some realism about the labour market and also inspires and informs their own career choices and pathways.”
George Couch, President of the Politics, History & International Relations Society, said: "It is so important to me and my society that what we as students learn, practice and have passion for is tangible for us.
“That these positions and opportunities are not beyond our reach, that's what this great opportunity proves to our students, that students from Hope have a lot to offer and these talks help show us how to get there.”