Lancaster in June: it’s the 2015 Young England and Wales Programme

Lancaster in June will again set the scene for this major event in the Young UK and Ireland Programme calendar. Delegates from the public sector, professional bodies and other organisations will gather together for four days of lively discussion, engaging group work and fascinating speakers unfolding their life stories.

Developing communication skills, inspiring confidence and broadening horizons are top of the agenda, as always in this hugely enjoyable event.

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Celebrating 10 years of the Young Ireland Programme

Áine McHugh, Department of Communications,
Energy and Natural Resources – Ireland Young Thinker 2014

The Young Ireland Programme – which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year – is set for September. Following the success for last year’s four-nations event, it will be held in Lancaster concurrently with programmes for UK delegates.

An innovative and rewarding event in store for all!

Registration for Ireland delegates now open.

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First Young Scotland Programme of the year

Selene Jarrett, Janey Crichton and James Gillespie

Janey Crichton of NHS Health Scotland won the main individual award at the first of the year’s three Young Scotland Programmes, at Troon in March. She was praised for her challenging and thought-provoking paper on the treatment of drug addicts. Selene Jarrett of Roslin Institute was runner-up for her paper on reproductive biology, while James Gillespie of Forth Ports was highly commended for his paper on discard fishing.

Sophie Ewen (below) of Aberdeen Asset Management won a special award for best ‘On the Spot’, a two-minute presentation delivered without notes. The standard of the group work at Troon won high praise from the adjudicators for its polish and creativity. The winning group consisted of Rowan Gray of Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture; Ryan Jenkins of Glasgow Kelvin College; Jane Money Boyd of the University of St Andrews; and Alison Raeburn of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (below).

Brent Council is the Young Local Authority
of the Year 2015

Brent Council, represented by Kaya Chatterji and Susanna Tamimi, won the tenth annual Local Authority of the Year competition at Lancaster for ‘an intellectually mature, stylish paper presenting a logical, exceptionally well-argued case for lowering the voting age to 16′.

Kaya is part of the National Graduate Development Programme at Brent, where she currently works in HR.  Originally from Scotland, she has lived in London since graduating four years ago. Susanna is the apprenticeship lead in the employment and enterprise team at Brent. Originally from Italy, she spent five years working and volunteering with a variety of organisations in England, Syria, Palestine, Libya, and Italy before joining the council.

Wigan Council was named runner-up Young Local Authority of the Year. Its team 1, Bob Allen and Claire Whittle, presented an ‘in-depth examination of the problems we have now, and will have in the future, because most Brits don’t learn to speak a foreign language’. The adjudicators highly praised their delightful team-work and word-perfect delivery.

Bob, who was born and raised in Wigan, joined the council as a graduate trainee after graduation from Lancaster University last year. Claire is a project officer in the council’s human resources department.

Oxford City Council (Helen Burkhalter and Luke Nipen) was highly commended and Cheshire West and Chester Council (Rob Butler and Bethan Meredith) won a commendation.

Twenty-eight teams from all over Britain took part in the prestigious competition.

Runner-up: Wigan Council; Highly Commended: Oxford City Council; Commended: Cheshire West and Chester Council