The Young Political Leader Programme

The Young Political Leader Programme

London • Ages 15-18

4th - 5th April 2020
University College, London (UCL)


The Young Political Leader Programme takes students aged 15-18 on an immersive exploration through some of the most coveted careers in global politics. The programme brings high-profile political figures to UCL, including former Government Ministers and MPs, United Nations refugee experts, Foreign Office Diplomats, Lobbyists and Policymakers. They will run a series of interactive simulations to give you a thorough experience of working in a powerful, desirable political role.

The programme takes place over two days – Saturday dedicated to international politics and Sunday to domestic politics. You can choose to attend either one or both days.

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An Immersive Experience of a Career in Politics:

  • Political experts will coach you through a series of live, interactive simulations, including:
  • Acting as a UN Ambassador in a ‘Model UN’ General Assembly meeting
  • Debating with former MPs in a simulated House of Commons debate
  • Representing your constituency in a simulated Parliamentary Question Time, chaired by a former Government Minister
  • Acting as a UK Diplomat advising the head of the Foreign Office on how to further the UK's interests abroad 

      Career Coaching for Future Political Leaders:

      • You will be coached in how to break into the world of politics, with step-by-step guidance on how to launch your career in:
      • The House of Commons
      • The Foreign Office
      • The UN and IMF
      • Policymaking and lobbying

        An Audience With Experienced Figures from the World of Politics:

        • Former Government Ministers and MPs
        • United Nations refugee experts
        • Foreign Office Diplomats
        • Lobbyists and Policymakers
        • An invaluable opportunity to ask questions of people who are difficult to contact otherwise

            Boost Your UCAS Form and CV:

            • Attendance demonstrates key skills such as working under pressure, problem-solving, teamwork, communication skills, and public speaking 
            • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications



                Programme Format:

                The programme takes place at UCL, with group activities in break-out areas and seminar aspects in a lecture hall. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions. A full timetable can be found below.

                Programme Fee:

                £250/student for both days. £135/student for one day. Places are limited. If 2 or more places are booked students receive a 10% discount. Enter code GROUP10 at checkout to benefit from this.


                For a full list of terms and conditions, please click here.

                  Programme Timetable Saturday: International Politics
                  10.30am The World of International Politics - The key players and institutions
                  - The balance of power
                  - Your country's role on the global stage
                  11.00am The Diplomat (Part 1) - The art of diplomacy: how to maintain strong international relations on issues of peace, prosperity, human rights, the environment and more...
                  - Relationship Building: Coaching by a Diplomat on one of the most important skills in modern professional life: persuasion, gaining trust, motivation
                  - How the Foreign Office protects the United Kingdom’s interests abroad
                  11.30am The Diplomat (Part 2) - You will be assigned the role of a UK Diplomat to a country for the next 60 minutes
                  - Advise the Head of the Foreign Office on how we should improve the UK's interests in your assigned country
                  - Assess the merits of your strategy against relationships with other key global allies
                  12.45pm Lunch Break
                  1.30pm The UN Ambassador (Part 1) - Securing international peace, eliminating poverty and protecting human rights
                  - The art of conflict resolution: negotiations, ceasefires and peacekeeping
                  2.00pm The UN Ambassador (Part 2): Enter The UN General Assembly - Model UN simulation
                  - Breaking News! Alarming violations of human rights are taking place in Asia.
                  - You will be assigned the role of UN Ambassador on the General Assembly for the next 60 minutes
                  - A resolution will be put before the Assembly
                  - Debate with other Ambassadors and propose amendments to the resolution
                  - Live General Assembly vote – will the resolution be passed?
                  3.30pm The International Development Expert - Tackling poverty and the causes of poverty
                  - The key players: the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Department For International Development (DFID)
                  - Breaking News! You are managing the Department for International Development’s Aid Spend to reduce the impact of natural disasters across the globe
                  - A series of crises are unfolding internationally. Rush to allocate emergency aid funding in accordance with your wider objectives
                  4.15pm Breaking into International Politics - Your route into International Politics
                  - Careers at the UN, the Civil Service, the IMF and more
                  - A-level, university, and degree choices
                  4.45pm Panel Q&A - Live Q&A with leading professionals from the world of international politics
                  - Key questions answered
                  - Receive valuable advice
                  5.30pm Close

                  *exact programme format subject to change without notice.

                  Programme Timetable Sunday: Domestic Politics
                  10.30am The World of Domestic Politics - The key players
                  - The balance of power
                  - The pressure and expectations
                  10.40am You Become the MP - Represent your constituency in Parliament
                  - Live election: run and vote for the day's 'Speaker of the House' and Secretary of State positions
                  - Coaching on how to excel during Parliamentary Question Time
                  11.15am Parliamentary Question Time - A live simulation of Parliamentary Question Time
                  - Ask the Minister pressing questions on behalf of your constituency
                  - Hold the Government to account
                  - Balance the competing views of your party, your constituency and yourself
                  12.15pm The Public Speaker - Public speaking coaching by a speech writer for Cabinet ministers
                  - Understanding your audience
                  - The perfect delivery
                  - Clarity of message
                  - Using these techniques for the afternoon Parliamentary Debate
                  12.45pm Lunch Break
                  1.45pm Enter The Cabinet - Step into the shoes of a Cabinet Minister in a hung parliament
                  - Battle with the Cabinet to pass a new electoral reform bill through Parliament
                  - Propose amendments to the bill that align with your party's values
                  - Whip votes from across the Cabinet to gain support for your amendment
                  - Vote on amendments to pass the bill
                  3.00pm The Parliamentary Debate - Debate the new Electoral Reform Bill with former MPs in a House of Commons simulation
                  - Explore gripping issues in domestic politics
                  - Participate in a live parliamentary vote
                  4.15pm Breaking into Politics - Your route into politics
                  - Gaining work experience now
                  - A-level, university, and degree choices
                  4.30pm Panel Q&A - Live Q&A with leading political figures
                  - - Key questions answered
                  - Receive valuable advice
                  5.30pm Close

                  *exact programme format subject to change without notice. Please note that included within the day’s programme will be a guided tour of parts of the university campus which is available to all programme attendees.


                  Programme Location

                  University College, London (UCL)
                  The Darwin Building
                  Gower Street
                  WC1E 6BT
                  United Kingdom

                  Click here to see a map

                  This programme is for students aged 15-18 who have the passion and ambition to both learn about this career, and start boosting their UCAS/college applications & CVs. If you are a student who is slightly older or younger than our guidelines, then please do get in touch with us to discuss your specific situation.

                  There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited; we are usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. No prior knowledge or experience is required to join this programme as we build your knowledge from the basics up to more advanced concepts.


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