Clubs & Societies | Posted 05.06.2017

Summer Term with the Politics Society

As the General Election campaign has unfolded elsewhere in the UK, the Stonyhurst Politics Society has been busy as ever.  This is political discourse of a different kind, tailored primarily to supporting those on the A-level course, but also providing an excellent forum for learning and discussion open to all our pupils.

The speakers in the first half of the Summer Term have included:

  • Dr Mike Simpson of Bradford University, who gave an interesting and wide-ranging account of voting behaviour in the United States, an illuminating presentation which was thoroughly enjoyed by a large audience;


  • Dr Rob Busby of Liverpool Hope University, who provided a comprehensive overview of American political parties, which was followed by a lively question and answer session.

In conjunction with the PAST and Senior Essay Societies, there was also a brilliant analysis of the problems facing Britain’s prisons by Mr Brendan Friel (OS), who gave a powerful and thought-provoking presentation illustrating the crisis facing the current prison population.  He examined a variety of issues in a methodical and structured way, and his knowledge and expertise in this particular field are second to none.  Having left Stonyhurst to study Law at Liverpool University, he embarked on a career in the Prison Service, eventually becoming Governor of Strangeways Prison and the notorious Risely Prison near Warrington.  His talk was hard-hitting, full of real-life anecdotes and fascinating portraits of prison characters.

We are extremely grateful to all our visiting speakers for generously giving of their time to support the Politics Society at Stonyhurst.