Cambridge Uni International MUN
On Friday 22 September, eleven Deps and Grecians raced away from the St Matthew’s Day festivities in London to take part in their latest MUN conference – the Cambridge University International Model United Nations for High Schools (CUIMUN-HS). While others were enjoying a restful leave weekend, they spent the next three days in heated, high-level debate with fellow students from across the world. Discussing issues such as the regulation of biotech weapons and the role of women in global peace-making, they devised thoughtful proposals, lobbied others to support them, and made numerous passionate speeches to their various committees. The undergraduate organisers – including Old Blue Andrew McLeod – were enormously impressed with their contributions.
The trip provided a useful and enjoyable taster of university life. The group stayed in authentic student accommodation, attended Formal Hall in Magdalene College, and had a chance to explore Cambridge on Saturday evening. But they also worked hard and were amply rewarded for their energy, enthusiasm and graft. At the closing ceremony, held in the prestigious Cambridge Union debating chamber, five were recognised with prizes: Edith (representing Russia) and Emily (Zimbabwe) were the Most Improved delegates in their respective committees; and Evie (China), Mariam (Germany) and Hoyeon (Mexico) were all Highly Commended. But this was a real team effort and all involved should be very proud of themselves.