Alan encourages students to enter video competition on designing a democratic system

Sir Alan Duncan MP is encouraging all local A-level students in Rutland & Melton to take part in the Political Studies Association’s Student Short Video Competition.

The Political Studies Association (PSA) exists to develop and promote the study of politics. As part of their programme of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the Association runs an annual short film competition open to students who will be studying during the academic year 2015-16.

This year’s competition asks students to explore the question: "Designing for Democracy - what would you propose?” Groups of A-level students are invited to submit short videos on this subject, outlining what they would suggest if they could design a democratic system from scratch.

Shortlisted groups will be invited to The Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster to discuss the ideas raised in their video with a panel of politicians, journalists and academics. Previous jurors have included Shami Chakrabarti, Victoria Derbyshire and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

The winners of the Student Short Video Competition will receive their award at the PSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Westminster. Broadcast on BBC Parliament, this year’s ceremony takes place on 1st December in London and accommodation is provided for the winning group and their teacher in a central London hotel.On top of this, the winning students will each be invited to spend a week volunteering with and shadowing the YouGov political team during their school holidays.

Alan said: ‘Encouraging young people to become more engaged in politics is really important and so I encourage all local A-level students to take part in this competition and submit their ideas and videos.’