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Journalism students quiz MP

Journalism students were given the chance to put their skills to the test when they met with MP David Miliband.

The students, from Milton Keynes College’s University Centre, joined the MP when he paid a visit to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in Bletchley in April.

The exercise was organised by University Centre Milton Keynes (UCMK) director Kate Stephens as part of the students’ learning programme.

She said: “It was a terrific opportunity for our students. They had a challenging role providing coverage for a number of clients but they completed the task brilliantly and were excellent ambassadors for UCMK and the college.”

One of the students taking part, Elena Georgieva, said the opportunity had been invaluable, adding: “It has been a wonderful opportunity. I am very happy that I had the chance to meet the former Foreign Secretary Mr David Miliband.

“It was an exciting opportunity which wouldn’t have been available without the support of our university, UCMK.”

The journalism students followed Mr Miliband during his visit and then took part in a question and answer session where they quizzed the MP on a variety of subjects ranging from the war in Afghanistan to rail travel.

Mr Miliband said during his visit: “I wanted to renew my interest in how we help gifted kids, especially those from backgrounds where they are not going to get the opportunity that they deserve.  Too often forgotten in the education system is the hidden talent.

“I know from my own education that sometimes it’s a teacher, sometimes it is the sports’ master, sometimes it is an extra curriculum activity that could bring out something special in youngsters, but too often in Britain our youngsters don’t get the chance to show what they are capable of.”


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