During the Symposium, students were encouraged to choose between two live lessons each day. These lessons were complimented by online resource material that ranged from articles and videos to deep-dive research. All of the lessons were taught by Daniel Emmerson, Director of Global Education at Felsted School, and Kirsty Fraser, who is the Summer School Academic Manager at Felsted. The focus of Daniel’s lessons was geared towards Political and Social Science, with a grounding in International Relations theory, while Kirsty spent time focussing on language and the presentation of arguments within subjects of a global nature.
The students who took part in the Symposium proved to be highly motivated, determined to learn and eager to make a difference. Whether they were exploring issues of homophobia and anti-feminism, to considering their approach to debate language, our students remained respectful of each other and open to discussing different viewpoints. They spent time working through complex discussions in the online Symposium forum, contributing to break out group sessions and presenting their findings to classes with a considerable number of participants.
Following each lesson, our students were able to engage with industry professionals who gave keynote speeches on their own areas of expertise. The keynotes ranged from Sally Little, Director of ING Bank’s Fund Finance Team, to Thomas Sparrow-Botero, an international journalist currently reporting for Deutsche Welle. Students were able to learn a great deal about how global competencies might be used to develop their own careers in a range of different industries. They also learned about how one might go about approaching large organisations such as The United Nations, when Neil Wilcock and Billy Batware gave their presentation live from the UN HQ in Vienna.