ParliaMentors

Jaspreet SinghYou could have the chance to get mentoring from a local MP by taking part in the UN Award winning leadership ParliaMentors programme.

You will enhance your CV and develop networks and skills you need to affect real change in your community, your career and in the political arena.

Our third year Business and Human Resource Management student Jaspreet Singh spoke at the House of Lords as part of this project, contributing to a debate on the subject of 'How to increase diversity in Parliament'.

Jaspreet explains: "I got involved in ParliaMentors programme after seeing an advert on the Students' Union website. After submitting a successful application I secured a position on the programme, along with four other students from the University."

Representatives from schools and organisations including British Humanist Association, Girl Guiding and Three Faiths Forum attended the House of Lords event, which took place in early December.

Jaspreet argued to improve the current process for engaging with diverse communities: "I said that the political parties play an important role in engaging with communities that actually need to be represented. The most cost efficient and time efficient way of increasing the diversity in the parliament is through engagement."

Jaspreet enjoyed visiting the House of Lords: "It was a great experience, especially being an international student. I have never been to the assembly house of my state in my country but it was a great blessing to visit and enhance my intercultural and international outlook.

Jaspreet hopes that being involved in ParliaMentors will be of benefit in the future: "I want to work in Human Resource Management sector and have very big dreams. I want to start a world level campaign which will aim at uniting the differences within the various communities and bring all people on the same grounds to respect each other’s cultures, religions and views.

"Hopefully if I get indefinite leave to stay in the UK I will be running for MP or councillor in the coming 10 years."

Find out more about ParliaMentors.

Watch Jaspreet's section of the debate, at 16.24 minutes