I have previously blogged about this year constituting the 25th anniversary of the Hull University parliamentary placement scheme. Last night, we held a reception in the River Room of the House of Lords to celebrate the anniversary. There was a magnificent turnout, graduates packing the room. Several of those mentioned in my earlier post were present for the occasion.
The picture shows me introducing the Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza (stood on the right). She was followed by Baroness Bottomley, the University’s Chancellor. I concluded by reflecting on how the programme has changed over the past quarter century, becoming more extensive, not only in numbers but also in terms of programmes (BPLS, WHIP and LLS) and being characterised by what I termed the three i’s – induction, integration and investment.
It was an excellent evening, but it was not the only event we shall be arranging to mark the anniversary. We shall be holding a reception in the New Year in Hull. This will not only be for existing students on the placement programmes, but also for those graduates who would like to return to Hull, not least to see how the city and the campus have changed. We shall be announcing more details shortly.