Nishan Canagarajah, newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Leicester University paid a visit to New College Leicester recently to speak to the student parliament about many issues that concern them. Professor Canagarajah was interviewed on many topics, including filming his responses around the issue of mental health. The student parliament are making a short film concerning well-being and asked the Vice Chancellor how Universities should support people who struggle with mental health issues.
Professor Canagarajah reported “I really enjoyed answering their questions and speaking to them about important topics. Your students are incredibly talented and articulate. They are a credit to your college and I have no doubt that they will go on to do great things. I hope that they see the University of Leicester is a route for them to help fulfil their ambitions.” Professor Canagarajah had a lot to say and gave his honest opinions on a range of other questions relating to University life. He would like to work with New College Leicester again so watch this space. The video we made and other short clips will be coming out soon, we will post updates.
Year 11 student Jack commented “I found what he had to say really interesting, honest and accessible. It was clear that his experiences of leaving his home and starting a new life in the UK from Sri Lanka was difficult for him, he did not even speak English at the time and left Cambridge with a PHD! It shows what you can do when you work hard and put your mind on your study”.
To coincide with a visit from Hope, a life size Lego Suffragette, Student Parliament met with Peter Barrett, great grandson of Leicester Suffragette, Alice Hawkins. They spent time learning about democracy and the struggles of minority groups and women’s suffrage. Peter Barrett tweeted about his visit “ Really enjoyed the school visit today. Great theatre style setting and 300 fantastic pupils who I felt throughout were with me!”.
Parliament member, Thomas said “ My hope is that New College Leicester becomes even more of a place of acceptance for the many diverse people who come here and no-one is judged for who they are”.
Pictured with Mr Barrett is Hope in year 7. Year 11 Thomas stand with Hope!
The student Parliament continue to represent the voices of all New College Leicester students, to this end they have met with Principal, Mrs Brown, on several occasions to raise issues of concern. Mrs Brown is a great supporter of the student parliament and we look forward to working with the leadership team to get your voice heard.