MP Jess Phillips visits Applied Humanities students

14/05/2024 by Newman Staff

MP for Yardley, Jess Phillips, came to Birmingham Newman University on Monday 13th May to talk to undergraduates about her experiences in local and national politics.

Dr. Duncan Frankis, MP Jess Phillips, and second year applied humanities student Chloe Figgett
Dr. Duncan Frankis, MP Jess Phillips, and second year Applied Humanities student Chloe Figgett

This talk was part of a guest lecture series on an Applied Humanities networking module, which has included talks from professionals specialising in education, social work, psychology, marketing, heritage, and the police.

Students listening to MP Jess Phillips

Jess spoke about the importance of humanities subjects, the career paths available to humanities students, as well as discussing issues such as safeguarding women, the importance of political engagement in working class communities, and the impact of cuts to social services in Birmingham.

It was an engaging session that allowed students to speak to an elected official about the most important issues that face a variety of communities within the West Midlands.