An experience 'like no other' at the G7 Summit

Image of Adam Coles at G7 SummitBA Sociology graduate Adam Coles had an experience ‘like no other’ last week when he spent the week working as a policy analyst at the G7 Summit in Italy.

Adam, currently studying the MA Social Research at the University of Sheffield, headed to the 43rd meeting of the G7 in Taormina, Sicily, along with six fellow students where they worked in the international media centre as policy analysts for the Global Policy Journal, following developments at this first time G7 summit for British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The trip took place as part of the University of Sheffield's Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences scheme.

“It’s an opportunity like no other, both in terms of the experience itself and the skills that you get to develop while you’re on the trip,” said Adam.

“I learned a lot about the G7 itself, having never formally studied Politics before the trip. I also got the opportunity to write a policy brief and a couple of blog posts, which were published on an academic website, as well improve my networking skills.

“Trying to attend everything I wanted to while I was there was the biggest challenge. I wanted to go to either Theresa May or Donald Trump's press conference, but May's was on the Friday evening with specially selected journalists only, and Trump's was 35 miles away at a US military base, so that put a stop to that! I still had a lot to see though; the presentations given by NGOs on African aid and migration were particularly good.”

Adam offered some advice to any students who may be interested in applying to attend a similar event as part of the GLOSS scheme in future. He said: “Keep up-to-date with global politics and look into the history of whichever summit you'd like to attend, as that will stand you in good stead when it comes to applying. If you can narrow this down to a specific policy area that you're really interested in, even better.”

About GLOSS

Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS) aims to promote student engagement in global learning. The scheme provides students with unique opportunities to understand their courses in an international context, actively engage with international policy makers, stakeholders and partners, and be involved in international research undertaken within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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