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First ever University All Party Parliamentary Group announced

On Tuesday 19 June, the Friends of the University of Hull All Party Parliamentary Group will be launched at an event held at Speaker’s House in Westminster.

The group, which will be chaired by Diana Johnson MP, was formed by and will consist of MPs of constituencies local to the University, Lords and Members of Parliament who are alumni, honorary graduates or who have an interest in the University.

The launch will be attended by 150 guests with an interest in the University and the wider region. The aim of the group is to help shape the future and inform policy by sharing the University’s knowledge, expertise and research in overlooked, topical, controversial or otherwise overlooked areas including modern slavery, microplastics and health.

Professor Glenn Burgess, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “We’re delighted that the University of Hull will be the first university in the country to be the subject of an All Party Parliamentary Group and I’m sure that it will become an important and influential network that helps to promote the interests of the region.” 

Diana Johnson MP said: “I’m so pleased that we have been able to establish this new group. I’m proud to have the University of Hull in my constituency and to be chairing this group that will champion the region. This is the first group of its kind to be based around a University and I am confident it will deliver positive outcomes for the region.”

The event will also celebrate the establishment of a new PhD Scholarship at the University of Hull that has been named after Wiseman Khuzwayo who was an exiled South African student at the University, graduating in Law in 1981.  A group of students who had supported him then, decided that they wished to raise funds to provide support to refugees and collectively funded the scholarship which they decided to name in Wiseman’s honour. Donors to the fund will also be in attendance at the event.

This effort was led by Mike Craven (BA History, 1980) and Professor Nick Hardwick (BA Hons English Literature, 1979 and Hon DLitt (Hull) 2011) who both act as representatives of the donors. 

The focus of the scholarship is on migration, trafficking and refugees and the first ‘Wiseman Scholar’ Charlotte Russell will speak at the event about her proposed work exploring the risk of human trafficking faced by refugees and particularly vulnerable children.  Fourteen members of Wiseman’s family are planning to travel from South Africa to attend the event including his widow, sister and daughter.

A group will also visit the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University on Monday 18 September.

"We’re delighted that the University of Hull will be the first university in the country to be the subject of an All Party Parliamentary Group and I’m sure that it will become an important and influential network that helps to promote the interests of the region." Professor Glenn Burgess, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull

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