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Student Think Tank re-launched for new academic year

KCL Think Tank, the first independent and fully student-led policy institute, held a launch event on Tuesday 2 October. Including a panel of reputable guest speakers, the event consisted of an introduction to the Think Tank, a programme of events for the coming year, and an outline of the policy areas in which it operates. The event also launched the second of edition of its journal The Spectrum, the first ever print publication consisting exclusively of student-written policy recommendations.

KCL Think Tank was established in 2010, following the student riots, as a platform for students to contribute to policy debate in a constructive manner. As a student society, it organises debates throughout the year, providing a forum for informed discussion and visits from high calibre journalists, MPs and academics, and now has over 1,500 members on board.

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The event last week re-launched the KCL Think Tank for the new academic year, at which the new edition of the society’s journal The Spectrum was also released. This edition is the second of the Think Tank’s annual journals and includes policy recommendations on topics such as defence, diplomacy, current affairs and the environment – all written exclusively by students. The society hopes issue two will follow the success of its predecessor, which was downloaded by 2,260 readers.

Sebastiaan Debrouwere, President of the KCL Think Tank, said: ‘In a changing world, the policy process will inevitably have to change. Students offer the creativity and innovation that are needed to address the challenges of the 21st century. Their recommendations should and will encourage new forms of thinking that yield new solutions.’

For more information visit the KCL Think Tank webpages

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