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Student think tank launches at King's

Posted on 10/03/2011
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London's first student-led policy institute

The King’s College London Think Tank is the first student-led policy institute in London.

The members of the society aim to tackle a wide variety of current issues within public policy. The society encourages students from every department to join, gaining a diverse range of insightful perspectives and for students to practically apply concepts learnt from their individual degrees.

At the launch event on 1 February, the President of KCL Think Tank, Ben Counsell, said: ‘Considering that King’s College London is one of the top research universities in the world, this society has a natural home here. While there is the Roosevelt Institution in the United States, which includes 70 different universities including Harvard, Princeton and Yale, we have the Warwick Think Tank and the Sheffield Think Tank in the UK and that’s pretty much it. With our new society being based in London, such an international city, we thought we could really reach out to policymakers in London, but also in Europe.

‘A certain political activism has been reawakened within the student community this past year, with the recent student protests about university fees. It has shown that students really do care about politics and care about making a change. We want to advocate policy-making decisions on behalf of the whole student body.

‘This society is radically different from anything else ever offered at King’s, or London as a whole. Through this society, we will provide a forum for informed, creative discussion channelled towards a policy recommendation.

‘Through this unique society, we intend to raise the profile of academia in public policy circles and, consequently, raise the profile of King’s among institutes and decision-makers through our talks and publications. We are dedicated to making it something that both students and the university as a whole can be proud of.’

Members of the KCL Think Tank are offered the chance to air their opinions – as select articles will be published in a student-run annual journal, The Spectrum – and can attend lectures given by noted guest speakers.

The society is working in collaboration with one of the country’s most prestigious think tanks, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). It will offer advice and opportunities within their company, such as work experience or internships, and the possibility for members’ articles to be published in the distinguished IPPR journal.

If you want to get involved with the Society, please visit the KCL Think Tank website or the Facebook page.

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