A clutch of awards at Exeter College’s MUN

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A clutch of awards at Exeter College’s MUN

An interview with a delegate

Fifteen pupils from Exeter School attended the Exeter College Model United Nations Conference on Saturday 22 September with 11 pupils returning home with an award.

Well done to the following pupils: Finlay Scott (Best Delegate, Commended Delegation), Daniel Wilcock (Distinguished Delegate), Eddie Mayall (Commended Delegate, Distinguished Delegation), Oliver Irons (Best Delegate, Commended Delegation), Yasmin Western (Best Delegate, Distinguished Delegation), Patrick Gilbert (Best Delegate, Distinguished Delegation), Georgia Ling (Commended Delegate, Distinguished Delegation and MUN Debut!), Cosmo Coish (Commended Delegation), Oscar Lovell (Commended Delegation and MUN Debut!), Charlie Kerr (Commended Delegation) and Huw Bagwell (Commended Delegation).

Upper Sixth Former Daniel Wilcock represented Nazi Germany in the Historical Security Council. This is a specialist MUN committee in with pupils step back in time and try to alter the course of history, hopefully for the better. They were debating the Spanish Civil War which was of particularly relevant to Daniel’s A Level studies. Daniel tells us about his day below:

Tell us about what you were doing at the conference last weekend?

Unlike normal MUN, I participated in the Historical Security Council, where instead of current countries, we saw former countries like the Soviet Union and Imperial Japan being represented. This meant were working with the League of Nations instead of the United Nations. This committee offered the topic of the Spanish Civil War, something I had never debated before.

Most of the day was spent in committee debating a simulation of the civil war, but instead of debating the actual timeline, the committee was played out as to how we wanted it to run. In other words, if I, as the delegate for Nazi Germany wanted to send air attacks over Madrid, send in food supplies to the rebel government-in-exile or deport sectors of society, such as Communists, I was able to so!

What was it like representing Nazi Germany?

It was something that I had never done before. Being Germany under the dictatorial regime, I was able to use the military in a way that the modern state wouldn’t dare do! Like the Nazi regime, I submitted directives to the chairs to fight campaigns, such as one in the north, where we used excessive force against the Basques, a group of people not favoured by Franco as they opposed his centralised style of government.

How did discussing the Spanish Civil war help you with your studies and UCAS?

The opportunity to reinforce my knowledge of the civil war that we have covered in my Spanish lessons, has been useful as it made me think about the war in a different light to what occurred in the real history.

I was able to show in my UCAS personal statement that I have extracurricular enjoyment for Spanish. This is what universities look for: academic activities that show interest in the subject that go beyond the syllabus. I hope to to read Modern Languages at university next year, so this was really useful.

Can you win anything at MUN?

I was lucky enough to be awarded the Distinguished Delegate award for my committee, so in effect, yes. Awards can be given by chairs to recognise efforts in MUN committees that take in to account the times that someone speaks, their effectiveness of their points and knowledge of the topics in question and the current affairs of their country, but this is not something you do in order to get awards: you do it in order to gain a better understanding of global issues.

Model United Nations Conferences give pupils the opportunity to practise debating and public speaking in a friendly and fun environment. The range of topics discussed at conferences ensures there is something to interest everyone.

At Exeter School, MUN is open to anyone in L5 and above and the next conference will be our own on Sunday 18 November. If you would to sign up for our conference you can do so via the intranet.

For more details see Mrs McCluskey.