Owen Paterson Visits NSC

Owen Paterson Visits NSC

MP for Shropshire North, Owen Paterson (left), and NSC lecturer, Rupert Boyle (right)

North Shropshire’s Member of Parliament, Owen Paterson, visited North Shropshire College’s (NSC) Oswestry Campus recently. Mr. Paterson took part in a question and answer session with 100 students from Sociology, English, Maths, History, Science and Uniformed Public Services. Owen gave a brief talk about his job as an MP, his job before entering politics and his roles as Northern Ireland Secretary and DEFRA Secretary in the Cabinet. He now serves as a backbencher in the House of Commons, after leaving the cabinet in 2014.

Owen answered questions from students about the bombing campaign in Syria, the EU, his UK 2020 Group and local businesses. Owen also talked about local agriculture and his experiences in Northern Ireland whilst as Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary and Northern Ireland Secretary and in DEFRA, and the current flooding in the North of England and Scotland.

Rupert Boyle, Head of Physical and Forensic Science at NSC, who invited Owen to the College, commented ‘The students were fantastic and asked some excellent questions on topics ranging from flood defences and Europe to education and Syria. The questions were thoughtful and well asked and the group were interested to hear Owen’s answers and explanations, including why he had voted against lowering the voting age for the upcoming referendum on Europe. Owen was taken aback by how many students were juggling full-time education and a part-time job.’

For more information about qualifications at NSC or to apply, please visit the College website at www.nsc.ac.uk. You can also contact the College Admissions Team on 01691 688080, or email admissions@nsc.ac.uk.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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