Students get unique insight into Manchester City Council

A group of students stood around two Councillors

Councillors explore budget issues with students at UCEN Manchester

Homelessness, welfare reforms and Brexit were just some of the topics of discussion when Manchester City councillors spoke with students at UCEN Manchester last week.

First and third year students on two courses - BA Hons Public Services and Social Justice, and Criminology - met with Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council and Chair of Governors at The Manchester College, and fellow College governor and Chorlton ward Councillor John Hacking.

The group discussed the way Manchester City Council has adapted its spending to balance the provision and investment of services for local residents. Students raised queries with both councillors during the hour and a half talk, which also explored the differences in approaches between local and national government.

Student Farai Mhlanga said: “It was good to learn about how a council works, how the budget is set and how crucial services are provided. My aim is to become a Social Housing manager and this has really helped me by showing real life examples.”

Angela Tobin, lecturer in Criminology and Social Justice, said: “When councillors can come in and speak to our class about budgets and service delivery, it gives our students a unique insight into life in Manchester. They can see how decision making has taken place and how issues are prioritised.”

Tutor Don Entwistle added:

Events like this show how we are developing a relationship with Manchester City Council, which opens up the potential for work experience placements and increases student employability.

Picture shows (front) Councillor John Hacking and Councillor Sue Murphy with students.

Find out more about Criminology and Social Justice courses available at UCEN Manchester, and of other courses starting in January.