Herstmonceux student to question MPs about science policy

Siobhan questioned MPs about science policy
Siobhan questioned MPs about science policy
  • Science student Siobhan Gardiner travelled to the House of Commons
  • Siobhan, 25, was chosen to represent the Society of Biology
  • She questioned the Science Minister, Shadow Science Minister, and members of the House of Commons

A Herstmonceux science student was due to travel to the House of Commons on Wednesday (March 4) to question MPs and ministers about science policy.

Siobhan Gardiner, 25, who went to Eastbourne College, was chosen to attend Voice of the Future - an event organised by the Society of Biology.

This is a great opportunity for early-career STEM professionals, and I am delighted to have been chosen

Siobhan, a PhD student at Cranfield University, was chosen to represent the Society of Biology.

Her question is: “We have heard that the Home Secretary wants to force international students to go home immediately after graduation.

“Do you agree that we should be looking to keep top STEM talent here in the UK?”

Siobhan said: “This is a great opportunity for early-career STEM professionals, and I am delighted to have been chosen.

“I am keen to hear the panel’s thoughts on the proposed plans of the home secretary to remove international students from the UK after graduation. Surely we want to keep top STEM talent here, especially if we’ve invested in training them.”

Young scientists and engineers will question the Science Minister, the Shadow Science Minister, the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor and Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee about scientific issues that matter to them.