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That was the Year that Was – the challenges of Covid 19 in 2020 and beyond… 

Jonathan Callund, President of the ESU's International Council, shares his Commonwealth Day message

International Women's day - what do you wish for?

To celebrate International Women's Day on Monday 8th March, we asked five of our young alumna to share their hopes for the future in one-minute videos

‘I came back much more independent and confident in myself’

In 1955, Sheila Fowler-Watt (née Beynon) was the first girl to go on an ESU Secondary School Exchange to America. Since then, hundreds have followed in her footsteps, including her daughter, Susie, in 1986. Natasha Goodfellow hears their story

‘The overwhelming experience of our SSE students has been the warmth of welcome by their American contemporaries’

Adrian Underwood, retiring Chair of the SSE selection panel, reflects on his 45 years’ involvement with the scheme

‘I am so grateful to have experienced life overseas’

SSE alumnus Rob Black tells us about one of the best years of his left, spent at Ridley College in St. Catharines, Canada

A World Beneath the Sands – An Egyptologist’s Tale

Join Lincolnshire branch at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 16 February on Zoom for an evening with distinguished Egyptologist Professor Toby Wilkinson and leading Arabist John Raine CMG OBE

‘Thanks to the SSE, I now feel more set for life’

Emma Robinson reflects on an unforgettable experience, and the difference her grant made


Find out who won the 48th English-Speaking Union – Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition

’It’s great to see young people blossom’

New member Stephen Gray tells us why he was keen to become the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Coordinator for Bedfordshire

East Region Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition - the winners!

Forty-eight students took part - read on to find out who won

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