Interested in Model UN? Come check us out!
Bath University Model United Nations is a society for students who are passionate about world affairs, international peace or diplomacy and who would like to further develop their communication, cooperation, negotiation and interpersonal skills while making friends.
BUMUN is for students who often happened to wish to be on the other side of screens, beyond the sensational headlines they can read online, the dramatic crisis they get to watch on TV or the books they read. In sum, BUMUN is for people who want to have an impact in the future or simply for students who would like to discover something new (MUNs) while meeting new people!
What is Model UN?
Model of UN is a simulation of what truly happens in the diplomatic world, inviting students to reproduce the debates occurring between world representatives at the United Nations. How? You take on the role of a diplomat (maybe an ambassador, CEO, or even a president!) and discuss the most pressing issues faced by the UN in a mock UN setting and manner. This is an excellent way to to develop certain skills and to challenge yourself!
Model UN is perhaps one of the most prestigious, demanding, exciting and helpful extra-curricular activities. It gives individuals the opportunity to enhance their current skillset and even learn new ones. This year, we hope to work on helping our members develop the following key skills:
Public Speaking – an art that if mastered can help you stand out in any room you walk into. This is something that would help you standout in presentations, interviews and even discussions among friends. If done right, this skill helps you develop traits such as charisma and can allow you to have a real impact in the future.
- Teamwork – coordinating and helping our team members to do better can help you form bonds that are likely to last forever. We do hope that our members can count on BUMUN as a group of friends who would be present in for all kinds of help and support beyond weekly sessions. It remains crucial to consider each other as more than members simply present to add something on their CV and help each other. We all come from different places and have experienced a particular journey to be here, this is an incredible opportunity to learn and share funny anecdotes from other cultures.
Critical thinking – solving world issues requires us to develop analytical skills. BUMUN is not only about representing the stance of your allocation, but rather digging beneath the surface and researching about world issues and develop a comprehensive understanding of them.
- Diplomacy– facing someone else’s world view is more challenging than one could think. It can totally outrage, surprise or amaze you, questioning your very own values and demanding you to subtly tackle one’s arguments. It requires emotional intelligence, empathy and diplomacy, three interpersonal skills which are essential and that you can develop! Such skills would make BUMUN members trustworthy, inspirational and fun individuals to work with.
What do we do outside weekly debate sessions?
From socials, volunteering and outreach projects, to chill game nights and pub crawls, BUMUN proposes a wide range of events to learn about the diplomatic world, meet new people and challenge yourself.
EVENTS TO TAKE ACTION:
Most UN delegates do not only attend summits and meetings, they also contribute concretely to the development of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), set in 2015 and aimed to be achieved in 2030. As we are a UN program, it remains paramount to represent its values and reach its objectives locally in Bath!
EVENTS TO LEARN AND SHARE
Diplomats, counsellors and politicians will share their experience to students through conferences. This will help all of us to have a better understanding of who we represent during MUNs and capture certain challenges they have to tackle.
Monthly cafés-debates on a specific issue: students will not only learn about a certain topic they will have voted for on social media but also enjoy a drink with some new friends/delegates!
BUMUN is a society that allows you to ameliorate your professional skills, to bond with new people who share your interests while acting toward positive change.
BUMUN is inclusive, welcoming people regardless of their experience with the diplomatic world, their confidence in public speaking or their knowledge in world affairs.
Joining us is an incredible way to develop excellent communication skills, advanced negotiation skills, good team-work skills, as well as confidence in public speaking. These competences and your awareness of international issues are sought by future employers as they want to hire people who are able to communicate, negotiate well and to be constructive team members.
Aside from professional development, BUMUN is a great way to meet new people and make friends! Socials and other monthly events are a great opportunity to bond with them. The conferences BUMUN members attend throughout the year* are a good (cost-effective) way to travel and see various places in England, as well as abroad!
Come and Meet Us
Come to our weekly sessions!
Due to the pandemic, BUMUN is aware that certain students might not be able to attend our in-person events, so we will also be hosting online sessions.
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