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The occasion offers an opportunity for Oxford to mark this year’s historic political anniversaries, commemorating both 1625 and 1665 when Parliament met in the University of Oxford’s Divinity School, which is now part of the Bodleian Library. 2015 is also the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta and marks 750 years since the first De Montfort Parliament.
As happened in 1665, MPs will sit in the Divinity School. This time, however, they will have an audience of Oxfordshire Sixth Form students and will take evidence on a current committee inquiry – Science in Emergencies: UK lessons from Ebola.
Dr Elizabeth Frazer, Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University says, ‘Select Committees are part of the way Parliament works, and understanding what they do and how they do it is part of our political education. I’m delighted that we are able to engage with Oxfordshire Sixth Form students at this special event.’