Dates: 2nd-4th March
Number of Delegates: 60
Number of Committees: 5
Cost: Delegate Pack: £25, Social Pack (Optional): £25
Having started off as two separate conferences, KentMUN for University level students and CanterburyMUN for High School students, this recently became a collaboration which catered to a wide variety of students. Despite some logistical hishaps and severe issues from the Beast From the East, the conference was praised for its relaxed atmosphere and the way that it catered not only to different experience levels, but also vastly different age groups.
The Committees were clearly split into two sections, those which were brought from the High school conference, consisting of the Human Rights Council, the Economic and Social Council and the Security Council, and those that were brought from the University Level Conference, including the Crisis and the Human Rights Council.
The three high school Committees were all targeted at beginners with many being first time delegates, especially to the university style. Despite this, the high standard of debate was remarked upon with the chairing drawing many first time delegates into the debate and allowing them to flourish. The growing confidence of the delegates as well was particularly noted, with this being across the age range and played an indicative role in the atmosphere of the conference.
For the university level delegates, the Human Rights Committee started off to a slow start, with only six delegates turning up, however with the inclusion of some of the more advanced high school delegates, the committee quickly progressed smoothly. The Crisis Committee was based on the Aztecs in 1519, which, despite having the Beast from the East significantly deplete the numbers of staff running the event, provided an enjoyable weekend for delegates which catered to all, whether new or experienced in crisis.
The study guides were noted to be to a higher standard than delegates were expecting, despite them only being received in the week leading up to the conference.
The Opening Ceremony was held within the grand venue of Canterbury Cathedral, providing elements of splendour to the proceedings. Given the nature of the two conferences merging, time was given to the previous Secretary General of the University Level Conference in her capacity as the Secretary of UNA-UK Canterbury, which was seen as a nice touch. The other speaker was Dr. Carl Wright, who provided a very thought provoking speech, appreciated by many delegates. This was followed by lunch for the delegates, which was greatly appreciated by the delegates considering the cold weather and how far some had had to travel.
The closing ceremony was held within a lecture theatre, with chairs being given ample time to speak. There was also a speech provided from the advisor to Middle East MUN, where many of the high school side’s delegates originated from.
CanterburyMUN’s social packs consisted of three socials, with the friday night being open to all delegates at the conference. This consisted of a meal at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, providing a night of splendor with the backdrop of Canterbury Cathedral, even if this did mean that there were some slight issues with finding the location itself. The buffet was seen as a noticeable let down, with delegates feeling that the food and drink were not worth what they paid. The whole venue, clearly intended to cater to numbers pre Beast of the East, started to feel quite empty with the departure of the High School delegates at 9pm, meaning many elected to relocate to the local pub instead.
For the saturday, there were two socials on offer for the high school and university level delegates. For the High school delegates there was a disco which the delegates thoroughly enjoyed, whereas the University level delegates were treated to an American style house party, which may have accounted for the lack of delegates the next morning who turned up on time. The Secretariat and committee should be especially noted for their efforts in getting delegates home, which was greatly appreciated.
Venues, Communications and Logistics
Held within various buildings of the university, the changing rooms everyday seemed to somewhat confuse the delegates who often arrived up to an hour late, or were found stumbling round the campus before being rescued by Secretariat members. Other issues arose when the advised restaurant for some committees did not serve food on a saturday, but members of the university found alternatives for their committee for the sunday.
Delegates highlighted that communication before the conference was noticeably lacking, with some only receiving committee allocations a few days before the conference, and chairs and head delegates noting that they would not receive communication for up to months at a time, leading to confused delegates. While this improved within the last couple of weeks leading up to the conference, it was noted that most of the information head delegates received were through unofficial channels.
Right of Reply
“We are grateful for this review from Decorum Delegates. This feedback and minutes from committee meetings discussing it will all be passed on to future Secretariats. We are glad to have received feedback on areas which need improvement for next time. We hope that delegates overall felt they had an enjoyable weekend in an historic city.”