Tessa Jowell Interview

Podium reporter Stuart Appleby interviews Shadow Minister for the Olympics and London Tessa Jowell. The Labour politician discusses the importance of higher education, opportunities for students to get involved in the London 2012 Games, youth unemployment and the current issues surrounding work experience.

Shadow Olympics Minister praises the role of Further and Higher Education in the lead up to London 2012 (27th February 2012)

Tessa Jowell is a Member of Parliament for Dulwich and West Norwood and Shadow Minister for the Olympics and London.

Jowell has a long association with higher education, having studied at the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh and Goldsmiths College, University of London.

After completing her studies, she became a social worker and then administrator of the mental health charity Mind, before embarking on a career in politics. She stood unsuccessfully as a Labour Party candidate in 1978, but was later elected at the 1992 General Election.

Jowell played a key role in helping to bring the Games to London as Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, before assuming the role of Minister for the Olympics following Great Britain’s successful bid in Singapore in 2005. Today, with Labour in opposition, Jowell still holds her Olympics portfolio.

Jowell has and continues to support the work of Podium, and in 2008, she was amongst the speakers at Podium’s First Annual Conference. More recently, she praised the role of both further and higher education sectors in helping to create a legacy for the 2012 Games.

“I visit a lot of colleges and universities and see the great work they are doing. There is a huge enthusiasm amongst students and there are lots of opportunities for people to get involved. We are going to see Great Britain explode with excitement, anticipation and pride about what is about to happen. You do not want to be left out of that.

“There should not be a young person in the country who does not feel that this is a festival for them. I hope campuses across Great Britain will bring groups of students together and they just go for it and get involved with Games related activity,” she said.

The Shadow Olympics Minister also reminded students and young people that there is still plenty of time to apply and get involved at the Games, in whatever capacity that might be.

She added: “I hope that those young people who have not thought about it yet are going to get engaged. You do not want to get to June and realise it is too late to get involved, so you have got the time now. A lot of what is going to happen during the Games is going to come from the impulse and intiative of campuses, student organisations and communities right across Great Britain.”

You can watch the full video interview with Tessa Jowell below, where she also discusses youth unemployment and the current issues surrounding work experience. She was talking to Podium reporter Stuart Appleby.


Podium’s Stuart Appleby interviews the Liberal Democrat’s London 2012 mayoral candidate Brian Paddick. The former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police Service discusses tuition fees, higher education, the London 2012 Games and youth unemployment.

Brian Paddick is the Liberal Democrat’s London 2012 mayoral candidate.

Paddick is running for the second time to become Mayor of London. He finished third in the 2008 mayoral election behind Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone.

Before moving into politics, Paddick was formerly Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the London Metropolitan Police Service, until his retirement in May 2007.

Having studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Queen’s College in Oxford, taken a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Warwick on police scholarships and also studied for a postgraduate Diploma in Policing and Applied Criminology at Fitzwilliam College, Paddick underlined the importance of further and higher education.

“I was lucky enough to be sponsored through university by the police and it was one of the most life changing experiences that I have ever had. I know people are very worried about how much it is going to cost now but, I would still encourage those people who have a real passion for doing something to go.”

He added: “University is not for everybody. Other people, like me, went straight from school into work. Fortunately, I was also given the opportunity to go to university at a later stage. It is not the only option but, it is absolutely essential that we have top quality universities.”

Paddick also praised the work of Podium and others for helping to give people in further and higher education the opportunity to work at the Games.

“There is no point in saying that we could have spent billions of pounds on better things, we are where we are. We have got to make the most of the opportunity that we have.

“There are a wealth of opportunities for people to volunteer at the Games, take part in the opening and closing ceremonies, welcome people to the Olympic Park and guide them across London. These are excellent opportunities, and although many are temporary and unpaid, it is useful job experience and something that you can put on your curriculum vitae.”

You can watch the full video interview with Brian Paddick below, where he also discusses tuition fees and the London riots in August 2011. He was talking to Podium’s Stuart Appleby:

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