Students enjoyed a Come Dine With Me experience which involved discussing issues affecting society over food.

They were joined by students from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne and the event was organised by the University of Derby and the Economic Social Research Council.

The aim was to get Sociology students talking about social issues over dinner and two events were held, one at Saint Benedict and one at QEGs.

Students designed the menu for each session with each course representing part of society.

The food was prepared by caterers at the University of Derby with lecturers provoking discussions throughout dinner.

Saint Benedict students created a menu which included posh bites, fusion food and a three-tiered cake to represent the class system.

Lucy Regan, 17, a student at Saint Benedict CVA, said she had enjoyed the sessions.

She said: “It’s been good, especially to meet students from another school and talk about the issues that are all affecting us and find out what their opinions are.”

Charlotte Belmore, Sociology teacher at Saint Benedict CVA, said it was a great way to get students talking.

She said: “It was all about bringing people together who wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet and for them to engage and talk about social issues.”

Helen Brocklehurst, a senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Derby, said: “The Economic Social Research Council wanted us to celebrate social sciences and organise a series of outreach events so we just thought that food would be a good way in with students.

“We also wanted to make students aware of the value of social science research and talk about the issues that they are afraid of and find out what they have in common.”

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