Model United Nations (MUN) is essentially a role-playing exercise, in which young people assume the roles of diplomats.
Through this, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of international issues, from deforestation to the situation in the Middle East, as well as improving their public speaking and debating skills, and learning how to solve problems constructively.
One of the great strengths of MUN is that it is pupil-led, with sixth formers taking the lead in running weekly sessions, and playing a key role in organising our own annual conference.
The best way of experiencing all that MUN has to offer is to attend conferences. These take place across the world, and vary in size and character, but all have a similar basis.
Before the conference, pupils attending (delegates) research the topics they will be debating, and the views of the country they will be representing.
They may then write a resolution, outlining a way to deal with one of the issues to be debated.
At the conference, delegates must try and win support for their resolutions, initially during informal lobbying, and then during formal debate, overseen by older pupils fulfilling the role of committee Chairs.
Resolutions which are passed by the committee may then be debated by all those at the conference, during General Assembly.
The Haileybury Conference
In March each year, Haileybury hosts one of the largest conferences in the country, involving over 600 secondary school (high school) students from across the world.
We are a THIMUN-affiliated conference.
As well as participating as delegates, pupils from both Haileybury and other schools have the opportunity to Chair committees, and over 100 other Haileybury pupils are involved in supporting roles in the conference.
The next conference will take place between Friday 23 and Sunday 25 March 2018.
Registration has closed and the conference is currently full, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact us.
News and Updates
- 1 March The theme for the disco will be "festival"
- 9 February The Delegates' guide and Rules of Procedure are now available for download. Research reports will be added within the next few days.
- 22 November We are pleased to announce the publication of the agenda for the conference, as well as delegation allocations and Chair appointments, which can be viewed within the secure registration area.
- 27 September Well done to those who went to Reigate MUN on Saturday, particularly Ellie Owen, who received a "Highly Commended Delegate" award in the Security Council.
- 18 September Congratulations to those who took part in CUSMUN at the weekend, especially Al Mutasim Elbireer and Xanthe Drinkall-Gash, who received "Highly Commended Delegate" awards, and Eliot Barrett-Holman and Imogen Seth, who received "Best Negotiator" in their committees.
- 25 May The theme for Haileybury MUN 2018 will be "Open Mind, Open World".
- 26 April The total amount raised for charity during HMUN17 has been calculated as £1214.60.
- 28 March Haileybury MUN 2018 will take place between Friday 23 and Sunday 25 March. More details to follow in a couple of months.