Alumni profiles

The School of Government and Society is proud of all of its students and alumni. Via the University's Development and Alumni Office, we hope to keep in touch with all of our alumni post-graduation, to learn of their many successes and to continue to share our research successes and campus developments.

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Latest alumni profiles

Video: Anna Townsend, MSc Poverty, Inequality and Development by distance learning (2012)

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Anna Townsend describes her experience of studying an MSc Poverty, Inequality and Development by distance learning at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham during her recent graduation.

Video: Maria Anna Belka, MSc Development Management (Public Economic management and Finance (2012)

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Maria Anna Belka describes her experience of studying an MSc in Development Management at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham during her recent graduation.

Video: Ingrid Doude van Troostwijk, MA Politics and Religion (2012)

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Ingrid Doude van Troostwijk describes her experience of studying an MA in Politics and Religion at the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham during her recent graduation.

Kamna Patel, International Development (PhD)

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I've gained two really important things directly related to my current career from my studies at Birmingham. The first is a thorough knowledge of the research process and approaches to research. The second is the exposure to teaching masters students I gained by acting as a PGTA and as a tutor on IDD's distance learning programme. Without this combination of teaching experience and a solid grounding in research, I would not have been prepared for the challenges in my new role.

Video: Christophe Laarman, MSc Contemporary Russian and East European Studies (2011)

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Christophe Laarman describes his experience of studying an MSc in Contemporary Russian and East European Studies at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham during his recent graduation.

Video: Katherine Tonkiss, PhD Local Government Studies (2012)

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Katherine Tonkiss describes her experience of studying a PhD in the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham during her recent graduation.

Video: Claire Kueh, MSc Public Management (2012)

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Claire Kueh describes her experience of studying a MSc in Public Management at the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham during her recent graduation.

Video: Alyson Nicholds, PhD Local Government Studies (2012)

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Alyson Nicholds describes her experience of studying a PhD in the Institute of Local Government Studies during her recent graduation.

Sippi Azarbaijani-Moghaddam, MSocSc in Rural Development (1996)

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Sippi has worked for many years as a consultant and country expert on Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. From informing the military and UK Ministry of Defence to defending Afghan women's rights both before and during the reign of the Taliban, Sippi spent 16 and a half years working both in Afghanistan and all around the world imparting her wisdom on Afghan politics, development and culture.

Video: Kate Barry, BA Law with Politics (2001)

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Just remember how much you've been given and how much you know and remember how difficult it was at the beginning for you to understand all those weird concepts and the theories and political views and ideas and how you've managed to translate them and how that will help you in being a voice and an advocate for other people because it's invaluable having people who can speak for other people because not everyone can do that.

Video: Adrian Bradley, BA Political Science (2003)

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My main piece of advice is make the most of your time. What you get out of being at university, the degree is the hygiene factor that will make sure your application is read but no more than that. What you get out of the university is all these experiences that you can have while you're here and the CV you can build...

Video: Derek Lowe, BA Political Science (1976) and MA Social Science (1980)

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Get the most out of it when you're here and get the most out of it in terms of your course, make sure you engage with the teaching staff and get the most out of your tutors and your friends, enjoy the social side of things but really focus on where you want your degree to lead to...

Video: Chris Richardson Wright, BA International Relations (2011)

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The best thing for me was the opportunities that I got in my extra-curricular activities. I made full use of the opportunities available in the students union and I really enjoyed all of the work I did in charity fundraising, volunteering and events management as well.

Raam Thakrar, BSocSco International Studies with Politics (1998)

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Really think through what you want to do – and where career choice overlaps with intellectual interest and skills. And importantly the amount of money you want to earn.

Elena Lynch, BA Sociology (2011) with International Study Year

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What I found most beneficial about taking the course was the ability to study a wide range of issues that have, and arguably still do, affected our daily lives. For example, I found the study of multiculturalism particularly interesting especially whilst living in as culturally diverse a city as Birmingham.

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