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

Sadiki Byombuka, MSc Public Economic Management and Finance (2004)

Sadiki Byombuka, MSc Public Economic Management and Finance (2004)

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"I have gained a great sense of multicultural interactions at the university. I quickly improved my English (coming from a French-speaking country) and got more confidence in personal research and learning besides the courses taught by lecturers."

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.

Video: Dominic Morris, MA International Political Economy of Development (2008)

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I work as a consultant for a consultancy in Bristol. We work with the British Government across DIFID and the foreign office and the Ministry of Defence in the Security and Justice arena and the stabilisation agenda at the moment.

Video profile: Caroline Littlewood, MSc International Development (Urban Development)

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What I enjoyed most I guess was first of all studying within a really international range, being able to work with students from all over the world. Also what I really liked about the IDD programme is that it allows you to do the research for your dissertation abroad so it's combined with very hands on field research which was really the deciding point for me why I choose this degree

Charlotte Barnard, BA Sociology (2011)

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Sociology has developed my way of thinking. Before I used to look for answers that were matter of fact and obvious, but Sociology taught me to 'think outside the box' and explore my own logical interpretations and challenge others.

Abi Gill, BA Sociology (2010)

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The teaching quality is outstanding and staff go out of their way to support students throughout their degrees and also beyond with applications for jobs and further study. Crucially, studying Sociology develops the transferable skills that graduate employers desire in their applicants and the fact that Birmingham is a Redbrick has really advanced my career and further education options.

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