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

Steven Pitt, MSc Public Management

Steven Pitt, MSc Public Management

Description
This position became an opportunity for him through his work on the Graduate Scheme and was too good an opportunity to turn down. Although he has left the scheme, Steven is still funded to complete his part-time postgraduate study – a Masters in Public Sector Management at the University of Birmingham.
Simeon Whittingham, MSc Public Management

Simeon Whittingham, MSc Public Management

Description
When the chance to apply for the graduate management programme came up, Simeon decided this would be a very good way to broaden his general experience of local government as the scheme allows you to do three placements over 12 – 18 months and funds a Masters course in Public Sector Management. The postgraduate study he is doing is paid for by the Council and he is undertaking this on a part time basis at the University of Birmingham.
Caroline Davis, MSc in Public Management

Caroline Davis, MSc in Public Management

Description
The MSc in Public Management is paid for by the Council, but still involves time spent outside of work to keep up with the work. Caroline feels a scheme such as the one at Birmingham, gives a variety of experience in the breath of placements available to you.

Jemma George, BA Sociology (2008)

Description
Birmingham is a fantastic and vibrant city. The University campus is just two stops away from the city centre so it's brilliant if you want to explore the area. The University Main Library hosts most of the Social Sciences material and is an excellent resource for students. My fondest memories were being part of the Social Sciences Society and getting to organise events and nights out for SSS members.
Ben Nunn, Political Science BA (2008)

Ben Nunn, Political Science BA (2008)

Description
"There is a great atmosphere around the campus and Birmingham, as a city, is fantastic. On top of this, the POLSIS department is really well established and has a great course to offer."
Sarah Kelleway, BA Political Science (2008)

Sarah Kelleway, BA Political Science (2008)

Description
"I frequently recommend Birmingham to my students when I know they are very sociable individuals, and would do well in a large university. I always comment on the range of societies and activities available, many of which I took part in myself. I also emphasise what a fantastic city Birmingham is."

Katie Ramsay, BA Sociology (2007)

Description
I am still fascinated by sociology and my love for travel has been greatly enhanced by my sociological background. I spent one year driving through Africa and often found myself dissecting my experiences and surroundings in a sociological way.
Concy Aciro, MSc Poverty Reduction (2007)

Concy Aciro, MSc Poverty Reduction (2007)

Description
Concy Aciro is an opposition MP in the Ugandan Parliament and is involved in peace talks between the government and the Lord Resistance Army rebel group to resolve the long-running armed conflict in Northern Uganda.
Maya Atwal, MSc Contemporary Russian and East European Studies (2007)

Maya Atwal, MSc Contemporary Russian and East European Studies (2007)

Description
"I wished to broaden my knowledge of the region to include comparative politics in the region alongside continuing to develop my Russian language skills in a centre that was renowned for its research excellence in Russia and Central and Eastern-Europe."
Katra Sambili, MSc International Development (2007)

Katra Sambili, MSc International Development (2007)

Description
"The best thing about the International Development Department (IDD) was the wonderful global environment in which we learned and relished the freedom to add to the development discourse through our experiences as representatives of our respective countries and continents."
Martin Shapland, BA Modern History and Political Science (2007)

Martin Shapland, BA Modern History and Political Science (2007)

Description
"I found the course and environment at Birmingham to be supportive and motivating - the lectures, seminars and student support offer the right mix to impart knowledge, go away and discover your own perspective on that knowledge and then have them challenged by peers – I found, especially with politics, that there is never a wrong answer which challenges yourself or others."
Hadianto Wirajuda, MA International Studies (Diplomacy) 2007

Hadianto Wirajuda, MA International Studies (Diplomacy) 2007

Description
"I found that the course offered the perfect combination between practical and theoretical modules. We live in a changing world where on the one hand, practicality plays an important role in our job and on the other hand, the significance of concept is also a vital element of any profession."
Gareth Wall, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2007)

Gareth Wall, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2007)

Description
"The field study component of the course was what made the programme stand out from the other international Development masters in the UK. Also, the course covered a broad area of development studies, ideal for someone like myself who is coming from an arts background."
Rebecca Young, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2007)

Rebecca Young, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2007)

Description
"The actual content of the course was intense but really brought us up to speed and I still use logical frameworks and various tools for participatory research. My fellow course mates were a joy."

Dalvinder Singh, BA Sociology (2006)

Description
Do the reading each week, study hard in your last two years. Try to get some work experience or an internship whilst at Uni, as this could be invaluable experience or can lead to a job offer once you've graduated.

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