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

Namawu Alhassan Alolo, PhD International Development (2006)

Namawu Alhassan Alolo, PhD International Development (2006)

Description
The combination of distinguished faculty, innovative research, diverse student body and a global network of distinguished alumni was, indeed, a major attraction to the University of Birmingham.
Andrew Futter, BA Political Science and International Studies (2006)

Andrew Futter, BA Political Science and International Studies (2006)

Description
"Since completing my degree at Birmingham I have studied for an Ma in Intelligence and International Security at Kings College London, before returning to Birmingham to studying for an MA in Research Methods – a prerequisite for studying a PhD."
Terry Goodwin, BA Political Science (2006)

Terry Goodwin, BA Political Science (2006)

Description
"The University of Birmingham was a brilliant experience. The course was challenging and the lecturers approachable, the Guild and its societies were a great way to learn new skills, and the city as a whole is an amazing place to spend three years."
Nick Renshaw, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2006)

Nick Renshaw, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2006)

Description
"By the time I had finished at Birmingham I felt much more confident in my academic abilities and felt ready to continue my career in development… I recently worked on a multi billion dollar programme for national urban renewal in India."
Emily Gray, BA Sociology (2002) and MA Social Research Methods (Cultural Studies and Sociology) (2005)

Emily Gray, BA Sociology (2002) and MA Social Research Methods (Cultural Studies and Sociology) (2005)

Description
I found both of my courses challenging for varying reasons. Intellectually they challenged the way I thought about the social world and led me to question my own place within the social world.
Bethany Baxter, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

Bethany Baxter, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

Description
My time at IDD allowed me to gain exposure to and skill development in a number of disciplines that have proven essential for success in my current line of work. I have found coursework in participatory development tools and project planning to be particularly beneficial.
Kate Dixon, BA Political Science (2005)

Kate Dixon, BA Political Science (2005)

Description
"I now manage the Constituency Office for Robin Walker (MP for Worcester) completing a variety of research, casework and political campaigning functions."
Sam Grundy, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

Sam Grundy, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

Description
For masters graduates looking to work in international development, the best advice I can offer is get into the field and stay there. Employers look for results and the best way to move up in your career is to prove that you can make things happen on the ground.
Tendongmo Ntemgwa Patience, MSc Governance and Development Management (2005)

Tendongmo Ntemgwa Patience, MSc Governance and Development Management (2005)

Description
"I was able to pick up skills that I am now putting into practice… [and] I built life-long relationships with people I met in the University."
Elena Roffi, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

Elena Roffi, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

Description
"When I began studying at IDD in 2004 I already had done some research and field work. Nevertheless, I felt I needed a boost to my professionalism. I found this in IDD's MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management, and even more - a new family and true friends."
Dr Julius Sandy, PhD Public Policy (2004)

Dr Julius Sandy, PhD Public Policy (2004)

Description
"My time as a research student at Birmingham was very challenging but extremely rewarding and exciting. IDD offers an excellent mix of academic expertise and first-hand experience in public policy / governance, making IDD degrees very useful in real life situations."

Victoria Westwood, BA Political Science (2004)

Description
"Every day is different, I have an extremely varied job. I could be out meeting one of my customers one day up in Scotland, developing new marketing ideas in our head office in London the next."
Rachel Cunningham, MA Political Science (2002)

Rachel Cunningham, MA Political Science (2002)

Description
"I love politics and working in politics is the best thing I could ever have hoped for. I very much enjoy the diverse nature of my job. I meet fascinating people and get to travel across the UK."

Bakari Khamis, MBA (Public Service) 1999

Description
"The education and learning in Birmingham helped me further shape my vision and understanding of public service delivery in all spheres of government. I worked in the Ministry of Finance and later in the Ministry of Health with diverse portfolio."
Roland Buerk, BSocSc Political Science (1995)

Roland Buerk, BSocSc Political Science (1995)

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Tokyo Correspondent, BBC News

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