Alumni profiles

Alumni profiles in the Department of Political Science and International Studies.

Latest alumni profiles 

Charlotte Barnard, BA Sociology (2011)

Description
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)

Description
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.

Laura Greaves, BA Sociology (2010)

Description
The sociology programme was challenging especially when tackling the theoretical aspects of the course. However the broad choice in interesting and relevant topics such as, Gender and Sexuality, and Family, kept the theoretical side of study contemporary and most importantly interesting.

Sundeep Johal, BA Sociology (2010)

Description
What made this programme stand out for me was the dedication of the lecturers which helped further strengthened my passion for the subject. The knowledge and support I gained from lecturers was priceless and provided me with an ideal foundation for my chosen career: social work. This course is ideal for anyone with the desire to question the taken-for-granted aspects of society and will be sure to challenge and stimulate the mind."

Rosie Jennings, BA Sociology (2010)

Description
I found that the course gave you a lot of freedom to tailor your own learning. There were a lot of module options to choose from as well as the core subjects in sociological theory. As a result the knowledge I got from the course was balanced and of interest to me personally.
Alessandro Capozzi, BA International Relations (2010)

Alessandro Capozzi, BA International Relations (2010)

Description
"Birmingham is a hugely diverse university with students from every corner of the world with unbelievable experiences and different motivations for coming to Birmingham."

Marie Houdart, MA International Studies (International Political Economy) 2010

Description
"The POLSIS has great modules and great teachers who are available and here to support you in your studies and the search of jobs afterwards. The classes are very interesting and since we are not many, there is a great space left for debates."
Annie Tickell, BA International Studies and Political Science (2009)

Annie Tickell, BA International Studies and Political Science (2009)

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"I would definitely recommend Birmingham to any prospective student because I had such a fantastic time there. The opportunities you have as a student are endless and Guild really does have something for everyone. Studying politics was incredible because the course was so structured and the teaching was exceptional."
Laura Harris, BA Political Science (2009)

Laura Harris, BA Political Science (2009)

Description
"The best points of the course was the choice of modules in second and particularly third year and the level of support you could get from the lecturers before essay hand in and exam time – I really enjoyed being able to take place in open but informed discussions during every seminar as well and that for me was the best part of studying politics"

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.
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."

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.
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."
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.
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."
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