POLSIS Student profiles

With over 4,000 international students from more than 150 countries, the University of Birmingham has one of the largest international student communities in the UK, so whether you are a UK student or travelling to Birmingham from overseas, you will work alongside fellow students with differing perspectives.

Latest student profiles

Ioana Cerasella Chis, Political Science and Sociology BA (3rd year) 2014

Ioana Cerasella Chis, Political Science and Sociology BA (3rd year) 2014

Description
Being interested in both Sociological and Political ways of understanding the dynamics within societies, I chose to do a Joint Honours course which has not ceased to impress me with its variety of modules and other opportunities.
Jenny Akers, Sociology BA 2014

Jenny Akers, Sociology BA 2014

Description
My enjoyment of the course has stemmed from my personal academic progress as well as the opportunity to explore a plethora of sociological, historical and contemporary concerns, such as; gender, ethnicity, technological innovation and class stratification.
Katherine Nichol, Sociology BA (3rd year) 2014

Katherine Nichol, Sociology BA (3rd year) 2014

Description
As a mature student I was attracted to study sociology at the University of Birmingham by its great reputation, course content and campus. Birmingham is also a great place to live, with amazing food, music and opportunities which you can only get in a big city.
Sarah Heta - A Day in the Life of an International Relations Student

Sarah Heta - A Day in the Life of an International Relations Student

Description
Current undergraduate Sarah Heta take you on a tour of a typical day in the life of an International Relations student at the University of Birmingham.
Neema Begum, Political Science (British Politics and the State) MA

Neema Begum, Political Science (British Politics and the State) MA

Description
After completing my undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations at POLSIS, I chose to continue studying at Birmingham at postgraduate level. I knew that by studying with POLSIS, I would continue to be challenged and encouraged in my studies; I also knew that I would benefit from both the expertise within the department and from the excellent academic teaching and a solid research base.
Jamie Vickery, International Political Economy MA

Jamie Vickery, International Political Economy MA

Description
From my undergraduate experience, I already knew that the level of support that I would receive from the department would be high and I was also excited about the introduction of environmental governance and climate change politics modules (the political area that I did eventually want to focus on) helped to persuade me to come back.
POLSIS Bursary: Edward Li, International Relations (Contemporary Asia-Pacific) MA

POLSIS Bursary: Edward Li, International Relations (Contemporary Asia-Pacific) MA

Description
I chose to study with POLSIS as the University of Birmingham has a rather high ranking in the subject field of Political Science. Before I applied to Birmingham I also read about the profiles of the professors and lecturers on the POLSIS website and learned that they have brilliant qualifications and experiences.
Megan Baxter, International Relations (Gender) MA

Megan Baxter, International Relations (Gender) MA

Description
In addition to the full fee bursary that POLSIS offer, in 2013 we were also able to offer a £500 Masters fee reduction to a small number of final year Birmingham POLSIS students who had applied for postgraduate study with POLSIS. Megan Baxter(BA History and Political Science) was one of the recipients of this fee discount and is now studying for an MA in International Relations (Gender).
Ioana Cerasella Chis, Policy Intern in the Corporate Resources department at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Ioana Cerasella Chis, Policy Intern in the Corporate Resources department at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Description
This summer I have been a Policy Intern in the Corporate Resources department at Birmingham City Council (BCC). As a Political Science and Sociology student, I have been interested in working in a Local Government institution. That was because I wanted to find out more about the possibilities and limitations of the public sector in collaborating with, and supporting community organisations. Given my current interests and knowledge generated from my two years of study at Birmingham I found that the internship met my expectations and provided valuable insights.
Katherine Nichol, Intern Birmingham City Council (2013)

Katherine Nichol, Intern Birmingham City Council (2013)

Description
During my four-week summer placement at Birmingham City Council, my role was based around shadowing the Director of Local Services.
Eleanor Johnston, Internship at the Guide Consultancy (2013)

Eleanor Johnston, Internship at the Guide Consultancy (2013)

Description
This summer, having just finished my Second year in Political Science, I had the fantastic opportunity to intern at GUIDE, a public affairs/ Government relations company in London. I was lucky enough to arrange the internship having been mentored on the university's mentor scheme.
Diverse and original PhD research showcased at fifth annual postgraduate colloquium

Diverse and original PhD research showcased at fifth annual postgraduate colloquium

Description
The fifth annual School of Government and Society postgraduate colloquium recently took place (Wednesday 13 March 2013), giving PhD researchers an opportunity to share their ideas with students and staff.
Sam Mountney, Report on Westminster 2013

Sam Mountney, Report on Westminster 2013

Description
Sam Mountney, a 2nd year student in POLSIS shares his experiences from a recent visit to Westminster.
Ana Alecsandru, UNA Youth Conference - New Nuclear Realities (February 2013)

Ana Alecsandru, UNA Youth Conference - New Nuclear Realities (February 2013)

Description
Ana Alecsandru, an MA International Relations (Security) student in POLSIS recently took part in the UNA Youth Conference - New Nuclear Realities in February 2013.

Marianna Karakoulaki, POLSIS Student conference (June 2012)

Description
Conference organiser and MA Student Marianna Karakoulaki shares her experiences of the second POLSIS Student Conference "Cosmopolitan Dimensions".
A. Ahuja, ASAP (March 2013)

A. Ahuja, ASAP (March 2013)

Description
The ASAP event held on the 20th of March was attended by around 15 students, from varying departments such as those of Literature and Political Science. The two speakers addressing the event were Bijaylaxmi Nanda (University of Delhi, via Skype) and Xinran from Mother's Bridge of Love, London.
Arthur Botto, London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) 2013

Arthur Botto, London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) 2013

Description
Arthur Botto, 3rd year student in POLSIS took part in the London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) 2013.
Dobromir Uzunov, Hamburg MUN (December 2012)

Dobromir Uzunov, Hamburg MUN (December 2012)

Description
Dobromir Uzunov, an International Relations with Economics, 2nd year student in POLSIS writes about his experiences during the Hamburg MUN in December 2012.
Mathew Clarke, Hamburg MUN (December 2012)

Mathew Clarke, Hamburg MUN (December 2012)

Description
Mathew Clarke, an MA International Relations (International Political Economy) Student in POLSIS took part in the Hamburg MUN (December 2012).
James Bowker, WUDC Berlin 2013

James Bowker, WUDC Berlin 2013

Description
James Bowker, an International Relations BA 2nd year student took part in the 33rd World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) hosted by the Berlin Debating Union (BDU), Berlin, Germany 2013.
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