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

Felix Cairns, International Model NATO Conference 2013

Felix Cairns, International Model NATO Conference 2013

Description
Felix Cairns, an International Relations 3rd Year student in POLSIS recently took part in the Model NATO Conference 2013 in Washington, United States, alongside fellow Government and Society students.
Brami Van Crombrugge, International Model NATO Conference 2013

Brami Van Crombrugge, International Model NATO Conference 2013

Description
Brami Van Crombrugge, an International Relations and Spanish 4th Year in POLSIS recently took part in the Model NATO Conference 2013 in Washington, United States, alongside fellow Government and Society students.

Ayesha Harris, Microfinance Intern, Opportunity International, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Description
During the internship Ayesha's role was to create factsheets that would enable head office and the branch managers to better understand the characteristics of the small businesses that they lend to. She analysed data from the client applications as well as their stock information and loan data.

Ioana-Cristina Moraru, Human Rights Internship, Argentina

Description
Iona-Cristina's two month placement focused primarily on practical work within the Fundacion Ciudadanos del Mundo organisation in Argentina. Iona-Cristina planned her opportunity through an agency called Connect-123. Iona-Cristina's duties included helping immigrants and refugees who were in positions of social and legal vulnerability.

Sociology 'Prize Pitch' Video Project

Description
The aim of this project was to boost the employability, presentation skills and confidence of undergraduate Sociology students.
Video: Rhys Crilley, MA International Relations (Terrorism and Political Violence) (2012)

Video: Rhys Crilley, MA International Relations (Terrorism and Political Violence) (2012)

Description
Rhys Crilley talks about his choice to continue his studies at Birmingham after completing his Undergraduate study here and how the future looks for him in Postgraduate study.
Nicholas Trigg, MA International Relations (International Peacekeeping) (2012)

Nicholas Trigg, MA International Relations (International Peacekeeping) (2012)

Description
Nicholas Trigg, a Swiss student currently studying on our MA International Relations (Peacekeeping) programme, reflects on his experiences of moving to a foreign country and studying at Birmingham in POLSIS. Nicholas also completed his undergraduate studies in POLSIS.
Victoria Walmesley, Day in the Life as a First Year

Victoria Walmesley, Day in the Life as a First Year

Description
The best advice for future students is, first of all, remember that everyone feels nervous so don't worry; secondly, you will make good friends; and finally, look forward to studying a really engaging and thought provoking subject.
Rhys Crilley, Postgraduate Study trip to Delhi (2012)

Rhys Crilley, Postgraduate Study trip to Delhi (2012)

Description
By undertaking the module I gained a great insight into the security politics of South Asia from several perspectives; the lectures from South Asian experts and security practitioners were particularly insightful and their experience was helpful in providing a thorough understanding of the contemporary security issues that South Asia faces.
POLSOC Committee - Undergraduate student profiles

POLSOC Committee - Undergraduate student profiles

Description
Members of the POLSOC (Politics Society) Committee highlight: What attracted them to study with POLSIS at Birmingham; their role in the society and what activities they've been involved with; the best parts about being in the society and how their involvement with POLSOC will help them after graduation.

Will Mieville-Hawkins, BA History and Political Science (3rd year)

Description
I love the diversity of it and the choices of different things you can study. Particularly in POLSIS we've got an excellent range of academics doing all sorts of different interesting things. We do anything from political economy to international relations to political philosophy and I've really enjoyed the challenge of combining it all together. I think it's given me a really well-rounded experience.

Hannah Lane, BA International Relations and Megan Baxter, BA History and Politics (2nd year)

Description
I remember looking round Birmingham and particularly Muirhead and thinking wow, this is spectacular. It's modern, it's new and the University has an excellent reputation, POLSIS has an excellent reputation and that's what you want really, to know that you're in safe hands studying in a place where it has good facilities and excellent people teaching.

Pierre Alexandre-Chlabovitch, BA Political Science (2nd year)

Description
As an international student it was studying in a British university, getting a new experience and about POLSIS it was the whole, again, the fact that I was passionate about politics, that led me to come and study here and the POLSIS department.
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