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

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.
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.
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