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:

Michaela Butorova, Alternative Careers Fair, London (2014)

Michaela Butorova, Alternative Careers Fair, London (2014)

Description
Thanks to Student Enhancement Fund I was able to participate in the "Alternative Careers Fair" that took place on 29th November in London and was run by Escape the City. The experience I gained was truly fascinating and helped me enhance my career prospects in various ways.
Ioana Cerasella Chis, MA Social and Political Theory (2015)

Ioana Cerasella Chis, MA Social and Political Theory (2015)

Description
Upon the start of the MA course I was awarded a departmental bursary on the basis of my academic merit and potential to achieve academic excellence. Broadly, my academic interests lie in the interplay between the theory and praxis of political, social and ethical issues, with a particular focus on the sociology of technology and knowledge production, and the critique of neoliberalism.
Brian Yiu Lee, Sheffield MUN (2014)

Brian Yiu Lee, Sheffield MUN (2014)

Description
At Sheffield MUN 2014, I participated in the Special Political and Decolonization committee (SPECPOL) as a delegate from the United Kingdom. This was challenging yet rewarding.
Joe Taylor, Sociology BA (3rd year) 2015

Joe Taylor, Sociology BA (3rd year) 2015

Description
I have fulfilled my full potential at Birmingham, had so many new experiences, met great people and really enjoyed my course. There are so many different opportunities available to students and these have helped me develop exponentially.

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2014/15

Michaela Butorova, Alternative Careers Fair, London (2014)

Michaela Butorova, Alternative Careers Fair, London (2014)

Description
Thanks to Student Enhancement Fund I was able to participate in the "Alternative Careers Fair" that took place on 29th November in London and was run by Escape the City. The experience I gained was truly fascinating and helped me enhance my career prospects in various ways.
Ioana Cerasella Chis, MA Social and Political Theory (2015)

Ioana Cerasella Chis, MA Social and Political Theory (2015)

Description
Upon the start of the MA course I was awarded a departmental bursary on the basis of my academic merit and potential to achieve academic excellence. Broadly, my academic interests lie in the interplay between the theory and praxis of political, social and ethical issues, with a particular focus on the sociology of technology and knowledge production, and the critique of neoliberalism.
Brian Yiu Lee, Sheffield MUN (2014)

Brian Yiu Lee, Sheffield MUN (2014)

Description
At Sheffield MUN 2014, I participated in the Special Political and Decolonization committee (SPECPOL) as a delegate from the United Kingdom. This was challenging yet rewarding.
Joe Taylor, Sociology BA (3rd year) 2015

Joe Taylor, Sociology BA (3rd year) 2015

Description
I have fulfilled my full potential at Birmingham, had so many new experiences, met great people and really enjoyed my course. There are so many different opportunities available to students and these have helped me develop exponentially.
Hannah Grounds, Sociology BA (3rd year) 2015

Hannah Grounds, Sociology BA (3rd year) 2015

Description
The Sociology programme has enhanced my academic understanding, whilst equipping me for future employment. I hope to pursue a career within the local government, specifically working with either the young or elderly population.
Sociology Society, Careers Conference (2015)

Sociology Society, Careers Conference (2015)

Description
One of the main aims of the Sociology Society is to provide academic support to our members. Our primary aims were to inspire 1st and 2nd year students to start to think about possible careers as well as offer 3rd year students the opportunity to ask questions as well as gain application/interview hints and tips.

2013/14

Zara Sultana, The Muslim Jewish Conference, Vienna (2014)

Zara Sultana, The Muslim Jewish Conference, Vienna (2014)

Description
With the help of the Student Enhancement Fund I was able to travel to Vienna from 7 August 2014 to 14 August 2014 to attend the Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC). The fifth annual interfaith and intercultural MJC conference provides a framework for self-defining Muslims and Jews from all over the world to engage in dialogue about divisive issues.
Razan Al-Faouri, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation 5 day conference with ICCS (2014)

Razan Al-Faouri, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation 5 day conference with ICCS (2014)

Description
In April 2014 I undertook a training program called 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation', organized by the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham.
Ioana Cerasella Chis and Rory Scott, ESRC Research Methods Festival (2014)

Ioana Cerasella Chis and Rory Scott, ESRC Research Methods Festival (2014)

Description
Every two years, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) organises the Research Methods Festival where researchers from within and outside academia showcase and discuss their projects, in order to exchange ideas and discover new possibilities for social research.
Razan Al-Faouri, MUNICE (2014)

Razan Al-Faouri, MUNICE (2014)

Description
Attending the Model United Nations Conference in Nice, France, was an amazing and unforgettable experience.
Patrick Pitts, Internship at the US Congress, Washington, D.C. (Summer 2014)

Patrick Pitts, Internship at the US Congress, Washington, D.C. (Summer 2014)

Description
My internship was by far the hardest experience I've ever underwent; when you're working for someone whose schedule frequently includes "meeting with POTUS" (President of the United States), you know that a lot is expected of you.
Michaela Butorova, Research of Co-working Spaces in Birmingham and London (2014)

Michaela Butorova, Research of Co-working Spaces in Birmingham and London (2014)

Description
Thanks to the Student Enhancement Fund I had an opportunity to conduct a research of co-working spaces in Birmingham and London. I visited 3 amazing co-working spaces, all of them operating on a different business model, and having different experiences with running such places.
Jennifer Brown, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation 5 day conference with ICCS (2014)

Jennifer Brown, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation 5 day conference with ICCS (2014)

Description
I attended the ICCS Easter school training course in 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution'. This course was intensive and extremely interesting.
Melissa Dumont, The European International Model United Nations, TEIMUN (2014)

Melissa Dumont, The European International Model United Nations, TEIMUN (2014)

Description
TEIMUN takes place at The Hague every year. I had the great opportunity to represent Sweden in the European Council. It has been a long week in which we managed to successfully pass two resolutions and a crisis decision.
Esther Naylor, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation 5 day conference with ICCS (2014)

Esther Naylor, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation 5 day conference with ICCS (2014)

Description
During Easter 2014 the ICCS (Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Conflict Transformation) organised a 5 day conference at the University of Birmingham to help educate and train students and professionals about the different types of transforming international, national and community levels of conflict.
Brian Lee, 5th Model Arab League Crisis Conference (2014)

Brian Lee, 5th Model Arab League Crisis Conference (2014)

Description
The 5th Model Arab League Crisis Conference organized by the University of Birmingham United Nation Society was held between the 31st January and 2nd February at the University of Birmingham.
Pattarapol Kamosilp, Olympia Summer Academy (2014)

Pattarapol Kamosilp, Olympia Summer Academy (2014)

Description
From 12th July to 23rd July 2014, I had one of the most memorable trips. I went to attend the summer program at Olympia Summer Academy. The institution was located in Olympia, Greece.
Megan Kohut, SRHE Conference 'Interrogating the Higher Education Research/ Policy Interface' (2014)

Megan Kohut, SRHE Conference 'Interrogating the Higher Education Research/ Policy Interface' (2014)

Description
I travelled to London Metropolitan University to attend a conference put on by the SRHE Higher Education Policy Network entitled 'Interrogating the Higher Education Research/ Policy Interface.'
Evgeniya Chalakova, Professional Development Module - Case Study Chamber of Commerce (2014)

Evgeniya Chalakova, Professional Development Module - Case Study Chamber of Commerce (2014)

Description
Course: BA International Relations with German.

Milo Reisz-Gervis, 4th Year, BA Spanish and Politics (Year Abroad)

Description
With regards to career skills, going on a year abroad proves that you can dive headfirst into a situation outside of your comfort zone and adapt to your surroundings.
Geraldine Tovey, Graduate Internship - Health Exchange (2014)

Geraldine Tovey, Graduate Internship - Health Exchange (2014)

Description
Geraldine studied International Relations and graduated in 2012. During her degree she focused on the political side of the course and completed internships within MP's offices in Birmingham, as well as part time jobs in retail.

Lauren Boon, International Relations with French (Year Abroad)

Description
I spent the third year of my degree studying abroad, at France Sciences Po, in Lyon, France.
Evgeniya Chalakova, International Relations with German (Year Abroad)

Evgeniya Chalakova, International Relations with German (Year Abroad)

Description
As part of the study abroad scheme I spent the third year of my degree studying in Berlin, Germany at the Free University of Berlin.
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.

2012/13

Charlie Winch, Internship at the Westminster based think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (2013)

Charlie Winch, Internship at the Westminster based think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (2013)

Description
The IEA is the UK's original free-market thinktank and its mission statement is "to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems". Andrew Marr credited the institute with being"...undoubtedly the most influential think tank in modern British history".
Paula Stoleru, Internship at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Paula Stoleru, Internship at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Description
The project I was assigned during this internship focused on mapping the Third Sector organisations that are active in four different wards of Birmingham. This involved liaising with the managers of organisations, and other people involved in voluntary activities as well as local authorities such as councilors, police officers and policy advisors in order to gain as much information as possible regarding the level of cooperation between the 'public' and the 'third sector'.
Sajidah Ali, Level 1 Ibn Jabal Arabic course (2013)

Sajidah Ali, Level 1 Ibn Jabal Arabic course (2013)

Description
Over the summer, I undertook a three week Level 1 Ibn Jabal Arabic course, with the financial help of POLSIS. In a nutshell, the course redefined for me the meaning of the word intense.
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.
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.
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.

2011/12

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".
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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