Enhancing your Student Experience

In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School.

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Some of these are targeted to help you build skills and experience for your CV, others are more open events designed to expose you to high-level speakers on current debates relevant to all G&S students. 

Student funding opportunities

Departmental Activities

Student experience profiles

Anna Goodman, The Civitatis International Global Thinking Summer School (2013)

Anna Goodman, The Civitatis International Global Thinking Summer School (2013)

Description
This summer I was accepted on to a five day programme with the global policy think tank- Civitatis. The Global Thinking Summer School was aimed at future leaders, and was design to help prepare and equip us for a career in policy and politics. There were no more than 10 students per summer school and it was based in the centre of the City of London with one day on the 37th floor of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf (incredible views).
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'.

Read more of our student reports and experiences.
 

Recent and future events thoughout the School include:

High-profile speaker visits

High-profile speaker visits

Description
Study with POLSIS and you'll have the opportunity to hear from high profile speakers on current affairs and issues.
Model NATO

Model NATO

Description
POLSIS as part of an initiative of the School of Government and Society, also sends a student delegation each February to participate in a role play exercise of decision making in NATO. This is held in Washington D.C.. Students in previous years have represented France, Turkey and the United States.
Model United Nations: Boston, United States, February 2012

Model United Nations: Boston, United States, February 2012

Description
In February 2012 the School sent a delegation of students to the Harvard National Model United Nations conference in Boston, USA. It is hoped that this can be a recurring event in years to come.
Undergraduate Conference

Undergraduate Conference

Description
This conference is designed for, and organised and run by Undergraduate students from Government and Society. From choosing the speakers and organising the panels to designing the marketing and promotion strategy, this is a conference by students and for students, supported and guided by G&S staff.
CREES Annual Conference

CREES Annual Conference

Description
The conference provides ample opportunities for discussing existing new developments in and around REES, CREES postgraduate students, whether Master's or PhD, are strongly encouraged to attend and many deliver highly successful presentations to a friendly and very well informed audience.
Briefings by UK Parliamentary Outreach Teams

Briefings by UK Parliamentary Outreach Teams

Description
Have you ever wondered how you can become more involved in UK politics, or how you can influence your members of parliament? The UK Parliamentary Outreach Teams provide briefings to groups of students of all ages on the work of the House of Commons.
Trips to the UK House of Commons

Trips to the UK House of Commons

Description
This is an opportunity to travel with a member of Government and Society staff with expertise in UK politics to the House of Commons and tour the home of the British Government.
Postgraduate Study trip to Delhi

Postgraduate Study trip to Delhi

Description
Study for a Masters within the School of Government and Society and you will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive international module in Delhi, India.
Postgraduate Study trip to Kazakhstan

Postgraduate Study trip to Kazakhstan

Description
Study for a Masters in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies and you will have the opportunity to participate in a study trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan. The visit to Kazakhstan is part of the studies on the Caucasus and Central Asia Pathway within the MSc Programme in Contemporary Russian and East European Studies.
Model United Nations on Campus

Model United Nations on Campus

Description
This on-campus event is open to undergraduates, providing students with the opportunity to identify a potential threat to international peace and security, and to role play UN Security Council members as their chosen crisis unfolds.

 

Yeani Shin, Postgraduate study visit to Almaty, Kazakhstan

"The most enjoyable aspects of the trip were: mixing with the native groups; speaking in Russian; learning Kazakh from the local people each day; gaining genuine information about people and their country and seeing the incredible natural landscape (the steppe region and the canyons). "