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

Recent enhancement activities:

POLSIS Seminar Series 2014-15

POLSIS Seminar Series 2014-15
Description
POLSIS hosts a number of seminars throughout the year which focuses on a number of different topics. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.
Date:
Wednesday 10th September 2014

Student Enhancement Fund profiles 2014

Student Enhancement Fund profiles 2014
Description
Find out how our undergraduate and postgraduate students have used the School of Government and Society student enhancement fund throughout 2013/14 and read about their experiences.
Date:
Thursday 4th September 2014

Tomislav Korman, SIPRI International Development Conference, Stockholm (March 2014)

Tomislav Korman, SIPRI International Development Conference, Stockholm (March 2014)
Description
Tomislav Korman, a Masters student in Public Administration in the International Development Department of the School of Government and Society, attended the 2014 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development, organized by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation.
Date:
Thursday 4th September 2014

Blog: Masters students on Kenya study tour 2014

Blog: Masters students on Kenya study tour 2014
Description
Written by Freyja Oddsdottir. For the past couple of years, the IDD has organised a field research trip to assist IDD Masters students with the logistics of field research, which is an optional component of their MSc degree. Last year, the destination was Kerala in South India. In June this year, a group of 16 students travelled to Nairobi, Kenya, along with Dr Jonathan Fisher and Freyja Oddsdottir, where they stayed for three weeks to conduct field research for their dissertation.
Date:
Monday 21st July 2014

Field Study to Istanbul: Turkish delight for IDD students

Field Study to Istanbul: Turkish delight for IDD students
Description
This April more than 30 IDD masters students flew to Istanbul, Turkey, to participate in a field study organised with the help of IDD alumnus Dr Ali Ercan Ozgur, founder of IDEMA consulting. During this five-day study programme, more than fourteen speakers and nine host organizations shared their experience of government systems, business and public administration with the group.
Date:
Friday 27th June 2014

Annual CREES Conference Demonstrates the Strength of CREES Expertise

Annual CREES Conference Demonstrates the Strength of CREES Expertise
Description
Staff, students and alumni of CREES plus some specially invited guests gathered at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park for the annual conference of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) in June 2014.
Date:
Wednesday 18th June 2014

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). " 

Student experience profiles

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.

Read more of our student reports and experiences.