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 Spring Seminar Series Discusses Major Topical Issues

POLSIS Spring Seminar Series Discusses Major Topical Issues
Description
The 2015 POLSIS spring seminar series focused on the crisis in Greece, the rise of populism, rhetoric and leadership, security, ethnic minority representation and the impending British general election.
Date:
Friday 1st May 2015

Birmingham Pre-election debate on Immigration co-hosted by The Guardian

Birmingham Pre-election debate on Immigration co-hosted by The Guardian
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies/School of Government and Society co-host a pre-election debate on immigration with The Guardian.
Date:
Friday 1st May 2015

Sociology Society Careers Conference 2015

Sociology Society Careers Conference 2015
Description
The Sociology Society hosted a careers conference on 04 February 2015. This event provided current students with the opportunity to meet alumni from a variety of careers including HR, PR/Marketing, Consultancy, Social Work, Law (in particular a postgraduate qualification) and Education.
Date:
Thursday 2nd April 2015

Students get a first-hand view of working for the UN

Description
MA students Alice Vogliotti, Satish Gurung and Pui Thanaporn Wiboonpote travelled to Boston and New York for the Model UN conference and to visit UN Headquarters. When they returned to Birmingham they Skyped with an alumnus about the realities of working in the UN. This is a report of their experiences.
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

Study Trips, Simulations and Outside Expertise Enhance the Teaching in POLSIS

Study Trips, Simulations and Outside Expertise Enhance the Teaching in POLSIS
Description
Visits to Brussels, Participation at Model UN and NATO events and Classes Taught by Practitioners Enhance the Student Experience in POLSIS.
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

Students gain experience through conflict simulation

Students gain experience through conflict simulation
Description
In March 2015, IDD, in collaboration with Responding to Conflict – a Birmingham-based NGO working on conflict resolution – ran a full day conflict simulation for the students of the module Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction.
Date:
Monday 16th March 2015

Recent and future events thoughout the School include:

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

Model United Nations: Boston, United States

Description
This annual event, attended by 3000 students from 35 different nations, gives delegates the chance to participate in a high-level simulation mirroring the operations of the UN and its committee system, organised by an expert team of Model UN veterans based at Harvard University.
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.
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

Carlos Becker Martinez, Sustainable Local Economies (2014)

Carlos Becker Martinez, Sustainable Local Economies (2014)
Description
I attended the Sustainable Local Economies evening seminar at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) at Cardiff University. This seminar speaker was Mr. Leighton Andrews, Minister for Public Services of the Welsh Government.

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.

Read more of our student reports and experiences.