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.

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. 

Recent enhancement activities:

2017 undergraduate essay competition - Why (I) learn German

Description
In collaboration with the Institute for German Studies (University of Birmingham) the Midlands German Network is excited to announce its 2017 undergraduate essay competition.
Date:
Wednesday 8th March 2017

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2017

Description
Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. The group, led by Lorenzo Cladi, Nino Kemoklidze and Chiara Morbi, visited the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO and the Council of the European Union.
Date:
Wednesday 1st March 2017

POLSIS students visit the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Description
As exchange students at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, one of our modules; Political Economy of the Middle East; included a "pressure cooker". A pressure cooker is an intense two and a half day assessment, where the class is split into groups and has to develop a 'policy solution' for a 'client'. For our pressure cooker, we had to develop foreign policy advice for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a current issue in the Middle East.
Date:
Wednesday 1st March 2017

Alumnus with 20 years of Experience of Political Campaigning talks to POLSIS Students

Description
Birmingham graduate with extensive experience of political campaigning for the Liberal Democrats shares his insights into running campaigns with undergraduate students.
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

Thies Kaetow - UK Security Expo 2016, London

Description
The two-day Global Counter Terrorism Conference featured representatives of the UN, Dr. Jehangir Khan, Director of the CTITF and UNCCT and NATO, Dr. Jamie Shae, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, addressing the respective organisations' role in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

University of Birmingham International Model United Nations conference 2017 (UBIMUN)

Description
School Enhancement Fund supports The University of Birmingham International Model United Nations conference 2017 (UBIMUN).
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

Recent and future events thoughout the School include:

Model NATO

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

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

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

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

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.

Model United Nations on Campus

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.

Student funding opportunities

Departmental Activities