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:

Podcast: The Brexit Negotiations: An EU Perspective

Speakers: Jacqueline Minor, European Commission's Head of Representation and Professor Martin Trybus, Birmingham Law School, Professor of European Law and Policy. Chair: Jamie Gaskarth, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Wednesday 8th February 2017

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at international training seminar

Thanks to funds from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund I was able to participate in an Executive Training Seminar on parliaments in regional organisations at the European University Institute in Florence.
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Students attend a private briefing with the National Security Advisor

Students on the third year module 'Strategy and Decisionmaking' were able to attend a private briefing in London with the National Security Advisor, Sir Mark Lyall Grant at the RUSI before being given a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Tuesday 13th December 2016

IGS PhD Researcher Wins Award in Hamburg

Marlene Schrijnders, 3d year PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham, was awarded with the first prize at the Deutscher Historikertag in Hamburg for her poster titled "Endzeitopia".
Tuesday 13th December 2016

IDD PhD student wins University's Images of Research 2016/17

Louis Francis Monroy Santander, Postgraduate Researcher in the International Development department won first place in the 2016/17 Images of Research with a photograph entitled "Resistance to international peace-building: the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina".
Friday 9th December 2016

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at Model UN

The London International MUN HS took place this weekend where 100 high school students engaged in a simulation of the different committees at the UN. Through the different sessions they were able to come up with high-quality resolutions portraying their commitment and developing their diplomatic skills.
Thursday 8th December 2016

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