POLSIS Enhancing your Student Experience

In POLSIS 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 department.

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 POLSIS students.

Polsis Summer Internship Scheme

The POLSIS Summer Internship Scheme gives second year students the opportunity to support an academic advance their research project over the summer period. The internships are paid are an exciting opportunity for students to gain an insight into high quality research support to academics.


Our outreach programme focuses on student enhancement both in the department and in local secondary schools.  A group of students alongside the Academic Enhancement Lead Dr. Matthew Whiting and Student Experience Officer Eleanor Woulfe visit participating schools to a deliver a relevant political workshop. This gives students the opportunity to give back the local community. 

Student Led Committees

Student Enhancement Committee

  • This is your chance to get involved, be part of the POLSIS community and work with staff to enhance students’ experience.
  • The aim of the committee is to organise events that enhance students’ learning and employability opportunities in POLSIS. The committee is student centred in the sense that the activities organised will be based on student needs and interests.

Equality & Diversity Committee, Mental Health Committee, Assessment and Feedback Committee and Educational Development Committee

  • Working the Student Experience Officer these student led committees ignite real change within the department by through reviewing practices, the curriculum and offering feedback on proposed academic changes. The committees give students the opportunity 

Student Experience fund

We have developed an Experience Fund which is aimed at supporting innovative projects that will have an immediate impact on the student experience at the University of Birmingham. The School of Government also supports student-led projects which will positively impact on our students’ time studying here.


Model NATO

The School support up to 6 students to form a delegation at this annual Model NATO Conference to participate in a role play exercise of decision making in NATO. Accompanied by Head of the School of Government, Professor Mark Webber students This is held in Washington D.C. Students in previous years have represented France, Turkey and the United States.

‘The entire experience afforded me some fantastic skills and experiences that I would not have had otherwise… Model NATO 2018 was one of the most valuable experiences of my life.’

Bryony Pike, International Development Student, Model NATO 2018

Debates and Speaking events

The Lunchtime Special series gives students the chance to debate their thoughts on a contentious topic with leading academics at a lunchtime. We also organise Politics in the Pub and Speed Debating nights.  

Degrees and courses