What made you decide to do this MA programme?
MA European Parliament Studies is a unique programme which offers the opportunity to take a placement in the European Parliament in Brussels. I had my BA in European Politics and my previous MA on International Studies and I was looking for a specific MA which gives you the chance to acquire working experience along with knowledge. Fortunately the University of Leeds gives the chance to fulfil this dream through the specific programme of study.
Why did you choose to study at POLIS?
Because I love POLIS department: the University of Leeds; and the City of Leeds. I studied here for my BA and my previous MA and I recognise that is a department with a huge dynamic in Politics and which offers a unique chance to study and learn unique courses that other Universities do not dare to deal with such as Environmental Politics which is a vital subject in the politics of 21st Century; Conflict Studies and of course my favourite programme which is the one that I am dealing with now -MA European Parliamentary Studies.
What do you think of your course so far – How has it matched your expectations?
It is just brilliant. There are no words that can describe my excitement. I had a really nice time in Brussels working for an MEP and watching closely how the EU works and passes its regulations and directives. The placement helped me to realise the importance of the knowledge I have gained throughout the years in the University of Leeds.
What have you enjoyed most about the course so far?
What would you say about the facilities in the School and at the University in general?
The University of Leeds is one of the largest Universities in the UK so it is reasonable to have all the facilities that a student needs. You can find everything you need in the libraries and you can use computer facilities any time you want because of the 24-hour clusters. I really like Brotherton Library and Bragg Clusters.
What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
APPLY AND DO IT NOW!
Tell us about your favourite lecturer.
During my 5 years of study, in the University of Leeds, I had really great lecturers. All of them were brilliant, really willing and helpful with amazing knowledge for the subject they are teaching. This year, during the first semester Dr. Nick Robinson and Dr. Neil Winn were my main lecturers. Both of them have the characteristics of a really good lecturer. Friendly, willing to teach you, helpful and endless knowledge for their subject.
What do you hope to be doing once you graduate?
I am still trying to figure this out. I will return back to my country, Cyprus, and start looking for job in the EU countries and basically in Cyprus, Greece, UK and Belgium. Furthermore I need to learn another one European Language (maybe French or Spanish) in order to broad my options.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Usually I'm going to the gym, reading books (I recommend to everyone 'The Eight' by Catherine Neville), going out clubbing, I really enjoy a good movie or inviting some really good friends home.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to travel around the world if I get the chance but at the moment this seems to be a 'keep dreaming' plan. Thus first of all I need to find a good job relevant with my studies and if I get the chance to do a PHD at the University of Leeds.
Is there anything you would change about POLIS?
Maybe it needs to be moved to a bigger place. Nothing else.