Growing up in one of the most deprived boroughs in the country whilst living in the shadow of the finical district of London, triggered a strong sense of injustice and exclusion from an early age. I quickly became politically active and seeking further clarity decided to study towards a degree in Politics and International Relations at Loughborough University. My undergraduate degree raised more questions than answers so postgraduate study was the obvious route to take.
Why I Chose Global Development at Leeds
Poverty and social exclusion are not new problems, they are enduring ones which effect communities in both the global north and south. Globalisation necessitates international reciprocity not just for humanitarian reasons but also for our own well-being and increasingly security. The school of Politics and International Studies has an enviable reputation and is home to some of the most esteemed academics in their field.
My course and experience at Leeds
Eventually I would like to work for NGO that specialises in humanitarian relief. My course has given me the academic grounding to be able to approach potential employers with confidence and passion. My time at Leeds University was wholly positive. My most enjoyable experience would be the probing debates I had with fellow students and professors during seminars.
Learning Facilities and School Support
As you would expect the facilities at the University are world class. As a Masters student and a bit of a night-owl I particularly appreciated 24 hour access to library facilities and computer labs. My tutors went far beyond what should be expected from a member of staff, to ensure that I was comfortable with course material and even after graduating still offer me guidance and support.
Since graduating I have had my work published on the Guardian website and I have been able to take advantage of a number of campaigning opportunities in the UK and US. The University of Leeds and the POLIS department in particular, have played a major role in securing me both paid and voluntary work as employers know that graduates have a reputation for adding value wherever they go.
My Current Role
I'm currently preparing a PhD application and will be participating in a piece of research on behalf of the think tank Compass concerning youth. Additionally I will be researching environment and policing policy on behalf of the Tower Hamlets Labour party to form the backbone of their 2014 manifesto document.
Career advice for current students
The economy isn't in a good place at the moment and you will get plenty of rejection letters. Have confidence in your own abilities, knowing that your degree from Leeds is a passport that can take you places.