Category Archives: Alumni

Alumni Careers Event with the POLIR Society

The POLIR Society is bringing alumni back to university. Hear from a panel of 4 alumni speakers who will share the secrets of their career success. You will gain first-hand information and practical advice on various careers paths. Our alumni are able to share invaluable information through open, honest dialogue with the students who attend.

At this event, we aim to highlight unique career possibilities that exist for School of Politics degree holders, helping you envision possibilities for yourself you may never have considered.

Date: 17th March 2021
Time: 2.30pm – 4pm
Link to the event in Teams

FEATURING:

Kami Asamani

As Head of Business Management for Arts Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) our team works in 19 countries in West, Southern and East Africa and the UK to create opportunities and connections for young creatives. My role is to clarify our targets, monitor our progress towards them and shape the governance of our work. 

Leo Wilkinson

Currently policy advisor to Sandro Gozi MEP in the European Parliament, I work on constitutional affairs, EU political parties, EU budget and regional policy. I have also been a trainee in the European Commission’s Spokesperson Service.

Emma Booth

I currently work at Serco and I am seconded into the Ministry of Defence to support them with their external engagement. I previously worked at the Cabinet Office leading on ministerial engagement. I have also worked in public affairs for Defence and Aerospace companies, as well as in UK Parliament. Whilst at the University of Kent, I was Chair of Kent Labour Students and the Social Sciences Faculty Rep. 

Emma Lagerstedt

I graduated in 2019 with a degree in Politics and International Relations with a year abroad at the University of California, Los Angeles. I am currently on my second year of the Policy, Advocacy and Government Affairs (PAGA) graduate scheme at Bristol Myers Squibb, a global pharmaceutical company. In my day-to-day I work within a team to engage with national stakeholders to inform health policy, which can include working on policy reports, feeding into consultations and organising meetings with key stakeholders. We also lead on relationships with patient advocacy groups and work with them to amplify the patient voice within the company and externally.

 

 

Psychology Careers Event on 10th March at 6pm

This event has now finished. If you would like to view the live recording please click here.

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The Psychology Society is running a careers event open to all students. Hear from a panel of 5 alumni from the School of Psychology, as well as Emma Travers-Hill, School of Psychology Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist. With the opportunity to ask the speakers questions at the end of the event.

Date: 10th March
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Link to join event

The speakers for the event are:

Emma Travers-Hill

I started out my career in clinical research and following my PhD went onto my Clinical Doctorate.  Since qualifying I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist in secondary care adult mental health services. More recently, I have been working at the University as a lecturer and have been setting up an honorary contract with the NHS to continue a little clinical work locally.

www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/people/3609/travers-hill-emma

Daniela Zigova

My name is Daniela Zigova and I graduated from University of Kent in 2018 with a degree in Psychology. After graduating, I spent some time volunteering and landed my first job in primary mental health services for adults in Kent. I am currently working as a Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in an IAPT service in Bromley, where I provide CBT-based psychological interventions to adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniela-zigova-msc-9560a516b/

Emma Bannister

I have been working as a Research Officer at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for just over a year. I am also badged to the Government Social Research (GSR) profession which is one of 8 professions in the Government Analysis Function. Currently I am working in data collection however Research Officers at the ONS can work in a variety of roles including production of statistics, conducting qualitative research and using admin data.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-bannister-55a35a184/

Alexandria Olton

Alexandria Olton is a qualified Sport and Exercise psychologist, the Director of Mindology Trinidad and sport columnist for The Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Alexandria works with a wide range of clients from Olympic level athletes to juniors and grassroots, in developing positive mental skills and achieving optimal performance.   

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandria-olton-12404596/

Sarah Sodimu

I’m Sarah and I work as an Assistant Psychologist in Paediatric Psychology and am doing my masters in Research in Clinical Psychology.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-sodimu-mbpss-242749179/

Kyle Sherry

After graduating from the University of Kent in 2018, I pursued a Master’s degree in Occupational Psychology. The content of this course, paired with my undergraduate degree, led me into a Change Management role within a local government setting. From here I moved into the Civil Service, where I currently work as an Insight & Service Design Manager at the Health & Safety Executive.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-sherry-ab957b151/

Annie Hastings

My name is Annie Hastings, I am a mental health adviser with Mind, the mental health charity. I have experience working in the mental health sector in both charitable organisations and within the NHS. I aim to further my career focusing on mental health and forensic psychology.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/annie-hastings-5310b9120/

 

 

 

POLIR Alumni Careers Panel for EMPFEST 21st October 2pm

Listen to POLIR Alumni talk about their careers since graduation followed by a Q&A with students.

Wednesday 21st October 2020, 2pm – 3.30pm

Sign Up Here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=6731&service=Careers+Service

The School of Politics and International Relations online alumni careers panel followed by a Q&A session with students. The event is part of the University wide EMPFEST – focused on highlighting career options and opportunities to students.

School alumni sharing their advice, wisdom and experience with students looking to pursue a similar career.

Speakers for online POLIR Alumni Panel – EMPFEST

Scott Macdonald – Head of Good Governance Fund, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Sherah Beckley – Client Engagement Manager, Natural Capital Partners

Sulmaan Hanif – Business Development Director, Gartner

Rebecca Sangster-Kelly – Management Consultant, Chaucer

Kristina Block – Global Planning Editor, BBC News

 

 

Volunteering for the Brussels Forum 2020

GMF’s Brussels Forum Volunteer Program

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is seeking volunteers to support operations at GMF’s Brussels Forum, a world-renowned international foreign and security policy conference. The Forum will take place June 25–26, 2020, at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel in Brussels.

Volunteers will get first-hand experience providing operational support for a major international conference, attend exclusive events, and expand their professional network.

Why You Should Participate

GMF offers the opportunity for highly motivated students and young professionals to take part in the logistical coordination of GMF’s Brussels Forum conference. Volunteers will be offered the opportunity to work with a variety of teams including communications, security, guest relations, transportation, and production. Volunteers will also be able to participate in parts of the official conference.

Participation in the Brussels Forum Volunteer Program will count favorably towards a future Young Professionals Summit application, as well as other GMF events and programs.

* Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer position for a period of approximately one week. GMF will provide lunch and dinner during the conference. However, we ask that you arrange your own accommodation and transportation during your stay in Brussels.

Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work within a team
  • Ability to work in an intercultural and fast-paced environment
  • Fluency in English and preferably another European language
  • Flexibility to work long and demanding hours
  • Interest in transatlantic relations
  • Experience in event management is a plus, but not necessary
  • Full availability during the days of the conference (June 26-29)

If you have any preference and/or experience in one of the following fields (security, guest relations, production, transportation assistance, and/or media), please indicate it in your cover letter.

Dates

Volunteers are expected to be fully available for the days of and day before the conference June 24–26 and partially available for the days preceding the conference June 21–23. Depending on availability, volunteers can also help with conference preparations from June 16–19.

How to Apply

To apply please send a cover letter and a resume to Zachary Tarrant at ztarrant@gmfus.org. The deadline to apply is at midnight on April 3, 2020.

For further information, or if you have any questions, please email Zachary Tarrant at ztarrant@gmfus.org.

POLIR Alumni Careers Panel on 16th October 2019

For EMPFEST 2019 hear from a panel of School alumni who will share the secrets of their career success in Politics and International Relations.

Date: Wednesday 16th October 2019
Time:  2pm – 4pm
Location: KLT3
Please signup at https://careers.kent.ac.uk/

You will gain first-hand information and practical advice on various careers paths. Our alumni are able to share invaluable career tips through open, honest dialogue with the students who attend.

At this event, we aim to highlight unique career possibilities that exist for School of Politics degree holders, helping you envision possibilities for yourself you may never have considered. The event wraps up with a networking session where attendees can mix and mingle with all of the panellists.

Alumni Speaker Biography’s

Kami Asamani
Business Manager Arts Sub-Saharan Africa, British Council
Kami was appointed as Head Business Management Arts SSA at the British Council in February 2018. Prior to this, Kami worked as Programmes Manager Ethiopia and from 2009-2015 as a Project Delivery Manager in the British Council’s Education and Society business unit. Kami has long been associated with and interested in the creative sector and is excited by seeing young people gain access to new skills. Kami has a BA in Politics and International Relations and an LLM in International Law and International Relations, both from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Kami is passionate about learning about other cultures, especially African countries and Japan. She loves cooking and eating healthy food whilst sharing creative food ideas @kamiasamani.

Joseph Dutton
Policy Adviser at E3G
Joseph Dutton is a Policy Adviser at energy and climate change think-thank E3G, working on UK and EU energy, infrastructure, and climate change policy. He previously worked as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Energy Policy Group on the politics of UK and European energy policy and renewable energy development. He has held a number of roles in the energy, including in academic research, market analysis, and consultancy. He completed his undergraduate in Conflict, Peace and Security (2008) and MA in International Relations and European Studies (2010).

Kevin McNamara
Freelance Digital Communications and Campaigns Expert
Since graduating from the University of Kent, Kevin has been a parliamentary candidate on several occasions and worked on a number of campaigns, including being one of the organisers who got Catherine Bearder re-elected in 2014, as well as playing leading roles in successful Liberal Democrat campaigns in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Kevin has since turned his attention to working on other projects with social good at their heart, supporting projects like Nature 2030 and Empower as well as volunteering as a governor for his local NHS Trust which has a budget of over £300m.

Tom Spare
Executive Officer for Transitions and Engagement with Student Support Services, Cardiff University
I graduated from University of Kent in 2013, studying a BA in Politics. My career, thus far, has been in Universities, working at two Students’ Unions in student representation, education and policy, and now at Cardiff University as Executive Officer (Transitions and Engagement). I help oversee International Arrivals for around 750 international students and run events to help integrate international students in the wider university community. I also engage with vulnerable groups such as estranged students, student carers and care leavers, asylum seekers and Armed Forces Veterans. I work within the Student Support and Wellbeing Division that assists in every element of student life, from careers to counselling, from money advice to study abroad. Ask me questions If you are interested in a non-academic career in HE or want to understand what it’s like working for a University/Students’ Union.

Misha Upadhyaya
Stakeholder and Engagement Officer at Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
After completing her undergraduate degree and Masters at Kent, Misha left to join Thames Valley Police as a Civilian Counter Terrorism Officer. For over two years Misha led on Police work for the Government’s Prevent programme which aims to safeguarding vulnerable people away from radicalisation and extremism in the Thames Valley area. She worked extensively with the community to safeguard individuals from a myriad of risks. After this, Misha joined NHS England as the London and South of England’s Regional Prevent Coordinator where she oversaw the implementation and safeguarding legislation in the form of the Prevent statutory duty in over 150 health care organisations. Misha now works for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime where she leads on engagement and policy for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s, Countering Violent Extremism programme. In her free time Misha volunteers as a co-opted School Governor for safeguarding for at her local primary school.

 

 

 

ALUMNI CAREERS PANEL EVENT, 6TH FEBRUARY, 1pm-3pm, GLT2

Alumni Careers In…
Public Affairs, Public Relations, Engagement and Lobbying

Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 1pm – 3pm

Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

The School of Politics and International Relations is bringing Alumni back to campus. Hear from a panel of 4 alumni speakers who will share the secrets of their career success in Politics and International Relations…

FEATURING:

Misha Upadhyaya
Stakeholder and Engagement Officer at Mayor’s Office
for Policing and Crime
After completing her undergraduate degree and Masters at Kent, Misha Upadhyaya left to join Thames Valley Police as a Civilian Counter Terrorism Officer. For over two years Misha led on Police work for the Government’s Prevent programme which aims to safeguarding vulnerable people away from radicalisation and extremism in the Thames Valley area. She worked extensively with the community to safeguard individuals from a myriad of risks. After this, Misha joined NHS England as the London and South of England’s Regional Prevent Coordinator where she oversaw the implementation and safeguarding legislation in the form of the Prevent statutory duty in over 150 health care organisations; including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Acute, Community and Mental Health Trusts and Foundations Trusts. As part of the regional safeguarding team, Misha worked on a variety of safeguarding risks (Radicalisation, FGM, VAWG, etc). Misha was also part of the national safeguarding team and took a portfolio of Prevent based communications. After spending a couple of years in this role, Misha now works for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime where she leads on engagement and policy for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s, Countering Violent Extremism programme. In her free time Misha volunteers as a co-opted School Governor for safeguarding for at her local primary school.

Matthew Partridge
Head of Recruitment and Retention Strategy for the
National Education Union
Matt Partridge studied a BA Hons in Politics and International Relations at Kent from 2009-2012. Involved in many campaigns and organisations whilst studying, Matt initially began work straight out of university with a public relations firm in London.  Shortly after Matt began his current career in the trade union movement.  Initially working for the education union the ATL, Matt soon secured a place on the Trade Union Congress’ Organising Academy; a yearlong program designed to recruit and develop organisers and leaders of the trade union movement.  After completing this course Matt took a full time role with the teaching union the NASUWT as an Organiser.  In 2014 Matt took his career ‘down-under’ to work with the Australian higher education union the National Tertiary Education Industrial Union as a National Branch Organiser.  Returning in 2015 to work on Labour’s general election campaign he briefly worked in an organising role for UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector union, before securing an organising post with a union he had always dreamed of working for; the National Union of Teachers.  Working first in an organising role then as a negotiator and casework official, Matt played a key role in amalgamating the NUT with the ATL to form the National Education Union in September 2017.  Matt is now working in the union’s head office in a strategy role managing a team responsible for ensuring teaching remains a highly unionised industry and the NEU the largest education union in Europe.

James MacCleary
Campaigns Director for the European Movement UK
James MacCleary is a political campaigns professional with nearly 15 years’ experience working in politics and public affairs. James developed his skills working for the Liberal Democrats who he has also represented as a local councillor where he lives with his family in Sussex.  James has also worked in animal welfare and led successful human behaviour change campaigns for the RSPCA, and led the establishment of an expanded advocacy presence for Cats Protection. James is now both Campaign Director for the European Movement UK and Co-Director of Campaigns for the People’s Vote.  James is currently leading one of the largest grassroots political campaigns in the UK pressing for a public vote on the final Brexit deal.

Rory Murray
Senior Public Affairs Adviser, Royal College of Physicians
Rory studied Politics and International Relations graduating in 2015. During his final year he stood for election as a full time officer for Kent Union, initially as Vice President (Welfare) and then being re-elected as Kent Union President the following year. During his time at Kent Union he led on a community approach to tackling harassment in the night economy, securing £120,000 to reduce cost barriers for students and leading a strategy review. Rory was then appointed as a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessor working for the higher education regulator the Office for Students. After finishing at Kent Union he went on to work for the Royal College of Physicians, initially as a public affairs adviser and then promoted to senior public affairs adviser. In this role Rory leads on the college’s public affairs and campaigning activity working across a broad range of areas from workforce, public health, tech and artificial intelligence. Rory works to ensure the voices of the colleges 36,000 members are heard across Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels. In this role Rory also manages a small team supporting the college’s campaigns and policy objectives. In addition to this role Rory is also studying part-time for a MSC at Birkbeck in Child, Youth and International Development.

You will gain first-hand information and practical advice on various careers paths. Our alumni are able to share invaluable information through open, honest dialogue with the students who attend. The event wraps up with a networking session where attendees can mix and mingle with all of the panelists.

Alumni Pub Night!

Alumni Pub Nights, is Kent’s social and networking series for alumni and students. The next pub night is on Tuesday 27 November with our current Alumni Postgraduate Scholars coming along to speak to thank alumni for their support and speak to current students about life as a PhD student. The last pub night before Christmas so be sure not to miss it!

As usual, it’s not just about the theme (Meet the Scholars!) feel free to come along if you would just like to catch up with fellow alumni in the Canterbury area.

Students welcome! Not to worry if you have no interest in further study you can still attend to meet other alumni in the area who work in a range of careers. A great networking opportunity plus…

ONE FREE DRINK + HOT SNACKS PROVIDED!

Register here – https://alumni.kent.ac.uk/events/event-name-alumni-pub-night-meet-the-scholars-november-2018

EMPFEST 2018 Alumni Careers Panel Event

 As part of EMPFEST 2018, the School of Politics and International Relations is bringing Alumni back to campus.

Hear from a panel of 5 alumni speakers who will share the secrets of their career success in Politics and International Relations…

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time:  2pm – 4pm
Location: COLT3 – Cornwallis South East (Octagon)
SIGNUP

FEATURING:

Annette Fisher
Freelance Social Accountability Practitioner &
Participatory Action Researcher

Jonathan Millins
Head of Office for the East of England European Partnership

Mitchell Adams
Content Manager, Dods Parliamentary Communications

Scott Macdonald
Deputy Head of the Iraq Team at the
Department for International Development

Sulmaan Hanif
Regional Manager, Middle East and Africa,
The Economist Intelligence Unit

Our alumni’s career experiences include the Civil Service; European Government; International Research and Global Public Affairs.

You will gain first-hand information and practical advice on various careers paths. Our alumni are able to share invaluable information through open, honest dialogue with the students who attend.

At this event, we aim to highlight unique career possibilities that exist for School of Politics degree holders, helping you envision possibilities for yourself you may never have considered. The event wraps up with a networking session where attendees can mix and mingle with all of the panellists.

Alumni needed for Discussion on the Value of Volunteering

The School of Politics and International Relations is looking for alumni to join our Careers and Employability Panel event discussing the Value of Volunteering. The panellists will look at how the skills, experience and contacts gained though volunteering have contributed to their professional life.

DATE: Thursday 11th October
TIME: 4.15pm – 6pm
LOCATION: Canterbury Campus

Looking at the Value of Volunteering in various career paths, how to make the most of voluntary work and how to effectively demonstrate your volunteering experience in the recruitment process. There will also be a Q&A session and a networking drinks reception after the talk.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in participating. Many thanks!

Charlotte

JOB TITLE
Postgraduate Student and Parliamentary Intern

INDUSTRY
Postgraduate Study/Politics

EMPLOYER
LSE/Sajid Javid MP

 

I originally come from Surrey, and during my time at Kent, I studied Politics and International Relations. My interests include politics, musicals, travelling, and trying out new restaurants and cafes, which is why I enjoyed my time living in Canterbury!

I found out about the course whilst researching different courses and universities online. I was very impressed by the range of modules available compared to other universities, and I really liked the campus when I attended the open day.

I completed a number of internships before and during my time at Kent to improve my CV. I was also on the committee of Kent University Conservative Association (KUCA), where I was Secretary in second year and Chairman in third year. I also attended Debating and Model United Nations, where I attended a conference at Reading University. Societies played a very important role during my time at Kent; they’re a great way to make friends and meet like minded people, and I met some of my good friends through societies.

Since my gap year before university I have tried to gain as much work experience as possible. Over the years I have done internships in Parliament, the Civil Service, the charity sector and in public affairs. These internships have been proven to be very valuable since they have allowed me to broaden my skills, as well as providing me with a clearer idea of what I want to do following my studies.

Today, I am studying for my Masters in Public Policy and Administration at the LSE, and I intern for Sajid Javid MP once a week as part of the LSE Parliamentary Internship Scheme. The scheme was one of the reasons why I applied to LSE, and even though I had already completed an internship in Parliament, I really wanted to return to gain more experience.

During my internship in Parliament I assisted with organising the annual jobs fair in Bromsgrove, which is Sajid’s constituency. This involved recruiting local and national businesses to exhibit, as well as other administrative tasks relating to the fair. I was very fortunate to help out on the day, especially since my previous internship in Parliament didn’t involve constituency visits. It ended up being the biggest Bromsgrove jobs fair yet, and I was very glad to hear that attendees were receiving job offers in a matter of weeks after the fair took place.

I think that my time at university shaped my principles, and since graduation they’ve been reinforced. Before university I didn’t care much about networking or setting goals, and I was too scared to try new things. However, during my time at university and my internships I realised that these principles were very beneficial.

The one piece of advice I would offer to current students is get some relevant work experience or get involved with societies while you’re still at university. The job market is very competitive, so it is very important to stand out. However, make sure it doesn’t get in the way with your studies.