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Our inspirational graduates, if you decide to join Durham University, you’ll be in good company.

Many of our graduates have gone on to do great things in the fields of government, law, science, academia, business, arts, journalism and athletics. Our alumni community is active and an excellent resource for your future.
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I loved the fact that I could tailor my degree to exactly what I wanted to do. The flexibility of the course has been a great step in my pursuit of a career in research.

Isabel Airas
MSc in Global Politics

The Dimova-Cookson Award for Academic Excellence in Social Criticism 2022

This academic year the Dimova-Cookson Award for Academic Excellence in Social Criticism has been won by Oliver Barber, a third year SGIA finalist. This award is sponsored by a former student, Amarvir Singh Bal.

The award is for outstanding performance in the summative assignments of the module, "Theories of Liberty". The award recognises specific excellence in addressing issues of race, ethnicity and culture, as well as general excellence across the whole module.

The module ‘Theories of Liberty’ studies how the concept of liberty is used by both sides of ideological divides; how it inspires struggles for liberation but can lead to revolutionary terror; how it is embedded in human development but is also implicated in the colonial projects of the modern age. Oliver’s critical point on the topic of ‘Colonialism Modernity of Freedom’ demonstrated an excellent grasp of different approaches to freedom and their complex interrelations.


The range of topics covered is both challenging and exciting, with sizeable reading lists to sink your teeth into. The highlight for me has been both the approachability and friendliness of the staff, who have always been more than happy to go into more detail and point me in the right direction for further study.

Cormac Healy
MSc in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Alumni Students

See below for testimonies from a diverse selection of our brilliant Alumni speaking about their experiences with us. These include students who studied with us through a number of different programmes.


Alumni Student Videos

Laura Frisiani - BA POlitics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), 2017

Hear from Laura who now works as a consultant for Hystra

Max Parry - BA Philosophy and Polictics, 2019

Max is now an Intellectual Capital Assistant @ Baillie Gifford and speaks about his time in SGIA
Max Parry Alumni

Edward Evans - BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 2019

Edward is now working as Head of Growth at Minimum Business Solutions
Edward Evans

Student Videos

Pooja Kumari - BA History and Politics Combined Hons, 2011

Pooja is now a policy manager at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Zainah El-Harain - BA Politics, MENA Region, 2016

Zainah speaks about her experience studying in SGIA and is currently working as Editorial Assistant for the Jerusalem Quarterly Journal.

Alumni Collated Video Content

Video combining all of the Alumni student testimonies can be viewed here

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