2014 has been another exciting and action-packed year in the School of Government and International Affairs. I have the privilege of being Head of School and my favourite moment has to have been our Finalists’ Summer Picnic, which took place in the Master’s Garden of University College on a sunny afternoon a few days before Congregation. Over Pimms and cream scones, our soon-to-be graduates told me of their plans for the coming year and I was frankly bowled over by the high calibre jobs they were moving into, the spread of international destinations, and the enthusiasm for progressing into further study through Master’s programmes and PhDs. I was struck by just what amazing graduates we have and I am very much hoping that as many of them as possible will stay in touch with us and help us to continue building on the successes of the School to enhance the experience for future student intakes.
You are part of that success story and I would like to extend the invitation to you to be part of our future as well. We are really interested in all kinds of contribution that you could make. For example, as the global job market becomes ever more competitive, we realise that our students need help in working out what careers they would like to move into and what they need to do to make it happen. It may be that your company could offer our current students internships, or that you would yourself be interested in acting as a mentor to a student interested in working in your field. Or you might be willing to return in person and talk to our students about how you shaped your own career. Maybe you have lived or worked in the regions of the world that we study and can give a lecture which will bring a place or a subject alive. Or maybe you can participate in, and support us, as we develop our student field trips, both within the UK and abroad. By showing our current students what you have achieved, you can build the confidence and inspiration for them to follow in your footsteps.
If you don’t have the time or the opportunity to get involved in these ways, we would still love to hear from you. You might be surprised how moving academic staff find it to see former students returning to see us, families and careers in tow. It makes what we do worthwhile. So if you are interested in getting in touch, please fill in the form below.
I very much look forward to hearing from you,
Professor Emma C. Murphy
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