Jaya - Politics and International Relations
Studied: BA(Hons) Politics (now BA(Hons) Politics and International Relations).
What attracted you to the course?
I chose politics because the subject interested me and I wanted to broaden my horizons. My favourite part of the course has been the political philosophy element, which had been a subject I didn’t know about before I started my degree.
I have studied three different modules around this subject (one each year) and in these modules I have learnt the most and challenged what I believe in. One of the best things about the course is that there are not loads of students on it, so in each class there is always a familiar and friendly face which leads to a great community feel.
What's it like to be a student at UWE Bristol?
I have made some amazing friends here but don’t be surprised if your friendship groups change between first and third years. I have also met some great lecturers in my time at UWE Bristol, never be afraid to approach them because the lecturers really do want to help you.
What are the advantages of studying your subject in Bristol?
Bristol is a great place to live because it is a very diverse city, my advice would be to explore as much as you can and look beyond Clifton as being the be all and end all of the city!
Instead of doing a dissertation, I did a 'Politics in the workplace' module and through this, I got involved in volunteering with the British Red Cross which has been brilliant and I would urge anyone to give volunteering a go!
What skills are you gaining from your course?
I have definitely learnt how to prioritise and time manage and also how to disseminate information accurately. I have learnt how to present through delivering presentations, which are an invaluable opportunity to practice your presentation skills, although it might not feel like that at the time!
How does the course prepare you for your postgraduate career?
It has made me realise that I don’t want to have a job for the sake of having a job and I would really like a career where I feel that I am doing something in the world rather than just making money. I had never considered studying for a masters after completing my degree but perhaps once I have a job I would like to study part time towards one.
What’s your favourite thing about Bristol?
Walking along the Harbourside in the sun or sitting in Queen Square with friends. Also Bristol is a great place to live especially if you have never lived in a city before and it is close to Cardiff and Bath which are also good places to visit.
What is the main selling point of this course for future students?
Small classes and friendly lecturers make UWE Bristol a good place to learn but you should bear in mind that the more you put in to learning the more you get out!
How do the facilities assist you in your studies?
The library offers a great range of books but I would get in there early if you are writing on a popular topic! The online library has been incredibly useful especially with access to the journals and if you have any problems the librarians are super helpful.