"I’ve been extremely fortunate to have collaborated extensively with a range of academics at both the University and across the United Kingdom."
Catalysis or Stasis? Analysing Brexit’s Impact on UK Public and Foreign Policy
My time at Surrey offered three important opportunities:
- To push myself at a university renowned for its research outputs
- The chance to carry out my studies under the guidance of experts and leaders in my field of study
- To contribute to the growth and success of the Centre for Britain and Europe, which has helped make this more than ‘just’ a PhD for me.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have collaborated extensively with a range of academics at both the University and across the United Kingdom. I recently took part in a panel on the impact of Covid-19 in Surrey, allowing me to engage with key stakeholders and understand the challenges facing the county. It was the first time I’ve been involved in a panel, and it reminded me of the times I used to attend such sessions as an undergraduate. It made me feel old!
My supervisors have been very supportive, allowing me the freedom to explore my research area, whilst providing guiding points in regular catchups to help me develop my research. I’ve been particularly grateful for the time they have taken to introduce me to other academics and experts, allowing me to benefit greatly from other peoples’ expertise.
I chose the University of Surrey because it allowed me to work with leading experts in my field, as well as the ability to work within the Centre for Britain and Europe. My first impression of Surrey was that everyone was very helpful and supportive. The teaching staff take a genuine interest in students’ welfare and overall development.
To date I have enjoyed a varied career, working across academia, the private sector, and the civil service. After graduation, I would welcome an opportunity that embraces elements of all three. Ideally, I’d like to apply my thesis into practice in an international-facing role.
I believe being able to showcase a degree from a highly reputable university, in such a talked-about field, will greatly enhance my future career.
Words of advice
Postgraduate study is a challenge, and you need to be honest with yourself if you feel you can meet the demands and expectations. However, never doubt yourself either, especially as it can be an immensely rewarding opportunity!