Ollie’s degree in International Relations has given him a truly global perspective.

Whether it is issues surrounding trade, agriculture or transport, he has learnt that there is a cause and effect chain where issues in one country can affect the lives of those living in another.

Ollie’s degree has encouraged him to become independent in terms of research and analysis and he recognises that he has had to really push himself to get the most out of his studies.


What are the top attributes you’ve developed through your degree?

Accept the responsibilities that come from taking a global perspective:

I do an International Relationship degree – the main thing I think I’ve got out of it is getting a truly global perspective in that you realise that whether it’s trade or agriculture or transport that the world is kind of interconnected; there’s a chain, there’s cause and effect chains, so decisions that are made here in England from as little as where you buy clothes or food up to what the Government’s investing in will definitely have an impact overseas.

Acquire and apply knowledge in a rigorous way:

Being a student you have to learn how to stick to deadlines, you have to learn how to be independent, how to do research by yourself, how to write up things and self-analyse and self-criticise and really push yourself towards something better or push yourself so that you’re really giving the best of yourself – the best depiction of your work in everything that you do. The way that the course is split means that you can’t just ignore lectures, you can’t ignore seminars or course work, you can’t not do the reading; you really have to put all of yourself into every aspect of it if you want to get the most out of your degree.

What are the top attributes you’ve developed through a chosen module?

Accept the responsibilities that come from taking a global perspective:

The module I’ve probably most enjoyed was a module I did in 2nd year called the Politics of International Development which basically focussed on which countries in the world are developed, which aren’t as developed and how they got to be there, why aren’t all states as rich as America is, why are some underdeveloped and what are the different processes that got them to those states. You look at things like international aid, about trade and the different arguments about whether they help or hinder states to develop. You also look at different forms of developed over time so whether it is through industrialisation, through feudal periods, through capitalism, you look at states that have had socialist or communist pasts and how that’s affected their development.