Zeyna Fall, BA (Hons) International Development and NGO Management Graduate
“Having grown up in a developing country I knew I wanted to do something to improve the quality of other people’s lives. Studying international development seemed like a great way to gain the skills and knowledge to be able to do this. The course was recommended to me by a friend who knew about my lifelong goal to work for the United Nations.
UEL was the perfect choice for me. The location was perfect as my daughter was a baby when I decided to undertake my further education. The assistance and support of the academic staff was constant throughout my student life. I have nothing but appreciation for all my lecturers for all the attention, guidance, advice and unfaltering support they have given to me throughout my studies.
As well as the lectures and seminars delivered by UEL’s expert academics, we had inspirational talks from guest speakers including former students such as Firoz Patel who after graduating has gone on to set up his own charity and gave us all invaluable advice and insight into life after graduating.
The key part of the International Development with NGO management course is the compulsory placement module. I did a four month internship at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Senegal during my second year. This allowed me to gain practical experience within an international development agency and I developed transferrable skills such as planning, organisation, interpersonal and translation. The experience of working within an international development work setting has broadened my prospects for my future and I really feel I will be more attractive for potential employers.
I have now completed my degree achieving first class honours, this is my greatest achievement. I’m now looking forward to enrolling onto a Master’s program and hope to find my dream job within the UN.”
Eleanor McGill, BA (Hons) International Development with Anthropology Graduate
“During my three years at UEL I was presented with a host of opportunities to get involved in to not only broaden my academic experience but also gain practical experience.
Eleanor McGill graduated from UEL in International Development with Anthropology in 2014. Studying at UEL gave her many opportunities to take her learning outside the classroom, including three study trips to Uganda with the help of the Going Global fund. An engaged and highly motivated student, Eleanor seized the opportunities UEL offered, including Shark Stopping, a campaign which aimed to raise awareness of predatory money lenders amongst students to prevent them from being exploited.
Eleanor was also able to become a Money Mentor and get paid by UEL to deliver financial literacy classes to local sixth form students, giving her the chance to further work towards combating financial exploitation by encouraging young people to be more aware of money issues.
“Through studying at UEL I got more than a degree. It opened up the many opportunities for me in both the UK and abroad. These opportunities not only helped me enhance my CV but also helped me learn what I was passionate about and led me into the job I am in now. If I had the choice again I would choose UEL because of the invaluable experiences it gave me.”
Clare Lofthouse, BA (Hons) International Development Graduate
It is one of UEL’s proud claims that our graduates help to change our world. Clare Lofthouse is doing exactly that in her role as a consultant for the World Health Organisation. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in International Development in 2011, Clare is currently involved in finding out how reproductive health is being impacted by the Ebola crisis which started in March 2014.
“We are looking into how to restore reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services. Not only that, but also how to improve knowledge and care of how pregnancy is affected by Ebola infection in order to improve the management of maternal and neonatal health, as well as to curb transmission. We want to get down to Case Zero. Hopefully I will be out in the field to follow up on our protocols soon."
Clare’s first role at the World Health Organisation was an intern in the department looking into sexual and reproductive health, with a particular emphasis on emergencies in maternal health. She views her International Development course at UEL as an essential building block to her current position. She appreciated the flexibility the course offered to study subjects outside the core modules. "For example, I took a class on HIV and the psychosocial impact of HIV on those living with the virus, and on the people around them."
"One of the best parts of the course which has always helped me professionally was when I spent my final semester abroad in Egypt in 2011 at the American University in Cairo. This experience led me onto to become interested in the humanitarian sector and taking my Master's on this topic."
My time at UEL helped me set a foundation for what I was going to do next. I tried so hard and I had some great teachers who were very encouraging. With their advice and encouragement I pushed myself to get on several external programmes ranging from a model United Nations in the Netherlands to a study abroad programme in China.
One of the things I liked most about UEL was the diversity in class. Everyone was from everywhere, which brought great stories and experience to the classroom.
I found that I was one of the younger students even though I had had a year out. A lot of people had come out of employment or were working part-time in order to take the course, so they took it seriously."
Indira Kartallozi, MA Refugee Studies Graduate
Indira graduated with an MA in Refugee Studies and is now Director of Chrysalis Family Futures, as well as Migrant Entrepreneurs Network.
“As a refugee myself, since 1992, I have devoted my time to working with refugees and migrants. This program was not only a journey of self-discovery that helped me to reconnect with my identity, but it also opened new horizons for me. After completion, my self-belief grew, my knowledge was greater and I was able to apply what I had learned to new work opportunities. Since completing my studies, I have set up Chrysalis Family Futures, through which I continue to support the most vulnerable of our society, and Migrant Entrepreneurs Network, a global platform for migrant entrepreneurs through which I aim to promote migrants’ positive societal and economic contribution. Reflecting back on my studies, I particularly appreciated the diversity of the UEL and all the support that I was provided throughout.”
Jane Greenstock, MA Refugee Studies Graduate
Jane Greenstock, gained MA in Refugee Studies and is currently Research Analyst at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
"I studied the MA Refugee Studies course part-time over two years. I found it to be an immensely interesting, well-taught and worthwhile course. The knowledge I gained, through access to some excellent teachers and the Refugee Archive collection was exactly what I hoped to get out of the course, which concerns issues that are globally important. I appreciated the fact that the modules were all taught from a refugee-centric point of view and enabled students to understand research methods from different perspectives. It enabled me to secure a research position with an organisation who valued the understanding and experience I gained from the course of researching and working with people who can need support to engage with, and get the best support from, social care services. I have also gone on to provide research consultancy support to a Heritage Lottery funded project looking at Polish migration to Waltham Forest. I was very happy to be able to bring a group of volunteers to the Refugee Archive at UEL, which provided a very useful resource."