Careers In Politics and International Relations


The Politics and International Relations courses have a strong focus on helping students into employment after graduation and the careers team work closely with the course team to ensure that students hear about potential opportunities and have the skills and information required to apply. This focus and partnership have been successful in supporting students into new career paths after they graduate. For example this year, BA Hons Politics graduate Hayden Ridsdale has been accepted on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme after hearing about the scheme through a careers talk given by Careers Advisor Georgina Larkin, as part of the Politics Course.

The Graduate Management Training Scheme is ranked amongst the top 5 leadership development programmes in the UK and is highly competitive. Hayden started applying in October 2019, and had to go through numerous steps as part of the application process that took 7 months overall. This included an online application, five online tests (situational judgement, personality profiling, numerical, verbal and critical reasoning) a video interview and an assessment. The careers team supported Hayden throughout. They and the PIR team are delighted with Hayden’s success. For more information about the scheme and other opportunities for Politics and International Relations graduates, please contact Georgina Larkin at

Student Success!

The Politics and International Relations group saw another excellent year, both in terms of student satisfaction (scoring 96% in the National Student Satisfaction Survey for Politics) and the successes of our students in completing their courses. Of particular note were the students awarded prizes for their work. Overall 4 Dean’s Prizes for Excellence in Politics and International Relations were awarded. There were 2 prizes for Best Independent Projects in Politics and International Relations, which were awarded to Taylor Crane ( BA hons Politics) and Robin Nelson (BA hons International Relations and Peace Studies) . There were also 2 awards for Best Overall Performance in Politics and International Relations, which were awarded to Hannah Temme (BA hons International Relations and Global Development) and Hayden Ridsdale (BA hons Politics). We also received the fantastic news that Hayden has already been accepted on to the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, after successfully passing a highly competitive selection process – congratulations Hayden!
In addition to the Dean’s Prizes in Excellence, the Oxford University Press Achievement in Politics Prize was awarded to Ayasha Imran. This prize is awarded to students who have demonstrated hard work, commitment and the greatest improvement in their work. Ayasha, who graduated this year with a high 2.1 in Politics is a very worthy winner of this prize and we’re delighted to be able to reward her dedication to her studies. Congratulations to all our prize winners, and to all our students who have graduated this year.

Brexit Update

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Latest Update on the Brexit process by PIR student Jaclyn Raymond

June Blog installment

Going into June, the Brexit negotiations once again picked up more steam in the way they were conducted with both sides restating what they wanted out of any agreement so as to ensure that both sides understood where compromise has to be made. However, this new momentum would not last for too long into the month as when disagreements once again came up, both sides struggled to move towards compromise. As time rolled into mid-June, the rhetoric once again took on a more desperate tone with many asking for Johnson to take on a more solid tone with how he was going to handle the potential need for an extension to the deadline. Johnson in response to these calls stayed perhaps overly optimistic (whether false or not is up to one’s own interpretation) stating that while the talks need a bit more ‘oomph’ in his opinion, a deal being made by July is possible from how he sees it.

On the other side of the debate in Europe, many within the EU have begin to prepare for an ever more possible no-deal Brexit, particularly in Germany, with Chancellor Merkel stating that a no-deal Brexit would ‘not be a personal failure’ to her but that the UK would have to ‘live with the consequences’ of a no-deal. While this is very dramatic, it is understandably so due to the German economy having many vested interests in the British economy. The debate within the EU itself is slightly different, taking on a more frustrated tone with compromises they make being shot down as well as having to shoot down British proposals. This frustration was shown when on numerous occasions the lead negotiators have said that ‘no significant progress has been made’ which is a slight overstatement as there have been partial advances in the deal, however the frustration on both sides is definitely starting to show.

While Johnson has refused to commit to any extension of the deadline, the government has said no matter the outcome of Brexit, they fully intent to ‘keep trade flowing’ between the UK and EU. Overall, while June was heralded previously as a month of much potential progress, there has been significantly less than expected. However, on a more positive note, both the Brexit and UK-American negotiations have been making slow progress and neither have broken down completely. There is still opportunities to ensure progress can be made, however whether it can be done without any extensions is left to be seen as the months wear on.