More about Robyn
"I have been politically active since I was 17 and wanted to develop my skillset in order to get a job in politics. Studying a master's degree at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) helped me to secure a job working on the General Election campaign as a Local Organiser for the Labour Party.
"I completed an undergraduate degree at NTU in International Relations with French, before deciding to stay on for another year to do a master's. I found the modules on the MA International Relations course to be of particular interest, as they were more diverse than at other universities.
"For me, the lecturers are what makes this course a success. They each have a speciality region and a passion for their own focus. This means that whichever topic interests you in international relations, there is a professional who can guide you through your academic work and the dissertation module. All of the lecturers have gone out of their way to support us with assessments and understanding the modules. They are very helpful and approachable if you have a problem with anything.
"The library is much bigger than some of the other universities I visited and I love that it is open 24 hours a day; when writing a dissertation and throughout exam periods this has been a life saver. A number of the other universities I visited didn’t pay for online journal access as NTU does, and this unlimited access has been really helpful for my research.
"I often go to the Students’ Union (SU) with course mates and friends for breaks and to get lunch. The SU is a good venue for nights out as well and it offers a wide range of events to suit everyone’s tastes such as international events, rock night and beach parties.
"During my undergraduate studies I spent three years at the Clifton campus. The gym there is amazing. The membership fee is perfect for students and there is also a wide variety of classes which are included in the membership. These are on all day so that there is always something to do which can fit around your studies.
"Using NOW has been an essential part of my studies at NTU. I have found it very useful to recap on lecture notes and to access further reading and resources which has greatly improved my learning. The master's course has longer timetabled days and so being able to re-read the notes and look at extra links provided on NOW has been really useful to refresh my memory and extend my knowledge of a subject.
"I have worked part-time throughout my master's degree for the Labour Party. Over the General Election period I was required to work full-time, which required a lot of commitment to keep up with the course and the assessments. However, the lecturers were very understanding and supported me in this decision as it was a beneficial opportunity.
"Over the last year my research skills have really improved due to the level of study at master's level. This will really help me in the future as I am applying for positions which require research skills relating to legislation, policies and international situations.
"The postgraduate community is much more diverse than at undergraduate level with all of us having different backgrounds and aspirations for the future. Everyone on my course is really friendly and we regularly socialise and help each other with our studies.
"Studying at postgraduate level has broadened my horizons and has made me conscious of how many different careers are available in research. I think that by doing a postgraduate degree I feel more confident to apply for graduate jobs. I really enjoy working in politics and on election campaigns, so I’d like a job in this sector. I would love to work for the European Parliament in the future as a researcher for legislation."