Carrie Martin - BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics (2010)
Choosing which university to study at and what course to study is one of the biggest decisions of your life, but choosing to study at Keele's School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy (SPGS) is a decision I will never regret. The programme is interesting, up to date and engaging. With modules from Peace, Conflict and Security to Russian Political Literature, to Urban and Regional Governance, to The Role of Intelligence Services in Politics and to Political Parties and Elections, if you want to study it, SPGS does it. The dissertation provides a challenging but also extremely enjoyable opportunity to study in great detail a topic that really interests you, and is something I fully recommend to everyone.
The length and depth of its modules is not all that SPGS has to offer. In SPGS you are not just a number. You are a person and the staff get to know you and treat you as such. You will be hard pressed to find lecturers that care as much about their subjects, as well as that their students share their interest and enjoyment in those subjects. SPGS staff do not just want to see you in lectures and seminars, but their doors are always open to discuss extra reading, to check over something that you think you may have misunderstood in lectures, or to lend a sympathetic ear if you are having problems.
Even though I was one of the few people that did not live on the university campus, I didn't feel at all left out of the Keele University community. I always bumped into people that I knew, be it from my course, or from one of the many societies that the University has. In my time at Keele I was on the executive of a political society and I was a member of Keele Model United Nations. On top of this, Keele has a very active Students Union to get involved in.
SPGS has opened many doors for me in my life. I began university working in a chip shop with very little in the way of career aspiration. Thanks to the encouragement and education I received from SPIRE, I am now working full time for an MP. I know that I could never have made that leap without the help of the fantastic people in SPIRE.