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Meet our outstanding graduates

Holly Gibbs: from Reading to a career in journalism

Holly took opportunities to work on a politics radio show and interviewed visiting speakers as a student ambassador as she studied her BA Politics and International Relations degree.


Freddy Farias Arias: getting the most out of university

During his BA Politics and Economics studies, Freddy travelled internationally through the Model United Nations module and helping to deliver lecturers and seminars in China. 

Olivia Highwood: pursuing her interests and developing vital skills

Olivia pursued her passions during her BA Politics and International Relations degree, opting for modules that aligned with her interests.

Fiona Paterson: seizing exciting opportunities while studying

Fiona threw herself into new challenges during her BA Politics and International Relations degree, having come from a background in science. Her degree led to a job in the Civil Service.

Peter Stockdale: placement experience in government

Peter undertook an exciting placement year in the UK government's Department of Health and Social Care as part of his BA Politics and Economics degree.


Louis Train: Double Master's experience

Louis Train was living and working in Moscow when he decided to undertake a Double Master's with the University of Reading and MGIMO, earning two degrees in two years.

Eliška Herinkova: phenomenal support during her studies

Eliška chose to study MA Strategic Studies at the University of Reading, and enjoyed the full postgraduate experience: comprehensive training, learning from experts and a supportive environment.

Meet our staff who work on innovative teaching and research

Dr Mark Shanahan: putting politics into practice through undergraduate modules

Dr Mark Shanahan, Head of Department, discusses the innovative modules that undergraduates can undertake as part of their degree.

Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou

Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou's research looks at the rise of populism and the far-right across Europe. She is on a mission to expose parties who hide their extremism behind a liberal narrative.

Professor Dominik Zaum

Professor Dominik Zaum's research on the political economy of state-building and the impact of state-building on economic and political structures has been applied to real-world policy work.

Dr Sarah von Billerbeck

Dr Sarah von Billerbeck’s experience of working for the UN, and her research, directly feed into her postgraduate teaching.

Dr Robert Jubb

Dr Robert Jubb's areas of interest include methods in analytical political theory and philosophy and responsibility for and appropriate responses to structural injustice. His research feeds into undergraduate research-based modules.

Dr Joseph O'Mahoney

Dr Joseph O'Mahoney specialises in international norm dynamics, including norms surrounding war and the proliferation of nuclear weapons, in his research and teaching.

Dr Alice Baderin

Dr Alice Baderin is bringing problems of risk and insecurity to the forefront of thinking about social justice, in the third-year undergraduate module that she has designed on risk.

Meet our experts

Our staff have exceptional knowledge in an impressive range of political topics and issues. Many of our academics are directly involved in international politics, sharing their expertise with governments and policymakers.

Our partnerships

Our partnerships, both in the UK and internationally, help to enhance the scope of educational and career paths available to our students, and provide opportunities to share ideas and collaborate on research.

Our research

In the latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014, 80% of our research impact was rated world-leading or internationally excellent, while many of our academics have attracted prestigious funded fellowships and grants for their work.

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