Eliška recognises the support and guidance in place for politics students which will help to set them apart from other graduates. She recalls studying the Contemporary Diplomacy module:
"The staff have lots of contacts who come in regularly to speak to the students. They discuss their jobs and answer questions, which is great complementary learning tool. For example, a former British ambassador helped teach the module and once we had someone who has worked for NATO for almost 20 years visit us."
Eliška also credits the staff at Reading with creating such a friendly and supportive environment within the Department. She feels academics go out of their way to enrich your understanding of the subject through creative and interactive teaching sessions.
She makes a special mention about studying the Strategic Studies module.
"The academic would book a room for two or three hours and we would play a board game to understand the concept of post-catastrophe recovery. The game explores the interagency cooperation needed to address the emergency and early recovery phase of a complex humanitarian crisis.
"Key issues highlighted in the game include peacekeeping, coordination across multiple actors (host country, foreign military, United Nations, non-governmental organisations), aid prioritisation, relief-to-recovery transitions and so on.
"We had some really good conversations during every class, making it very enjoyable – all of us tried to participate."