23 October 2019

New Sheffield Politics and Policy Alumni Network launched at House of Lords event

Members of staff and alumni from the Department of Politics and International Relations attended a launch event at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord David Blunkett, for the new University of Sheffield Politics and Policy Alumni Network.

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The new University of Sheffield Politics and Policy Alumni Network, set up by Politics alumnus Jordan Sullivan, was launched last Wednesday 16 October at an event which took place in the House of Lords.

The event was hosted by Lord David Blunkett, another Sheffield Politics alumnus, and brought together both alumni and staff from the department. The network was set up as a platform for Sheffield politics alumni to connect and engage with each other and to share ideas and opportunities. Many of our alumni now work in a wide range of dynamic and challenging roles, from teaching and the civil service through to jobs in the financial sector, journalism and working with NGOs. 

The inaugural event was a real success with a range of alumni from different generations attending and engaging. It will act as a great springboard for future engagement with departmental projects and I hope it has inspired a group of alumni to promote and champion the network going forward.

The network has great potential to provide a forum for current alumni to find and share opportunities and experiences, as well as allowing them to remain connected to the University of Sheffield. I cannot wait to see how it develops in the coming years.

I would like to say a massive thank you to the University of Sheffield Department of Politics and International Relations for their wholehearted support for the network and making the event possible. A special thank you goes out to Lord David Blunkett for his time and the incredible venue.

Jordan Sullivan

International Relations and Politics Alumnus, and creator of the University of Sheffield Politics and Policy Alumni Network.

Coinciding with the launch of the network, the department has recently created a mentoring scheme which pairs final year students with mentors (many of whom are alumni) working in professional roles related to Politics and/or International Relations degrees. The purpose of the mentoring is for the mentors to share their experiences and advice with our final year students to help them prepare for their future careers.

Speaking about the event and future plans with alumni, Professor Andrew Hindmoor (Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations) said:

The event was a great success and I know that colleagues and I enjoyed it hugely. We had very rewarding conversations with all our alumni which has given us much to think about for how best to link our alumni and students. Jordan and I will be talking soon about next steps and will be in touch with alumni via the network in due course.

Professor Andrew Hindmoor

Head of Department, Department of Politics and International Relations.

The Politics and Policy Alumni Network is hosted on Linkedin and currently has over 150 members. You can request to join here.

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