Sammun Mumtaz

Economics and Politics BA

Why did you choose to study your course?

Sammun Mumtaz
Sammun says the Economics staff she met at an open day, are brilliant.

I have always enjoyed studying Economics, since Year nine – and a passion for current affairs meant the combination of a joint honours Economics and Politics course was perfect for me!

Why did you choose to study at The University of Manchester?

Manchester is not too far from home, yet such a diverse and vibrant city, with so much potential to be realised – and I have always wanted to be part of it, coming from a small town in Yorkshire.

The University is well laid out, and I found it welcoming and suited to my expectations. Also, the Department of Economics is brilliant, especially the staff that I met on open days!

I wanted to be in a city that is well connected, I knew about CareersLink and other services such as Stellify and the Manchester Leadership Award. Due to its diversity and the history behind the University, and the unique flexibility of my degree programme compared to the same course at other universities, this is what swung my decision. 

What has been the highlight of your course so far?

The highlight of my course was probably getting my results in the first year and realising I knew what I was doing. Economics and Politics were working out for me! 

What has been the most challenging part of your course so far?

The step-up from A-Level Economics perhaps took me by surprise. I found it slightly difficult to adapt, however with the support available I was soon back on track.

Have you undertaken any placements?

I did two weeks of work experience after my first year, with two economic development organisations:

  • Ekosgen – economic consultants – helped to show where my degree could take me.
  • Centre for Local Economic Strategies – economic thinktank and researching, helped me to apply what I had learned at university into real-life research. I also helped them to prepare for their annual conference which I also attended.
  • I am currently completing a six week internship with the Directorate of Student Experiences at the University - it's great to be able to find opportunities like this within my comfort zone!

What area are you specifically interested in?

I am particularly interested in policy research, public policy analysis and policy-making. Therefore I have taken the equivalent economics/politics modules which have helped me to realise this. 

How would you describe your student experience so far?

It has been so wonderful and there are always ways to feel involved, meet people, engage with staff and the outside community.

I really do feel a part of Manchester – not just a student!

What is the best thing about studying in Manchester?

The fact that it is an ever-growing city and there is always an event or something new happening!

The student facilities are also great, there is lots of choice for leisurely activities!

Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?

I joined the BA Econ Society and the Politics Society – and whenever they have events I like to go.

I also do a lot of volunteering as it's a great way to meet people, and engage with the local community so as not to isolate myself in a student bubble!

What advice would you give to future students?

It will always be daunting, leaving the comfort of your home behind, but my advice is just to be open to everything!

There is absolutely no harm in trying out things, going to events, meeting people and having the experience – you lose nothing and you will always take something from it!

What are your plans for after graduation?

I feel my course is quite grounded around current affairs, and because I did joint honours, I do feel like I have scope to choose.

I would like to perhaps find a job similar to my work experience, or in another field entirely!