Graduates and alumni

Find out from our alumni about studying at Manchester and their roles after graduation.

Kira O'Donoghue

Kira O'Donoghue
Kira O'Donoghue

Politics and International Relations BA (Hons), 2017

"I loved every minute of studying Politics and International Relations at The University of Manchester. From interesting lectures and top-class professors to the sticky floors of 42’s and Factory.

I had complete flexibility to study topics that I found interesting and work out what kind of student I wanted to be. I made the best memories and met the best people.

I was sponsored by the University twice to travel abroad. Once as a Global Graduate where I went on an all-expenses-paid networking trip to New York, and once as a finalist in the 'Undergraduate of the Year' awards where I flew to Dublin for three days of networking, awards and presenting my research.

The University of Manchester gave me the opportunity to thrive. Since graduating three years ago, I have become a Commercial Officer, managing significant accounts for Rolls-Royce. My job is challenging and rewarding, and the skills I learnt at my time at Manchester help me every day!"

Husniye Ilhan

Husniye Ilhan
Husniye Ilhan

Politics BA (Hons), 2017

"I graduated from Manchester in 2017, I then started working for a telecoms trade association where I managed the delivery of regulatory training courses. I learned a lot about telecoms policy and regulation (and I got to travel a lot which was a bonus).

I am currently working at HM Treasury as a Tax Policy Adviser. The work I do can really vary - I could be conducting research on my policy area, briefing Ministers, analysing data, and responding to written questions by MPs or members of the public. The most exciting part of my job is working towards the Annual Budget, which is where the department announces tax and spending policy measures for the upcoming year.

I loved my experience at The University of Manchester; the BASS degree gave me the flexibility to study exactly what I was interested in, and it equipped me with the right skills to get started in a policy career. The staff and students are so supportive, and I met so many great people that I am still in touch with today. The Careers Service is also fantastic, it was with their help that I managed to secure the role at the telecoms trade association!"