Student Experience

London Living on a Budget

Ever wondered what student life is like in London? Student Mentorship Ambassador Natasha Glendening tells us why it’s great to live in London as a student, even when you’re on a small budget.

London was the mystic global city that I day-dreamed about as a teenager, growing up in the middle of the countryside. I dreamed of taking the tube, […]

London Living: How to Get Around London

Are you getting ready for your Master’s studies at the International Development Department? Student Mentorship Ambassador Ebi Ameli gives you some tips on how to best travel around London and safe money!

Congratulations on your offer once again! As you get ready to move over to the City, this blogpost intends to clarify some of the initial fuzziness about commuting […]

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    Fighting Poverty by Incentivising Quality: working with smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda

Fighting Poverty by Incentivising Quality: working with smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda

Department alum Shakeel Padamsey, tells us about the social business they co-founded with his wife and ID fellow alumnus Micheal Mugisha, which aims to develop the potential of the speciality coffee industry in Eastern Uganda.

Speciality coffee, renowned for exceptional flavours, traceable origin and higher price, offers a viable business opportunity that is socially and environmentally beneficial. Offering better prices to smallholder coffee growers […]

London Living: Accommodation in the heart of the city

Are you a current ID offer holder and looking around for accommodation in London? Student Mentorship Ambassador Natasha Glendening shares her experience and gives you some useful tips.

The nicest place I ever lived was in a beautiful Victorian building, metres from the statue that unofficially marks the centre of London, it also happened to be LSE accommodation.

Northumberland House was […]

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    What should I have said? Reflections on Humanitarian Networks Partnerships Week (HNPW)

What should I have said? Reflections on Humanitarian Networks Partnerships Week (HNPW)

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies candidate, Emma Simons reflects on her time at UN OCHA’s Humanitarian Networks & Partnerships Week (HNPW), and makes suggestions for the next year’s gathering. We’ve all had that moment when we walk away from a conversation and five minutes later the perfect comeback pops into your head. Last week, I got accosted at the OCHA-led […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Development, Big Business and the Environment

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Development, Big Business and the Environment

On Friday, 15 February, Barbara Harris-White from Wolfson College, Oxford, gave a timely talk on “Development, Big Business and the Environment” for the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Here’s what MSc Environment and Development student, James Diffey and part-time MSc Development Management student, Celine Zins took away from the lecture.

We could not have been treated to a more […]

Looking back to a trip to Cumberland Lodge

In January, we had our last Cumberland Lodge trip of this academic year. Student Media Ambassadors, Rachel Epstein and Salena Wang, were there and recount the weekend.

We don’t do this sort of thing anymore. It seems the older we get, the more insular we become. Remember the ‘field trip?’ Once a thing of excitement from the days of raucous […]

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    Better Blending: Making the case for transparency and accountability in blended finance

Better Blending: Making the case for transparency and accountability in blended finance

Jovan Johnson, Khai Leang Yeap, Sebastien Feron and Alyssa Bryan provide a summary of a student consulting project recently published by Transparency International (TI), arguably the world’s main civil society coalition leading the fight against corruption. The group of four students were tasked, as part of the MSc Development Management programme, with researching corruption risks faced by development finance institutions (DFIs) […]

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    A Trip to Cumberland Lodge: Dancing Professors and the Environment

A Trip to Cumberland Lodge: Dancing Professors and the Environment

At the beginning of this month, a group of Development Management students had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Park. They not only learned more about the complexity of environmental issues, but also discovered some of the academics’ hidden talents. Ebi Ameli gives an account of the weekend.

After five weeks of what can qualify […]

Post-Graduation Life: Expect the Unexpected!

International alumnus, Tinnaphop Sinsomboonthong (Tintin), shares his post-graduation experience as a lecturer in Sociology of Development in his home country. After two years since conquering his Nightmare on Houghton Street, what is happening now?

It was in the Michaelmas Term in 2016 when I suffered a Nightmare on Houghton Street – graphs, numbers and economic jargon used in lectures and […]