Life as a postgraduate student. What to expect and how to prepare?

What came before We all remember counting down the months, weeks, days and hours to completing A-Levels and leaving home for the first time. The mixture of excitement and pure fear! We all have many stories from an undergraduate perspective, some people would rather forget! Ah, but a Masters, a Masters is so much more. … Continue reading Life as a postgraduate student. What to expect and how to prepare?

Human Rights fieldwork to identify problems faced by women in York

Our group undertook a project to identify problems faced by women in York, in collaboration with York Women’s Forum (YWF) and York Human Rights City Network (YHRCN). Our aim was to derive priorities for our project partners to focus on within a rights-based framework. We all shared a strong interest in women’s rights and selected … Continue reading Human Rights fieldwork to identify problems faced by women in York

Interviewing front-line officers on placement with North Yorkshire Police

A considerable motive behind me joining this course was its unique feature of placing students for two weeks with different human rights organisations within the UK and abroad. Perhaps no university in the UK offers this sort of practical opportunity and that’s the hallmark of this degree program. The list of placement organisations given included … Continue reading Interviewing front-line officers on placement with North Yorkshire Police

A placement in Kuala Lumpur with the Women’s Aid Organisation

The opportunity to do a placement in Malaysia was one of the reasons I chose to do my human rights law degree in York. Nowadays concrete work experience is essential, but gaining experience in the field of human rights is not always be easy; the field is competitive and often quite specialist. The placement options … Continue reading A placement in Kuala Lumpur with the Women’s Aid Organisation

Researching refugee leadership and participation across the Asia Pacific

One of the key components of the LLM is the two-week placement period towards the end of the first semester. Students have the opportunity to conduct a research project in partnership with an organisation engaged in human rights work. Students have the choice to complete the placement period in York or Malaysia. I decided to … Continue reading Researching refugee leadership and participation across the Asia Pacific

Assisting minority refugee and asylum-seeking communities in Malaysia

This course sets itself apart from others due to the emphasis on practice based learning, and the unique opportunity to complete a placement in Malaysia. Having never had experience of working abroad, the knowledge and skills I gained will be vital for pursuing a career in human rights. I completed a two week placement with … Continue reading Assisting minority refugee and asylum-seeking communities in Malaysia

Developing support for the gypsy and traveller community alongside York Travellers Trust

I discovered the Centre for Applied Human Rights while researching schools. What caught my eye in particular was the opportunity that CAHR offers to pursue a two-week placement with its NGO partners in Malaysia or York. It’s not a programme of theories, but actual “hands-on” participation. It offers a chance to truly see and learn … Continue reading Developing support for the gypsy and traveller community alongside York Travellers Trust

Working with Survive in York to support survivors of sexual abuse

The opportunity to work on a “real” project with an active charity was a major influence on my decision to study at York. I chose a local charity, Survive, mainly because I had joined its board of trustees a couple of months earlier; it presented an opportunity both to get to know the organisation better … Continue reading Working with Survive in York to support survivors of sexual abuse