Rachel with her award-winning dissertation
I conducted the bulk of my literature review research between February 2019 and December 2019. I reached out to potential participants on LinkedIn and conducted my interviews in the first term of my final year. I used the Christmas period to write my literature review and then used the final term to conduct my analysis and write the remainder of my dissertation. I spent several weeks editing my IGS before the final deadline, creating countless drafts in order to get it within the 10,000-word limit and ensure it read well. I submitted it and I hoped for the best.
When I received my mark I cried happy tears! I refreshed the result several times just to be sure that it wasn’t a mistake in the online system. I then read the examiners feedback and was blown away by the positive comments. I felt relieved that the year of hard work that went into my IGS had completely paid off and ecstatic that I had created a valuable piece of research.
More recently, I found out that I won the award for the best overall undergraduate dissertation. Again, I was in complete disbelief. Throughout university I often doubted myself before essay submissions and I think that receiving this award has instilled confidence in my own ability to produce quality research. This confidence has helped me within my current role as a policy executive, where I am working in a policy institute to produce a report on international gendered health inequalities.
I owe a lot to my wonderful IGS supervisor, Professor Cathy McIlwaine, who provided invaluable advice, expertise and support throughout the writing of my IGS and has since encouraged me to apply for postgraduate study. I hope to study for a Masters in the next couple of years. Following that, I would love to work in international development within an international organisation.