A grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation enabled me to study a Masters course entitled International Communications and Development at the City University in London. This financial support proved essential while studying and living in London.
The course was a real eye-opener, including an interesting combination of politics, communication strategies, history and international development theories. The lecturers were leading academics in their fields, and the opportunities to learn and discuss with them proved truly inspiring. I was introduced to new ways of thinking and assessing various political and communication systems, and especially the effect of modern networking systems on democracy. The University also helped me to gain an internship with the London International Development Centre, which proved a most interesting practical work experience.
Completing the dissertation has been a challenge and a valuable opportunity to develop my studies on the press coverage for the Extinction Rebellion protests, and its influence on the UK Government’s policies and attitudes towards environmental issues. The freedom to write and the support I received from my tutors has led me consider the value of my work and what I can accomplish during my career. Living in London as also made me reconsider my social consciousness and beliefs, helping me think how I can use the knowledge I have attained for the future benefit of Wales.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic did change the plans I had for the year, I’m hopeful for other opportunities in the future, and am very grateful to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for enabling me to study for this degree.