Global Development Academy

Watch student testimonials

Watch videos of our recent graduates in International Development discussing their work-based placements.

Our graduates have undertaken work-based placements across the world, from Johannesburg to Nepal, and even right here in Scotland, with international development organisations.

Find out about their experiences and how placements improved their academic work, their job prospects and also contributed to their personal development.

Alison Hodges

Alison's placement with the foundation Freedom from Torture in Glasgow involved researching and assessing the services provided for survivors of torture in the UK.

Andy Houlihan

Andy tells us about visiting schools across Scotland to discuss development issues with pupils as part of his placement with the Edinburgh-based Link Community Development Scotland (LCDS).

Thomas Solinski

Thomas tells us about conducting research on food sovereignty in Kathmandu with Rural Recontruction Nepal.

Mary McLaren

Mary explains how her placement with the Scottish Fair Trade Forum provided her with useful research for her dissertation and transferable skills that have improved her career prospects.

Michael Taylor

Michael tells us about his placement with the conflict resolution non-governmental organisation (NGO) Action Support Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa.