Our current students come with a rich set of experiences and backgrounds. Students completing MA DEP (now called MA GDHP - Global Development and Humanitarian Practice) and staff interact, share experiences and learn from each other during the year. Read about our current students' experiences, our alumni’s reflections on the degrees and how the degrees helped them in their current work.
"My postgraduate education at CENDEP has been spectacular! Unlike other programmes regarding humanitarian studies, the course has a strong focus on the link between academic knowledge and practice. This helped me define the humanitarian work that I had been doing for years and cultivated my professional foundation to better contribute to alleviating human suffering with new insights. The learning environment was also great. I was lucky to be in such a warm, inclusive and multi-cultural atmosphere, which shaped me to see myself as a global citizen. And of course, Oxford is one of the best places to dive into the international community!"
"I work closely with indigenous communities empowering programs in Venezuela, and while I completely love it, it can sometimes be frustrating given our lack of resources."
"Lessons and tools learned have spread throughout the organization, reaching not only co-workers and partners but even the served communities. With a new and broader perspective on the issues faced, we have been able to extend the reach of our programs and offer more assistance without any additional funding."
"The Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding Masters course has boosted my confidence and reasserted the positive impact that locally-based NGOs have."
Basma El Doukhi is working as a Gender Adviser at the United Nations. From September 2021, she will be doing a PhD in Migration Studies at the University of Kent with a fully funded scholarship.
Basma El Doukhi gained a Chevening Scholarship to study MA Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes in 2019/20. She says:
“I had a lot of professional experience but lacked academic experience to complement it, which I needed to progress with my career. When I saw the Master’s in Development and Emergency Practice at Brookes, I really liked the subject and list of modules but also the extra-curricular activities such as the Oxford Human Rights Festival. So I knew I could bring an excellent contribution from my experience, and get a lot of benefit from interacting with the professors and other students on the course. It was an extraordinary learning and reflective year and experience at CENDEP. ”
‘My experience at Brookes was amazing. The people there were warm, friendly, inclusive and welcoming. The lecturers were very engaging and supportive, I really enjoyed the thought-provoking sessions and real time examples and scenarios including the field trip to Lebanon, that helped me to better understand the situation within the humanitarian development nexus.
After graduating from CENDEP in 2019, I joined Humanity and Inclusion in Dadaab Refugee camp whereby I worked as a Project Manager in Inclusive Education supporting children with disabilities to access safe, quality and inclusive education. I worked with communities and partners to advocate for the rights of children with disabilities and breakdown the barriers preventing them from accessing essential services on an equal basis. Currently, I work as a Regional Project Coordinator at Save the Children implementing a project focused on children on the move aimed at strengthening national and regional child protection mechanisms. I enjoy working with the community and I am glad that through the MA DEP programme, I was able to build on the skills set required to promote high impact programming and empower community members to participate in all spheres of life as well as map out a clear career path for myself within the humanitarian sector.'
Rob Jones, MADEP Alumni 2017/18
"Since graduating from CENDEP in 2018, I have begun working as the Knowledge and Learning Officer for Practical Action. Specifically, I work in the Influence and Impact unit to develop our learning agenda, crystallise our knowledge base and ensure that we’re consistently using evidence to continuously improve and achieve wider, more systemic change. Before joining CENDEP, I had worked with several humanitarian and development organisations, but felt as though I was missing some of the technical and theoretical understanding needed to progress in my career."
"The MA DEP was recommended to me by several colleagues, and it was clear that the programme had an excellent record of fostering leaders in the sector. The pure depth and breadth of the syllabus on offer meant that I was able to dive into topics that I’d always wanted to explore, such as forced migration or disaster risk reduction. Thanks to the diverse passions and encouragement of the academic staff, I found new areas of interest that will influence my career for years to come, such as understanding the importance of valuing local knowledge. The programme attracts a diverse range of people from different countries and backgrounds that make the experience so much more human, as well as far more challenging and rewarding than I ever thought possible.”
Harry Tuke, MarchD DEP 2017/18
"I enjoyed the course as it gave an incredible insight and delved into the issues of development and humanitarianism. The tutors are very supportive and have a good relation with us."
Conrad Oroma Opoka DEP 2015/16
"Joining the MA as a practitioner, allowed me to take a step back, reflect and gain a deeper understanding of our actions and impact as humanitarian and development workers. Providing a unique academic setting coupled with the expertise of the lecturers and the different students on the course, you are able to get a global perspective on things, especially best practices from different contexts including disaster that I had never interfaced with and also emerging issues in the policy environment."
"I came on the course from a Programme Associate role with UNHCR, in less than a year after completion and return to Uganda, I was able to move on to the Assistant Programme Officer role in the National Professional category. The MA in Development and Emergency Practice has not only given me a completive edge amongst my peers/colleagues in the industry but also a lot to share in the course of our response."
Ben Teuten and Jonny Willis, DEP 2014/15
"We have in the year succeeding our Masters at Oxford Brookes University in Development and Emergency Practice, founded Refugee Youth Service (RYS), the leading agency for child protection in the refugee camps. Our team aim to develop the support systems needed in refugee camps to aid social development and protect the young people from the dangers that they face daily."
Hellen N. Atiol, CENDEP 2013/14
"Currently, I work as the civil society coordinator for ADRA South Sudan, where I support the organisation in incorporating civil society and advocacy programming within all its various projects by mapping potential civil society actors/groups, and developing guidelines to facilitate advocacy efforts. "
"The CENDEP programme has contributed significantly to my understanding of what is essential in development. The courses have encouraged me to think critically about sustainable development. I particularly remember the concept of ‘Rights-based approach’ and participatory development, which focuses on encouraging the most vulnerable in implementing their own development initiatives."