'Relive the Experience' Competition

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The Institute of Geography, History, Politics and Psychology is please to announce that it is once again organising the Re-live the Experience Competition. Open to all undergraduate students in IGHPP, the competition involves submitting a report based on work experience activities that you have undertaken during the last six months (which can include the summer period before registration). The prize for the winning entry will be £125 of Amazon vouchers, with two runners up to be awarded £75 each of Amazon vouchers.  Applicants will also receive feedback on their submissions. 


In order to take part in the competition, students should produce a report of report of 500-1000 words with illustrations, which captures their experiences in a particular placement.  This includes placements arranged by Departments, the Careers Service, other charitable organizations, and those organized under your own initiative, and taken any time during 2015. Placements should have lasted between 3 days and 12 months. Each report should cover the following points:

  • The role/ placement, how you secured it and your motivations
  • The skills required and developed
  • The lessons gained, inclusive of how your perspectives on working in this sector may have changed as a result of your experiences
  • How your personal outlook might have changed
  • How the experience has impacted on your academic choices and career path
  • Why others should do it
  • Remember to include your name, degree scheme, year and department!

Deadline for applications: Friday 30th October 2015 (Reports should be submitted by e-mail to Gwenan Creunant (gwc@aber.ac.uk).

The judging process

A shortlist of winning applications from across the four departments (i.e. History, Geography, Politics and Psychology) will be selected by a panel made up of judges from the Institute and the University.  These shortlisted candidates will then make a presentation (lasting up to 10 minutes) on the subject of their report to a panel of careers and employability experts, who will select the winner and runners up. This will take place at a special reception at 6 pm on Monday 16th November 2015.

For a report and photos of the 2014-15 Final Event, see below


Relive the Experience Final

On Monday 16th March, the Institute hosted the final of the second annual Relive the Experience competition. Ruth Jenkins, Head of Natural Resources, Strategy and Planning at Natural Resources Wales, and Meilyr Ceredig, Managing Director of FBA Creative Marketing Communications, joined senior university staff to judge presentations about placements, internships and volunteering experiences in the UK, Europe, USA and Africa, with an audience of students and staff hearing about how to keep an ambassador happy (or not), the challenges of trying to teach English to over-excited six-year-olds, and the best way to clean a canon, among other things! The evening showcased some amazing experiences, and demonstrated very clearly the value of placements and volunteering as life-enhancing and experiences that enable students to develop a wide range of skills and contacts, enhance the chances of making that crucial first step towards your ideal career, and provide opportunities to learn about yourself now, as well as where you want to be in the future. 

Members of the audience enjoying the presentations 

The judges deliberate 

Competition finalists and judges (L-R: Madeleine von Geusau (DGES: runner-up); Sophie Finnen (InterPol); Tom Stott (HWH: runner-up); Laurence Osborne (HWH: winner); Joe Worthington (InterPol); Meilyr Ceredig, FBA Creative Marketing Communications; Ruth Jenkins, Natural Resources Wales; Professor Neil Glasser, Director of IGHPP; and Professor Paul O’Leary, IGHPP Director of Welsh Medium Affairs)