Manchester Calling

The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Lucy Hiley

What did you study at undergraduate level?

I studied Religion and Theology at the University of Manchester. This consisted of learning about various religions, cultures, theologies and philosophies.

What attracted you to HCRI/ the course?

I found the course during the first year of my undergraduate and decided it was something I wanted to do then. As I was already studying in Manchester this was one attraction to HCRI because I really like the city and the university. The city always has something going on so you’ll never get bored and the University is filled with people eager to help if you need it. I was also attracted to HCRI because of its presence in the field of humanitarianism and its ties with organisations such as MSF and Save the Children. As Manchester is the second largest city in the UK it is also a great place to look for jobs and work experience/ internships.

What have you enjoyed most about the course?

I have enjoyed getting to know a wide range of people from across the globe, the people I have met on this course have already become friends for life, HCRI is like a family. I have also enjoyed learning about a new field of interest and how this is impacting the world.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learnt?

I have a learnt a lot since joining HCRI, one of the most interesting being the speaker’s series where they get experts from the field to come and give talks to the students. These have been very insightful as you get to hear first-hand experiences for those currently employed in this sector. These talks, as well as lectures, have highlighted the challenges that can come with this type of career but that it can also be very rewarding.

What are your plans now you have graduated?

I am currently applying for graduate schemes at charities, organisations and in the government. There are many jobs within this field so as of yet I am not entirely sure what I would like to do but the course is helping me figure it out and Logistics is something that is appealing to me.

Do you have any advice for people thinking about doing the course?

Start learning a language as soon as you can. Language skills are highly valued in the humanitarian sector and will likely increase your graduate prospects. I have studied a bit of French and Arabic in the past and now know that I need to continue with these highly sought after languages.