Lawrence Holmes

Senior Policy Advisor, UK Cabinet Office
Year(s):
2015
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16

Tell us a bit about your career since leaving ODID

I did a short internship with the UN in New York, working on humanitarian affairs, before moving to Brussels to undertake a traineeship at the European Parliament, where I was responsible for briefing on the economic and political situations of countries in Asia. After that, still in Brussels, I worked for an advocacy organisation responsible for representing humanitarian aid organisations to the EU institutions.

And your current position?

I later moved to London to work for the UK Civil Service where I still am today - roles have included working on Northern Ireland and Ireland issues in the Cabinet Office and serving as Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. I am currently a Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office, which involves supporting the Government to deliver on its top priorities.

Why did you chose your course?

I've long been interested in global affairs and chose the Global Governance and Diplomacy course to study those issues in more detail. My academic background up to then was in History, so I was keen to get more of a foundation in global polticial and economic issues to help prepare for a career in that area.
 

What did you particularly value about the course?

Aside from the opportunity to study a hugely interesting topic, I really valued the cohort I was studying alongside. Being able to spend time, learn from and discuss ideas with my coursemates and tutors, who came from all over the world and had a variety of different acaemic/professional backgrounds, was great.
 

And what did you particularly value about ODID?

The learning environment is fantastic - students from other courses, the wider staff and sense of community in the department was really welcoming and a great setting for the course.

The learning environment is fantastic - students from other courses, the wider staff and sense of community in the department was really welcoming.