James S

Academic Qualifications

University College London (UCL) – London, United Kingdom MSc International Public Policy (Completion: 09/2019)

University of Glasgow – Glasgow, United Kingdom

First Class MA (Honours) in Politics and Economics

Adam Smith Scholar Award of Excellence & Glasgow Global Citizens’ Award (Gold)

University of Queensland – Brisbane, Australia

Study Abroad Ambassador

Presented to students interested in exchange opportunities and served as point of information

Edward and Mary Scholarship

The Kiski School – Pittsburgh, U.S.A.

Full year scholarship to take university-level classes

Played competitive football with the option of accepting athletic scholarships to attend US universities

Zachary J. Vlahos Award for History and Political Science

Vienna Bilingual School Draschestrasse – Vienna, Austria

1.00 (“Pass with Distinction”)

Teaching Experience

Love Learning Tutors
GCSE: Economics, Politics, German, History
A-Level: Government and Politics, Economics, German

Private Tutor – Vienna, Austria

- Provided tailored lessons and tutoring in English, German, Maths and History to students from various educational backgrounds

- Understood the importance of explaining concepts to match students’ ability and understanding

- Helped to develop revision techniques to encourage ongoing improvement beyond learning sessions

Work experience

Parliamentary Intern

Scottish Parliament – Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Internship with Maurice Golden MSP, Conservative Party’s Chief Whip and Business Manager

Political research for speeches relating to variety of issues including EU Withdrawal Bill, Scotland’s incineration capacity and constituency matters

Drafted motions and press releases for local and national newspapers

Assisted the MSP during meetings with external stakeholders while displaying high level of discretion

Youth Diplomat

Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) – Naypyidaw/Yangon, Myanmar

Head of Delegation at Youth Conference held in conjunction with 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Managed delegation across three countries in producing four policy briefs, setting internal deadlines and overseeing cooperation between delegates

Responsible for making interventions during drafting of Joint Statement; enhanced negotiating and consensus-building skills

Commonwealth Youth Leader
Common Purpose Leadership Programme
– Singapore

Programme designed to equip participants with cross-cultural leadership skills

Visited range of Singaporean businesses facing global challenges

Developed social enterprise – an initiative to alleviate old-age loneliness – that was presented to PwC associates and Singaporean MP

Head of News Production
Glasgow University Student Television –
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Responsible for creating and overseeing all news content within Student TV, managing team of other student volunteers

Produced episode on £1billion campus redevelopment plan and headed panel discussion with key stakeholders, serving as an information point for all students interested in the process

Organised interview with Vladimir Posner on Russia-West relations

Intern Radio oe24 – Vienna, Austria

Internship at Vienna-based radio station covering all aspects of journalistic work

Attended press conferences and interviewed local politicians as part of my research tasks

Wrote factually correct, concise and engaging news stories for radio style presentation that were aired across the country

TEDx Speaker
TEDx University of Glasgow Conference –
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Speech titled “The Value of Self-Reflection” at TEDx University of Glasgow Conference 2015

Demonstrated public speaking skills by engaging a large audience; has been viewed over 65,000 times online

SKILLS AND Interests


English and German (native)

Spanish and French (limited working proficiency)

Broadcast Journalism

Voice-over for documentary made by students and supervised by BBC associate on Emmaus, a UK based charity

Regularly presented news content on Student TV

Personal Statement

Born to English and Austrian parents in Vienna, I have always been keen to travel the world and study in as many places as possible. This led me to pursue higher education in the US, UK and Australia before deciding to settle in London where I am currently a postgraduate student in International Public Policy.
Good teachers and a real passion for the subjects they taught inspired me to follow this path. It is also what motivated me to tutor: seeing a student reach their potential and approach new challenges with real confidence is an incredibly rewarding experience. This is why I have enjoyed tutoring students of all abilities and educational backgrounds in the past six years.
As a personal tutor I understand the importance of finding stimulating ways to bring the material ‘to life’ and inspire a long-lasting interest in a subject. Creating engaging sessions that are tailored to a student’s personality – we all learn differently, after all – can inspire passion for a subject and improve grades drastically. As such I aim to produce an environment in which tutees feel comfortable to ask questions, make mistakes, challenge ideas and think independently to effectively engage with concepts and models. I have always felt that combining creativity with diligence and curiosity set the foundation for being successful in school and beyond. My goal is therefore to help students understand their subject in greater depth and develop revision techniques that encourage improvement beyond learning sessions.