Hannah Powis

Hannah Powis

Brock always felt friendly, welcoming and understanding.


A Level Sociology, English Literature and Government & Politics

What made you choose to study at Brock?

Brock seemed much more relaxed and carefree than other institutions, with an appreciation for individuality and support for everyone no matter what their background or what they wished to pursue. Brock always felt friendly, welcoming and understanding.

What extra opportunities have you taken while studying at Brock?

I was part of the Aspire programme, which meant I was able to get extra help with writing my personal statement, which I believe has helped me in my university application. I took part in HE+ and Reading Scholars, which were great opportunities to branch out and meet others. Setting up the Amnesty International Enrichment group was definitely a highlight of my time at Brock, and I am very appreciative of the College’s support. It gave me an opportunity to practise leadership skills while campaigning for important global political cases. This has broadened my awareness of global politics.

How do you feel now about your subject(s)?

Studying Politics opened up a world where I was able to genuinely understand processes and political contexts that are grossly ignored in the wider education system, in my opinion. It also allowed me to find a subject I was passionate about and now hope to pursue.

Are there any members of staff you feel have particularly helped you?

My Politics teacher, Joy Bailey, provided an incredible support system for me and was always there when I needed her. I am incredibly grateful that I had her as a teacher because she not only challenged me academically but genuinely cared for me personally, which always made me feel welcome at Brock.

What have been your highlights or best experiences while attending Brock?

Working on the House of Commons petition for more college funding, with the support of the Principal and others, allowed me to develop, meet new people and experience a live debate at Westminster – it was an unforgettable experience. The Reading Scholars and HE+ programmes aided me academically and brought me new friends. I feel very grateful because I would not have had these experiences had I not attended Brock.

What are you planning to do next?

I am taking a gap year so I can save money and travel while gaining work experience. Next year I will be attending the University of Bristol to study Politics and International Relations and I can’t wait!

What are your long-term career goals?

Studying Politics as well as Sociology at Brock, alongside undertaking campaigning work for the FE funding petition and running the Amnesty International Enrichment group, has strengthened my desire to study social sciences further and continue with campaign work. Eventually I hope to develop this avenue as a career within a Non-Governmental Organisation or within the Civil Service.