Congratulations IDS Class of 2018!

Published on 28 January 2019

Last week IDS celebrated the graduation of 244 master’s and doctoral students.

Graduates at the Winter Graduation Ceremony 2019
Graduates at the Winter Graduation Ceremony 2019. Credit: Sarah King / IDS

IDS graduates joined thousands of students from across the globe graduating at a two-day Winter Graduation event held at the Brighton Centre. In total, just under 3,000 students from over 100 countries received awards. The ceremony was streamed live to friends and families across the UK and around the world.

To coincide with the event, IDS published a collection of ten of the best essays from our Class of 2018 in which students explore fundamental questions about who is responsible for development, the sites of development and how development might be re-envisaged to better achieve its goals.

Linda Waldman, IDS Director of Teaching and Learning, said: “Graduation is my favourite day in the academic calendar.  It’s a time of ceremony and celebration in which family, friends and academics come together to applaud our students’ achievements.  It’s also a time for recognising long-term relationships and the collective endeavour that goes into university education, for giving thanks to all those people who helped make today possible. Having watched our students learn and grown, struggle with difficult ideas and with all that life has thrown at them, IDS is proud and pleased to have this moment to celebrate with our graduates.”

Studying at IDS – Ranked first in the world for development studies

In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings.

IDS and Sussex are home to some of the world’s leading thinkers on development, and staff teaching on our masters degrees are all active in the field, working on high-level research programmes funded by major development agencies.

We see teaching as an extension of our unique ‘engaged excellence’ approach – a way of working with individuals and organisations from across the globe who aspire to bring about progressive change.

Postgraduate studies have been central to IDS for over 50 years, and we offer eight specialist MAs and a vibrant PhD programme.

A growing community of IDS Alumni

With alumni in over 125 countries the IDS alumni network is a vibrant group of people who share the capacity to think critically, challenge orthodoxies and unpick assumptions – a valued and critical part of the IDS community, linking past students with IDS and each other.

To join the growing IDS alumni network visit our alumni website.


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