Name: Ian Dewhurst
Course: BA (Hons) Asia Pacific Studies
Ian Dewhurst was a soldier in the British Army for over 11 years and after leaving the army he signed up for the BA(Hons) Asia Pacific Studies degree at UCLan, graduating in 2007. He then went on to study for an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. Graduating from Cambridge in 2008, he spent the next two years working for the Japanese Government in their International Development Department.
During this period, he got involved in promoting the image of Japan’s development policies to various media outlets, conducted research on the approach of other European Governments to development in Africa, organised trips for British journalists to Japanese-funded projects in Africa, managed the response to disaster relief operations and represented the Japanese Government at conferences and meetings throughout Europe, including the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009. Later he joined the Civil Service Fast Stream in July 2010 and was assigned to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
So far, he has been a project manager on an IT project to increase security around DWP data and have developed the policy on the future of a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) that provides a £350 million subsidy to 20,000 of the most severely disabled people in the country. His current role involves working with the 8 largest cities in England outside London to develop individual strategies for tackling unemployment.
Ian says: “The course at UCLan has made a huge difference to my life because I came to realise that I could be successful and I wouldn’t be where I am now without the knowledge and experiences I gained from that course. Obviously, the language has been influential because I have used Japanese in my everyday work; however, the non-language parts of the course have been just as influential because they gave me the background knowledge that I needed to do my course at Cambridge and also for the job I am currently doing. Finally, the support I received from the staff at UCLan was exceptional and I still remain in contact with the people who taught me.”