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Global LLM Study Bursary Winner 2023

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Alexia Ariadne Kaplan, Master of Laws, University of Bristol

University of BristolBursary winner University of Bristol“I am grateful for the financial support that this award provides!”

Alexia Kaplan is studying an LLM program specialising in the Environment, Sustainability and Business at the University of Bristol.  

She was delighted when she found out she’d been awarded one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500, saying, “I was really honoured to find out that I had been chosen given how many applicants there were, and I am grateful for the financial support that this award provides.” 

After Alexia’s undergraduate studies, she did a training contract and then worked as an associate at one of Africa's largest corporate law firms. Last year she was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, an achievement that has provided her with invaluable skills and the opportunity to learn from some brilliant legal minds. The practical experience she gained in a range of different legal areas helped her to decide that her interests lay in legal aspects of environmental issues and sustainability. 

Speaking about her choice of postgraduate course, Alexia says, “My interest in the law was sparked by issues of justice and human rights, and I chose to study a LLM specialising in environmental law to further my interest in environmental issues and because I believe that climate change is the biggest human rights issue of our time due to the incumbent risks for increased conflict, state fragility and political and economic instability.” 

She is really enjoying her studies so far, and enthuses, “My lecturers are excellent, and I am studying with students who come from a variety of different countries and backgrounds and who bring diverging perspectives and practical insights to what we are learning about. I have also been enjoying attending events related to what I am learning about and my degree which are hosted by the University of Bristol.”

The 27-year-old South African chose to study at the University of Bristol because of its great reputation, she was also attracted by the city’s excellent environmental credentials, explaining, “I chose the University of Bristol because of its excellent reputation and high international ranking and because of how environmentally conscious the city of Bristol is. As a result, Bristol attracts many people who are interested in working on climate change issues, aligning with my areas of interest and my studies.”

It’s clear that she hasn’t been disappointed with her choice of institution, she says, “I really enjoy the beautiful campus that the University of Bristol has, with its old architecture paired with modern facilities. The city is also a bustling hub of different cultures, people and ideas, so there is no shortage of things to do and see – but it is small enough that it is easy to get around and to access beautiful nature.” 

And finally, a word from our winner about, “I highly recommend that all postgraduate students and anyone considering pursuing a postgraduate degree check out as it provides useful information on universities, courses and funding options, as well as other useful insights and advice relevant for postgraduate students.” 

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