Martin Holland

Country: Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom
Sector: Higher Education
Job title: Director
Subject of study: Politics
Year of graduation: 1982
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

University of Canterbury

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I have been an academic since leaving Exeter in 1982 with 1-2 year positions at Universities in Germany, Italy, South Africa and 3 decades at the University of Canterbury, NZ. Since 2000 I have been the Director of the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Control of one’s own time and a passion for the subject matter (European Integration). Research and institutional development, including mentoring.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Men’s Basketball first team.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The quality of the academic staff. Creating a life-long network of colleagues.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Location and ambience.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Excellent reputation for Politics and a location away from London.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Discipline and breadth of subjects.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Realise that you have a passion because financial reward does not follow. Be aware that the nature of being an academic is changing rapidly and in unpredictable directions.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue as an academic through retirement.


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