Theofanis Exadaktylos

Country: Greece
Sector: Higher Education
Job title: Senior Lecturer in European Politics
Subject of study: Politics
Year of graduation: 2010
Type/Level of study: Postgraduate Research

Current Employer/Organisation Name

University of Surrey

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

I have been an academic since 2011 at the University of Surrey, progressing now to Senior Lecturer since 2016

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

It was my desire to be in academia, do research on European current political affairs and teach students the beauty of politics as a discipline. It is both these element that I enjoy the most in my career: seeing students come through and excelling in their chosen careers and seeing my research being recognized all around the world.

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

My supervisor, Claudio Radaelli was my biggest inspiration and a mentor for life.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The people in the Department and my colleagues but mostly my supervisor’s attention

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Because of my supervisor – he is one of the top figures for studying Europeanization

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

Research methods have been the most useful – also presentations and public speaking for teaching purposes

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

Do it if you can commit yourself to it. You have to have passion to become an academic.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue on this trajectory, hopefully getting to Professor level soon.


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