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Robina Saeed

Robina currently works for two charities: UK-Med and The International Foundation for Mothers and Children’s Health. She studied BA Geography at Newcastle. Find out more about Robina's career.

About Robina

Current role: UK-Med and The International Foundation for Mothers and Children’s Health

Current location: UK

Degree studied: BA Geography

About Callum's career

Describe your current role

I am currently working for two charities; one is a small Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working mainly in Pakistan to advance efforts in maternal and children's health where I manage the UK activities and office for the charity.

The other is a larger organisation funded by the UK government working to deploy teams in response to disasters, disease outbreaks and humanitarian events; I work in a key support role within the HR and membership team. 

Explain how you got this job after studying Geography at Newcastle

After graduating from Newcastle, I went onto pursue my Masters whilst working part time for the Women and Children’s health NGO. After I finished my Masters, I got the job with the Disaster response charity and currently balance both.

Studying at Newcastle

In what ways was studying Geography at Newcastle important for getting this job?

Studying geography filled me with a passion to work in development and gave me a good foundational knowledge base in international development and global health which I was able to demonstrate in both interviews.

Graduating from Newcastle also allowed me to gain a place on a Masters program at the University of Manchester in International Disaster Management which gave me an advantage when applying for jobs.


How do you employ skills learnt during your degree, in your current job?

I’m currently working on a research report looking at how NHS clinicians benefit from responding with us overseas and am actively using the research and writing skills I first developed during my undergraduate degree.

In my day-to-day work, I also frequently draw upon frames of references gained from modules at Newcastle including geopolitics, development, climate change and natural disasters.


What was the best thing about studying Geography at Newcastle?

The best thing about studying Geography at Newcastle was the exciting and diverse range of modules to choose from and access to such dedicated and inspiring staff.