20th May 2002




An International Relations student from the University of Lincoln will be spending the summer in Cyprus - but not on holiday.


Instead of sunbathing on the beach, Andrew Faulkner will be working hard at the British Consulate based in Nicosia.


Andrew (21), who is originally from South Africa, was selected from 670 other applicants for one of five placements which allow students to shadow various posts within British Consulates around the world. 


The position was secured via the Overseas Undergraduate Attachment Scheme (OUAS) which provides undergraduates in their penultimate year, who seriously consider a career in the Diplomatic Service, the opportunity to work in the British Mission overseas.


“I will be spending July and August in Nicosia gaining an insight into consul operations,” said Andrew.  “I am very fortunate to have been given this opportunity – I’m looking forward to it but it will be hard work.”


Fluency in five languages, including Zulu and Arabic, and time spent living in the Middle East have helped Andrew to gain his placement which will hopefully lead to permanent employment with the Foreign Office in London.


“The Foreign Office in London already have my name on their list but it is a case of waiting to be selected for a permanent position,” he said.


Andrew has already gained experience working as a commercial assistant with the Foreign Office and BP in Doha, Qatar, which gave him a general overview of the commercial and operational aspects of the petrochemical industry.



For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk


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