Farrah (second from left) at the Launch of the Fortis Society in France

Farrah (second from left) at the Launch of the Fortis Society in France

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University: University of St. Andrews
Major: International Relations
Minors: Russian, Economics
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Biography: My name is Farrah Barber, and I'm currently completing my MA (Hons) International Relations at the University of Saint Andrews, where I minored in Russian and Economics. At St Andrews, I'm an Entrant and Rectors Scholar, for high-achievement from an underrepresented background. I'm a first-generation university student, originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. At A-Level, I studied Economics, English Literature, History and Philosophy (A*A*A*A), and graduated with the highest attained grades in my year, having worked twenty-hours a week during my studies and having held the title of Head Girl. Since, I have participated in an Interdisciplinary Summer School at Cambridge University and a study abroad semester at Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, Germany. 

I have pursued a number of internships to date, largely centred around Policy and Research. These positions have included: Research intern at GPW, London (Political Risk); Policy and Business Development intern, Milken Institute, Singapore; Research intern, Institute of Economic Affairs, London; Data Analytics intern, Peregrine Communications, London. Alongside such, I have been chosen to participate in leadership programmes for high-performing women at Bain & Company and PwC, and am currently the only female founding member of FuturAI, a student-run AI fund based in St Andrews. 

Furthermore, I have represented the United Kingdom at ARC7, an international conference run by ASEF, to promote global sustainability in higher education institutions and met with international policymakers (such as EU Commissioner for Youth and Culture, Mr Tibor)- and was selected to participate in the American Enterprise Institute's Summer Honors Program in Washington DC. Insofar as political involvement is concerned, I'm too a participant and member in IFAIR, an organisation focusing on young people to facilitate German relations internationally, and was invited to meet with US Ambassador Grenell in talks about the future of youth in international politics.

My interests, interestingly enough, fall well within Data Analytics and Social Data Science. I have pursued two Coding For Girls courses, giving me a background in basic languages like HTML, CSS, C+ and Java, and more advanced languages such as Python and SQL. My aim is to pursue a Masters in Social Data Science, and eventually a PhD in the same field. I eventually want to work in the Defence sector, and want to have the background to discuss how data can be weaponised and exploited in the medium-term. I have of late been in talks with Women in Big Data, about how to encourage women from Humanities backgrounds to look at Data Science for a career. Due to the nature of my degree being so heavily Humanities based, I have pursued courses by IBM, Duke University and the University of Amsterdam on Quantitative Methods and Mathematics for Data Science. 

At university, I have participated in a range of societies and clubs, including Treasurer of Law Society, President of Foreign Affairs Society, and Operations Co-ordinator at Playfair Consultancy Group- whilst also being Head of Philanthropy for the Carnegie Club. During this time, I have contributed to online international affairs platforms, such as Global Security Review and Political Insights. I can speak English fluently, German and Russian to an intermediate level and have a reasonable understanding of French and Italian. One of my greatest passions in travelling, and I have visited 13 countries (largely independently), in the last year alone.