Andrew Taylor

Graduate story

Andrew’s fight for the forest

For Staffordshire Graduate Andrew Taylor, research trips are very much part of his role as fundraising officer with the World Development Movement – a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that fights for economic justice and inequality.

Andrew graduated in 2006 with a degree in Journalism and Sociology, and completed an MA in International Relations the following year.

It’s a long way from Stoke to the Indonesian rainforest.

Making a difference

It was while working on his Masters, he found himself drawn to the idea of a career in the voluntary sector.

“I initially wanted to be a journalist,” he says. “But, I found myself selecting the political options within my degree.

“I knew I wanted to do something that had real social value, rather than perhaps the highest-paying job.”

One journey was to Indonesia in 2013 with the London based-NGO was to research the impact of coal extraction on local communities – an experience that was often traumatic.

Exploring Indonesia

He says: “Indonesia is a country of incredible diversity, fascinating cultures and some of the friendliest and most welcoming people I have ever met. It is also a place where huge areas of forest and the people that rely on it are under threat from palm oil, logging and coal mining.

“I saw first-hand the incredible damage that mining can do, both to communities and the landscape. It’s a strange and unnerving experience to walk through the beautiful forests of Borneo listening to nothing but the sounds of nature, only to then have it drowned out by the relentless drone of trucks as you approach a nearby mine.”

Work I strongly believe in

Nevertheless, Andrew could not imagine switching to a more conventional career.

“I am very lucky that I get to work for an organisation whose work I strongly believe in. I started volunteering as a fundraiser at the World Development Movement in mid-2008 in various capacities, and have been promoted since then,” he said.

Andrew is still in the charity sector, co-founding Fundraising Space as well as being a trustee for We Are Family Adoption. 

Year of graduation
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021