2015 – 2019 (expected)    University of Nottingham – PhD International Relations

2009 – 2013      University of Nottingham – MSci (Hons) International Relations and Global Issues (Upper Second Class)

2010 – 2012     The Universitas 21 network – Global Issues Programme: Certificate in Global Issues (Completed)

2010 – 2011     University of Connecticut – exchange programme (GPA: 3.931)

2004 – 2009     Private English Grammar School Zilina – Maturita – Slovak state high school leaving examination (A level equivalent): Economics (1=Excellent), Mathematics (1=Excellent), English (1=Excellent), Spanish (1=Excellent), Slovak language and literature (1=Excellent)



October 2016 – now – University of Nottingham, SITS Extra Programme – Student IT Support tutor

October 2016 – January 2018 – University of Nottingham, School of Politics and IR – Teaching assistant on Political Theory from Ancient to Modern module

September 2016 – October 2016 – University of Nottingham, SITS Programme – Student IT Support tutor

September 2015 – August 2016 – University of Nottingham, Ancaster Hall – Resident tutor

December 2015 – July 2016 – University of Nottingham, School of Politics and IR – Research assistant on research project ‘Comparative Study of Negative Campaigning and its Consequences’

August 2014 – July 2015 – Target Group, Ltd – PMO Officer

March 2013 –  Staffing Industry Analysts – work experience – research intern

May 2011 – June 2011 – Canadian Language School Zilina –  English language tutor



Poniscjakova, V. (2016) ‘Book Review: Leslie Stein, Israel Since the Six-Day War: Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow’, Political Studies Review, Vol. 14, No. 4: 636-636.


Research Training

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Courses:

  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics
  • Foundations in Qualitative Methods
  • Individual and Group Interviews
  • Doing Ethnography


Teaching Skills Development

University of Nottingham Graduate School Courses:

  • Small Group Teaching
  • Marking and Assessment
  • Engage, Excite, Enhance: Top tips for Teaching and Learning
  • Practical Teaching Skills


Administrative Services

Member of Colloquium Organising Committee, School of Politics & IR, University of Nottingham, 2015-2017.



Slovak:           Native proficiency

Czech:             Full professional proficiency

English:          Full professional proficiency

Spanish:         Professional working proficiency (B2 level of European Framework)

Arabic:            Limited working proficiency

Hebrew:         Elementary proficiency

French:           Elementary proficiency, very basic level



Research and analysis, communication, organisation, time management, leadership, team-working, public speaking, negotiation, problem solving, critical thinking, attention to detail,  administrative skills, events organisation, numerical literacy (Graduate Record Examination GRE quantitative score: 156 points).

EU driving licence – motor vehicles (class B)

IT skills: MS Office package, MacBook software; Photoshop

Certificates from Microsoft Online Learning:

  • MS Word: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • MS Excel: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • MS PowerPoint: Beginner, Intermediate
  • MS Access: Beginner, Intermediate
  • MS Outlook: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Setting Up Projects in MS Project
  • Customizing and Sharing Projects in Microsoft Project
  • Tracking and Managing Projects in Microsoft Project 2010


Achievements and academic Involvement:

Shortlisted for the University of Nottingham Graduate School Research Showcase 2016 with a group poster.

Nottingham University Karate Club – treasurer (2016-2017),

Member of the University of Nottingham karate squad at British Universities and Colleges Sport, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2015/2016, 2016/2017

Slovak and Czech Society at University of Nottingham – president 2012/2013, vice-president 2011/2012

Student representative on the Language Centre Learning Community Forum 2011/2012

North America Student Ambassador 2010/2011

University of Connecticut Karate Club

Politics Society at University of Nottingham

Model United Nations (MUN) Society at University of Nottingham

Human Rights Olympiad participant, Slovakia 2007; 2008

Spanish language Olympiad, Slovakia – 3rd place, regional round, 2009

Model United Nations (MUN) delegate – LeMUN (Leiden Model United Nations, Netherlands) 2006, 2007, 2008; BratMUN (Bratislava Model United Nations, Slovakia) 2008, KarMUN (Karinthy Model United Nations, Hungary) 2007, 2009

Model European Parliament delegate, Zilina, Slovakia, 2009



Learning languages, karate – 2nd kyu rank holder (brown belt), skiing, swimming, hiking, baking, literature, cinema, museums, theatre, dogs