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Alix Speed

PGDE Secondary Education - Technological Education

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I believe the positive experiences I had from previously studying at Strathclyde in my Undergraduate degree led me to want to continue to study at this University.

Strathclyde is a very diverse University that provides many opportunities for those who may want to get more involved with the University. Through these opportunities, I have personally met many inspirational people that have guided me through my University journey.

The staff take great pride in each of their specialisms and are always keen to share their experiences with fellow staff and students. I believe this feeling of community and passion led me to study at Strathclyde for the PGDE.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

Having studied the Post Graduate Diploma of Education, I feel the part I enjoyed most was meeting new likeminded people. I have also been given the opportunity to study alongside fellow future teachers in my subject area, which means I will have these contacts throughout my professional career.

The activities set up by my University mentor over the course of the year unveiled talents I didn’t know I even had and this gave me a lot of confidence. It also brushed off the cobwebs on skills I hadn’t used in a long time which made me feel like I had a purpose and could contribute effectively on the course.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?

The PGDE course is not a walk in the park from my personal experience. However, if you enjoy a bit of challenge and are a pro-active individual, then you are likely to succeed. The PGDE has been a real learning curve for me and I do feel like a different person upon reflection of starting the course. I believe the PGDE has shaped me into a more determined and professional individual and I hope to be a positive role model for the future generation.

What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?

Strathclyde University has many beautiful lecture venues as well as learning spaces which strive to make meaningful learning experiences. I also think the staff of each department and faculty have genuine passions for their field of work and strive to instil the same passion in each student. I found it quite inspirational and that is why many lectures that I attended at Strathclyde are still clear and vivid in my memory.

What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed studying your course?

I believe I am now a more confident individual overall. This became apparent to me as I realised my ability to progress through some tough times over the course of the year.

I have also gained an interest in reading academic literature on education which was first presented to me at Strathclyde. I am certain that with this interest, I will continue to develop my pedagogy and professional knowledge over the course of my professional career as an education practitioner.

How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?

Since joining the course I have learnt that there is no ‘best’ teacher. It is important to remember that all teachers take time to adapt, develop and uncover skills throughout life that will lead us to becoming better in our field of work.

After all, it’s not just our student’s education that matters- it is ours as well! That is the beauty of education. We learn from other education practitioners and our own students and we then adopt what we have learnt into our own pedagogy.

What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?

The beauty of Education is that it can take you anywhere and you are not limited to any specific job. There are many opportunities open to teachers just now that make me hopeful for the future and my career progression.

I’d certainly like to spend a few years in the classroom, but who knows what’s next? I’d like to continue studying through the University alongside being an education practitioner as I know how important it is to keep up to date on current policies and practice. I’d certainly like to keep my ties with Strathclyde by seeking further study opportunities if my future situation allows me.