PGDE student

Mathilda Sollerhed Lundmark 

PGDE Secondary Education: Religious and Moral Education


What made you decide to train as a teacher?

I have known for a long time that I want to work with people. What made me choose teaching as a career is a combination of that desire with my fascination with personal growth and love of learning. For me, being in an educational environment as a teacher working with young people ticked all the boxes.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I chose to study at Strathclyde partly to get a change of scenery yet still stay in Glasgow as I have just finished my undergraduate degree at University of Glasgow combined with the good reputation that the PGDE course at Strathclyde has.

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

My advice to prospective students is to make sure you are aware of why you want to go into teaching. The course is demanding and rewarding in many ways but, as with everything, it is important that you are passionate about becoming a teacher, and all that entails, and that you are not choosing it because it seems an ‘easy’ career choice or as a ‘fallback career’.

What’s the best thing about studying PGDE at Strathclyde?

The best thing about doing your PGDE at Strathclyde is that you have the opportunity to meet people from so many different background who you can learn so much from, as they can do from you. Apart from that, the opportunity to spend so much time on placement is fantastic and is where most of the practical learning takes place.

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

With the combination of theory at University and practice through placement I feel that I am gaining insight into the profession through a variety of perspectives and dimensions. I think it is important to go out on placement and see what it is like in reality at the moment combined with the pedagogy and theories you learn at lectures and seminars in gaining an understanding of how we as future teachers can go into the profession and make a positive difference.

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

My ambition is to be a teacher with high standards for my pupils, and myself, and I definitely feel that Strathclyde, and my tutor in particular, are pushing and encouraging me to reach that goal. I want to contribute something positive by going into the teaching profession and I think my time here at Strathclyde will set a good base for that to become a reality.