Lorna Campbell, Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) student

Lorna Campbell

PGDE (Business)

Lorna Campbell, from Wishaw, is studying the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Business. Lorna - who has two young children - has worked with Adult Literacies Learners for eight years and hopes to bring her work experience into the classroom. She has previously studied Administration & Information Management and Business Studies.

What are you most looking forward to studying at Strathclyde?

I am most looking forward to learning a lot from my peers and the tutors. I have learned so much already and have met lots of lovely people. There seems to be a willingness to connect with other student teachers regardless of subject and whether it's primary or secondary they're doing. I’ve already made links with future primary, language, chemistry, technical studies and art teachers!

I am relishing this opportunity to expand my knowledge and make the most of my experience.

Why did you choose to become a teacher? What parts of the job are you most looking forward to?

I have worked with Adult Literacies Learners and promoting learning opportunities throughout Glasgow for around eight years and I have seen the impact of young people ‘slipping through the net’ and not being engaged with school. People who are now adults with their own children who only survived their own school experience through coping mechanisms and hiding their inability to read or write from teachers/employers.

The thing I am most looking forward to when I qualify as a teacher is the ability to impact a young person’s life, to help give them the best start in their adult life and to try and make sure those who need support don’t slip through the net. I also want to inspire the next generation. I had a couple of inspirational teachers when I was at school and they helped shape me into the person I am today. I hope I can become that too.

What was the application experience like?

The application process was fairly straight forward and I didn’t have any issues. I actually loved my interview! I had to prepare a five-minute presentation and present it to other interviewees. I then had a short five-minute face-to-face interview with the course tutor. I found out within a week or so that I had a place on the course.

What do you think of Glasgow?

I’ve worked in Glasgow for nine years before coming to uni and I love the city. There's so much to see and do and there's always someone around to chat to – whether it's in the queue at the post office, waiting on a bus or someone looking for directions.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of coming to Strathclyde?

Go for it! I’ve had a great first impression of the campus and staff. Everyone I’ve had to ask for advice or information has been so helpful and the facilities on offer to students are excellent. I think I’m going to enjoy my time here.