Celebrating
a centenary
of Learning

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  • by Guillermo Levy Sanders
  • graduated 2012
  • studied MEd in Educational Leadership, Policy and Development
  • from Mexico

I came to Bristol to improve myself and others through education and the MEd taught me the best way to achieve this.

I am a clinical psychologist who worked for some time within primary schools. I also provide psychological advice to children with academic problems due to their lack of motivation and behavioural problems.

I studied for the MEd in Educational Leadership, Policy and Development in 2012. I decided to apply for this Master’s because of the importance of leadership both within schools and in other areas. I chose Bristol because it offered this particular programme and due to the reputation of its professors.

I remember two teachers deeply; Elisabeth Lazarus and Elizabeth McNess. They gave me the chance to be myself and be confident in my capabilities. I was very nervous about the first draft of an essay I submitted to Elizabeth McNess but she told me, “I knew you could do it”. It was a better grade than I was expecting. Elisabeth Lazarus taught me about leadership. I still always use her game about managing and leadership, which is very useful in explaining the subtle line between them and the importance of making this distinction visible to others. Both professors are exceptional at what they do and inspired me to lead and be a force for change.

It was amazing to be part of a group made up of many different nationalities with their different experiences and ways of understanding leadership and education. I learned something about Korea, Ghana, Uganda, Cyprus, China, and Taiwan. You don’t often have the opportunity to learn from so many countries and cultures at once. I also had a great time in the parks in Bristol, it is a green and beautiful city compared to Mexico City and I was amazed by the quantity and quality of the parks. I also remember the harbour and all the restaurants were you can have lunch.

The MEd enabled me to move into new areas of education provision and to develop training solutions for corporations. It showed me that leadership is very similar between different areas of expertise. I came to Bristol to improve myself and others through education and the course taught me the best way to achieve this. I wish to continue learning and applying my knowledge of leadership so that I can grow and occupy influential leadership positions in order to drive change.