Celebrating
a centenary
of Learning

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  • by Christine Irvine-Niakaris
  • graduated
  • studied Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • from America, Bahrain, UK, Greece

I have more than twenty years’ experience in teaching and teacher training in Greece, the UK and at the British Council, Bahrain, and have taught graduate courses as a visiting professor at Saint Michael's College, Vermont, US.

I’m currently Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Hellenic American University, Manchester, NH, USA and Visiting Faculty member of the Hellenic American Education Center, Athens, Greece. My research is focused on teacher cognition for in-service teacher education.

I was a mature student on the EdD programme, specializing in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Applied Linguistics. I also have an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from the University of Reading. I have more than twenty years’ experience in teaching and teacher training in Greece, the UK and at the British Council, Bahrain, and have taught graduate courses as a visiting professor at Saint Michael's College, Vermont, US.

I chose to study at the University of Bristol because of its excellent reputation in UK higher education. The EdD part-time programme was convenient as I was able to study and continue in full-time employment. The faculty on the programme were extremely knowledgeable in my field and had international work experience. They were supportive throughout my studies and provided useful and consistent feedback during the dissertation stage.

Although I was a part time student, I enjoyed my short visits to Bristol. It’s a great city with beautiful architecture and lots of attractive shops and restaurants. The graduation was a grand ceremony in a perfect setting. Achieving my doctoral degree has helped me to establish my career in higher education in Greece and the US and provided me with the background I needed to work on future research projects in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.