Celebrating
a centenary
of Learning

  • 21
  • by Anna Edwards
  • graduated 2012; ongoing
  • studied MSc in Educational Research, Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
  • from UK

I have worked in a variety of policy roles within Ofsted, local government and, more recently, at the Higher Education Funding Council.

After completing my undergraduate degree in Mathematics, I chose to follow the path of the majority of my peers and entered the world of finance. However, it became very clear early on that this was not going to be the right career path for me. The highlight of my working week quickly became the lunch-breaks I spent volunteering in a nearby school in Hackney, helping pupils develop their literacy and numeracy skills. My experiences at that school left a lasting impression on me, prompting me to make a change in career from which I have never looked back.

Since then, I have worked in a variety of policy roles within Ofsted, local government and, more recently, at the Higher Education Funding Council. In 2011, I decided to apply to the Master’s in Educational Research programme at Bristol with the aim of developing my research skills and building upon the experiences I had gained in my career up until that point.

The decision to apply to the Graduate School of Education was a very simple one. I had already attended the annual Bristol Festival of Education events held at the School over the previous summer and had thoroughly enjoyed the lively debates and the warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The year that followed lived up to my initial expectations and more. The course was challenging, stimulating and, most of all, extremely enjoyable. The opportunity to meet and work with students from a variety of backgrounds added so much to the experience.

Since completing my Master’s, I have been very fortunate to be able to continue my studies at the Graduate School of Education, having been accepted onto the MPhil/PhD programme in 2012. Needless to say, I am thoroughly enjoying the doctoral student experience and am eager to make the most of the expertise and opportunities on offer here over the next few years. Already I feel like the time is going too quickly!