Education excellence in the Faculty of Education Community and Leisure
04 October 2012
Students studying Education in the Faculty of Education Community and Leisure come together to celebrate their graduation at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
Victoria Brennan, BSc (Hons) with rec for QTS Primary and Secondary Education: Science Education. Victoria says she has thoroughly enjoyed her time at LJMU and already has a job as a teacher.
She commented: "My experience of LJMU has been really positive. It's really friendly, you get to know your tutors and it is more like a family, you know they genuinely care about you. I have loved my time in Liverpool too, so much so that I definitely want to stay here. It has the vibe of a town but the opportunities of a city. I would and do recommend LJMU to everyone. I've now got a job teaching science and maths at one of the schools where I did a work placement which the University organised."
Andrew Shennan, graduated today with a First in BSc (Hons) with REC for QTS Primary and Secondary Education: Science Education.
Andrew said “I really loved the course. It has given me a really good understanding of children going from primary to secondary education. It was a really rounded experience. The support we received from tutors was amazing: there’s a real family atmosphere in the department with tutors having an open door policy and supplying such a fantastic support network.”
Andrew starts a teaching role at a primary school in Helsby in September and one day wants to become a head teacher.
"I like to teach both secondary and primary but being offered a job in such a great school was an opportunity I just couldn't turn down."
Kiana Erskine, BA (Hons) QTS Primary and Secondary Education (Mathematics Education), is now on a mission to get more people to enjoy maths. Kiana is due to start work in a middle school in the Midlands teaching maths to year 5, 6, 7 and 8 pupils. "I just got my timetable and I am very excited," she says. “The degree was fun but hard work. I've enjoyed the whole experience but the highlight has definitely been meeting lots of new people.”
BA (Hons) QTS Primary and Secondary Education (Design and Technology Education) graduate James Williams says that the degree has totally changed his outlook on teaching. "It's definitely a lifestyle not a job that ends at 5 o'clock," he says. "I really enjoy feeling that committed to something. It feels right."
James is now planning to spend the next year working as a supply teacher to help him secure more classroom experience. "The placements in my final year were brilliant," says James. "I've learnt that you can’t just stand up in front of a classroom and talk, you need a script of interesting things for the class to learn. It becomes more natural, the more you practice."
Paul and Ruth White both graduate today with a Master of Arts, Artist Teacher. They were married last year and met through their love of art.
Paul commented: "I wanted to study here after going to one of the Design Show graduate exhibitions at the Art and Design Academy. There was such a high quality of work and it also had a modern art focus with video and sculpture included in the show. This course has provided a great foundation for me to progress as a professional artist." Ruth added: "The support and encouragement of the lecturers has always been outstanding. This course has further inspired me continue onto the Masters of Research in Art and Design at LJMU and then start a PhD."
LJMU Learning and Teaching Awards
The work of LJMU staff delivering not just best but excellence practice is recognised by the University through its annual Learning and Teaching Awards. At today’s ceremony, a team award was presented to the ECL Technical Team, Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure: Janet Wood, Chris Gillies, Michael Bird, Jan Murphy, Noel Jones and Sue Byers.
The other members of the team not pictured here are: Barry Williams, Ruth Nagus, Rachel Donnell, Jenny Calvert, Ron James, David Marsh, Julie Brougham, Hazel McDougall, Steve Adams-Duff and Stephen Garner.
Best in Class 2012
The following students are the winners of the 2012 Academic Excellence Awards for the highest award mark in each graduating cohort.
School of Education, Community and Leisure
Some of the award winners are pictured here.