Tell us a little bit about your background
I came to Leicester from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to study MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics before going on to study the EdD in 2007. Before this, I studied English Linguistics and Literature at the United Arab Emirates University and also worked as an instructor teaching English for two years to post secondary students (18-23yrs) before starting my Masters. Whilst studying for my Masters, I developed an interest in lecturing and research which encouraged me to apply for the EdD.
What attracted you to the Programme of Study here?
The University of Leicester is a very well respected institution in my home country and I felt confident that qualifications from Leicester would be held in high regard. Although I had already secured a teaching post, I wanted to progress from teaching into research to develop my intellectual capacity and pursue further study. I was particularly attracted to the EdD as I knew the programme would be highly valued in my home country due to the inclusion of taught modules.
Can you describe your experience of studying with the School of Education at Leicester?
Time has passed so quickly! I have enjoyed my time here very much. I have enjoyed the attended sessions as this has provided helpful direction for my research. Firstly I would like to say that I have received good service from the university, whether it has been via post, face to face or email contact, all staff have been very efficient, communicative and accommodating. My start date was delayed until the second semester of the programme due to unforeseen circumstances. Staff were very helpful and despite this ensured a smooth transition between my Master's and Doctoral studies.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
What is really great about the course is that you are constantly building a framework of papers which all come together at the end of the programme as one complete research project which has a depth and variety which I could never imagine! This is very challenging but you get a real sense of achievement as you are witness to your own development. Being able to publish is also very exciting! We have responsibility for the seminars we would like to attend which is great as this enables you to tailor the course to suit your interests.
What are your plans for the future once you have completed your degree?
I hope to secure a career at a university within the sphere of Applied Linguistics. I plan to maintain contact with the academic communities I have joined and to continue to attend conferences such as the 'English as Lingua Franca.' I am also determined to maintain research activity.
One piece of advice you would give to a new student starting here?
Don't get stressed! This is an opportunity for you to really enjoy your research so have fun with it! Don't delay getting involved with other activities which contribute to your research such as volunteering presentations, conferences, seminars and workshops.