Stacey Camilleri, PGCE Post-14 and BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, 2014
What are you doing now?
I have just finished 3 years of working as a science teacher at a college in central Nottingham and am due to start a new job in September as a teacher of secondary school Science.
What were the main reasons you took the course?
I took the course because I love education and learning new things. I can’t afford to spend the rest of my life at university, so I chose to become a teacher to stay within education and help other people grow a passion for learning.
Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?
I chose to study at Derby because I had previously studied my undergraduate degree there, so I knew they had fantastic facilities for me to use. I also knew that I could get in touch with my old lecturers if I was struggling to teach an aspect of science and, as they demonstrated, they were more than happy to show me ways of teaching difficult topics.
What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?
As a result of studying the PGCE Post-14 course, I have been able to take on my new job as a secondary school teacher as well as a job at a college. It has allowed me to work in several different work places and in all of them, I have been classed as a qualified teacher, something that wouldn’t happen if I chose to study a PGCE secondary course (as this would have limited me to teaching secondary only).
How did the lecturers inspire you?
The lecturers were fantastic at practicing what they preached, so almost all of the lessons utilised new and innovative techniques to teach us, that we could also take in to our own classrooms. They were also very inspiring because they admitted that it was okay to try something new and have it go wrong. It’s very refreshing to hear that point of view in this sector!
How do you feel the University has helped you in your career so far?
The University has given me so many career pathways through both study and work. Through my undergraduate degree I can work in almost any scientific environment, my postgraduate study will enable me to work in young adult and adult learning environments and my part time job in the University marketing department means that I have the skills to pursue that career as well! All of my previous employers have found my marketing experience very useful.
What are your future plans?
I am planning on coming back to the University of Derby in September to complete a Masters in Research. I would like to continue within the education sector and hope to one day be in the position to change the landscape of education within this country.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?
Although the course was fantastic when I studied, it has gotten even better since then! They are introducing new specialist pathways frequently and will fully support you in your career goals. That being said, they also have high expectations of you, so make sure you can handle the pressure!
Who are you still in touch with from University of Derby?
I am still in touch with lots of my science lecturers and education lecturers as well as old work colleagues from the marketing department. This is helped by the fact that I am now engaged to a man I met whilst working for the University as he worked in the same department as me! He then went on to study the PGCE Post-14 course on my recommendation!