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Making progress - a part of the postgrad experience

Forensic Science graduate Stacey Camilleri turned to the University of Derby for clues to help combine her love of science with her passion for passing on new ideas.

Now you can find out more about how the University can improve your future at our Progress to Postgrad student event from 4-6pm on Thursday 2 March at our Kedleston Road site.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kath Mitchell, current postgraduate students and academics will talk about the courses on offer as well as fees, funding, research and facilities.

“I chose to study at Derby because I had studied my undergraduate degree there, so I knew they had fantastic facilities for me to use,” said Stacey Camilleri, who completed her PGCE Post-14 as a postgrad student.

“I knew that I could get in touch with my old lecturers if I was struggling to teach an aspect of science and they were more than happy to show me ways of teaching difficult topics.

“The lecturers were fantastic at practising what they preached, so almost all of the lessons utilised new and innovative techniques that we could also take into our own classrooms.”

Now, after three years teaching science at a college in Nottingham, Stacey has started a new job at Heanor Gate Science College as a secondary and further education science teacher. She has also taken on responsibility within the school as the lead internal verifier for the BTEC applied science courses and runs a crime scene club after school.

“The University gives its students many career pathways through study and work”, said Stacey. Her science degree meant she could work in almost any scientific environment, whilst her PGCE Post-14 will enable her to work in both young adult and adult learning environments.

“They are frequently introducing new specialist pathways and will fully support you in your career goals,” she said.

Stacey has recently returned to Derby to continue her professional development: “I am currently completing a Masters in Research in Biological Sciences part time and am investigating how role models affect the career aspirations of young people in science.”

Book your place at the Progress to Postgrad event. Free transport will be available from our Buxton and Chesterfield Campuses and Markeaton Street site.