Find out more about how some of our current students and alumni found studying with the School of Education!

Hemalatha Kesavan | PGDE Primary

My name is Hemalatha Kesavan, I am from Chennai, India. I am a 30-year-old mum to a 19-month-old boy and have recently been employed by Aberdeen city council.

I was introduced to the programme by one of my peers and I really liked the way the course was structured, the duration, the flexibility and the offers available after the course. The pandemic proved that a lot of things are possible because I was quite worried about how the course would change due to the restrictions. But it could have not been better, staff were very friendly, kind, understanding and helpful from the beginning of my teaching journey to the end. Every individual’s circumstances were taken into consideration and maximum effort was taken to help us finish the course successfully. Flexibility is the key, and this programme is best example!

This is one of the best decisions I have ever taken. It has changed my whole career and has given me a new perspective to life! I came in as a different person and I am leaving as a better person so I would like to thank the university, staff and all my peers.

Kimberley Dickie | PGDE English 

Kimberley Dickie"Faye Hendry, David Johnston and all of the other course leaders have put in an immense amount of effort to ensure that we get as much understanding and experience as possible out of our course this year. They have provided us with a wealth of information regarding how the MyAberdeen platform works and how we can best utilise it.

The lectures have been informative, engaging and packed with relevant content that I am confident will help me through the various stages of my career. The lecturers at Aberdeen University show devotion to their subjects and their students by creating an open and welcoming online community. This is a community I am thrilled to be a part of." 

Stuart Murphy | PGDE Geography and Modern Studies 

Stuart Murphy"The PGDE course at the University of Aberdeen is an exciting course. The classes are so inspiring and give you loads of ideas and practices which you can implement in the classroom and on placement.

What attracted me to the programme was the emphasis and priority on Health and Wellbeing in schools as well as the flexibility the course offers as I am able to qualify in both Geography and Modern Studies.

The tutors and the staff at the University are really approachable and are on hand if you need guidance and support."   

Lynne Erskine | MA Primary Education 

Lynne Erskine"I’m Lynne, I’m 40, and I’m a probationer in Aberdeenshire Council, having successfully completed the undergraduate MA in Primary Education.  

I would have to admit that being a teacher wasn’t a lifelong vocation of mine, although I’ve always had a love of learning. I first became interested in the Curriculum for Excellence when it was implemented in schools, as at that time I had young children in the lower stages of primary. That interest grew as I began to volunteer at school, and I came to realise that whilst teaching is a demanding job, it’s also so rewarding, and I explored entry into the profession. With four children, I felt that the barriers would be too great to return to study. When we relocated from Fife to Aberdeen for my husband’s job, I contacted the teaching staff at Aberdeen University, and decided to enrol. 

The course was challenging both academically and logistically, but the support I received from the staff, both tutors and support services alike, meant that I was able to successfully navigate the demands of both course work and placements. I was pleased and proud to have been awarded the Kay prize for achieving the highest grade point average in my cohort. 

Not only have I now been able to embark upon a career that I once regarded as an impossibility, but I have made lifelong connections and friendships. The course has given me an excellent foundation of both theoretical knowledge and practical skill that have enabled me to enter my probationary year with the confidence to continue to grow as I gain experience in teaching." 

Dawn Parry | MEd Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support 

Dawn Parry"My name is Dawn Parry and I work as a college counsellor at an international boarding school in Thailand. 

I wanted to do something related to guidance and support that was available online and the MEd in Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support at the University of Aberdeen was perfect. The course is very specialised and this makes you stand out as an applicant for senior roles in schools. The work you undertake on the course is interesting, current and relevant. Within one year of starting it I was able to get a job in a highly competitive IB private boarding school. I was given a role in the senior management team because of the work I had already done on the MEd.

Thee support from everyone involved in the course and university was amazing and the modules were interesting and very useful. The lecturers and tutors were knowledgeable and never overwhelming. I felt supported at all stages and enjoyed writing the dissertation because, although it was difficult, I felt that I learned so much through the whole process."