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Ellie Lee Primary PGCE

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Hi, I'm Ellie Lee and I am studying Primary PGCE.

My time at the University of Southampton has taught me that am I capable of great achievements when I push myself out of my comfort zone.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

Having completed my undergraduate degree in Education at the University of Southampton, I knew it was the only place I wanted to complete my further studies. I was confident I would be fully supported in my journey to becoming a teacher as the staff care about the progress of their students. The department have a wealth of knowledge and experiences regarding education and it is a genuine pleasure to learn from them.

What is it like studying here?

There is a great atmosphere at the University of Southampton; it is easy to make friends with like-minded people.

Lecturers are supportive and take a genuine interest in your development, supporting and guiding you were they can. There is so much support available from personal academic tutors, to the enabling and wellbeing centre as well as housing and lettings support.

How do you rate the study facilities at the University? 

The facilities on campus are excellent. The library is well stocked and the librarians are always open to new suggestions should there not be a book or resource available that you think would be beneficial to your course. There are many spaces around the university to study; whether you prefer a quiet nook or somewhere a bit more lively.

Have you undertaken any work placements, collaborations with industry, internships, studying abroad or volunteering? How have these enhanced your experience?

The University opened up an opportunity to volunteer with a local educational charity that works to support children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Through this voluntary opportunity, I was employed by the charity to work with them for two summers. This was an invaluable experience which has certainly informed my practice as a trainee teacher.

What are you most proud of from your time at Southampton so far?

My time at the University of Southampton has taught me that am I capable of great achievements when I push myself out of my comfort zone.

My greatest achievement has been winning the undergraduate prize award for three consecutive years. I was extremely proud on the day of my graduation.

What do you think you have gained from your studies that you wouldn’t have developed without them?

The opportunity to work with an educational charity supporting children from socio-economic backgrounds would not have been possible if it was not for the University of Southampton who are in partnership with them. This experience was invaluable and has helped prepare me for life as a trainee teacher.

How have the people you have met at Southampton changed your life?

I have made friends with like-minded people who are supportive and encouraging. Teaching staff are incredibly supportive and will go out of their way to help you with your studies. Their knowledge and experiences make studying at the University of Southampton unique.

What will you do with your degree/research after you have finished your studies?

My Undergraduate degree in Education prepared me for studying on the PGCE course. Once I have completed this, I will begin my journey as a teacher. The PGCE gives me a third of a masters degree which can be topped up to a full masters up to five years after graduating. This will certainly be something to consider to develop my knowledge and skill set and increase my employability.

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