Julia Paulson (DPhil)

Tell us something about what you were doing before you came to Oxford

I was working with a local, non-profit education organization in Peru before I came to Oxford. Largely because of my experiences in Peru, I became really interested in questions around justice, reconciliation, inequality and education.

What do you like most about studying in the Department of Education ?

I like the supportive community within the Department. There are a lot of opportunities for research students to interact with each other and with Department staff both professionally and socially. I think it is a supportive Department that offers many opportunities for students to develop academic and other professional skills – and I’ve definitely made some great friends.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

I liked the combined focus on comparative education and international education within my research group. I also found the Department and the researchers I was in touch with to be supportive and encouraging in the application process and in sorting out funding.

What qualities do you think an Education student at Oxford needs to have in order to be successful?

I’d say it helps to be curious and open-minded and to make the most of opportunities within the Department and in the University more broadly (from attending seminars and conferences to going to the coffee morning to chat with other students and staff).

We hope that you would recommend the Department of Education as a place to come and study. What reasons would you give for this?

  • The Department has a great graduate community, with opportunities for research students to get involved in shaping this community and contributing to the Department.
  • The Department is very international and welcomes students from around the world.
  • Department staff and researchers are friendly and encouraging.
  • The Department cares about research students and is always working to improve their experience.
  • There are many opportunities within the Department to get involved in exciting research projects, to publish and to build professional skills beyond the actual writing of the thesis.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

I’m hoping to pursue a career in academia (cross your fingers please!)

If I knew before I started the course what I know now, I would….

  • Be sure to talk to as many people as possible (within the Department, in the University and elsewhere) about my research.
  • Set a number of small milestones / deadlines along the way towards writing the final thesis.

Page last modified: March 8, 2014

Programme of study


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