Tatiana Rodríguez

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

I’ve had a very varied career that includes Design Technology teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum designer and educational consultant. Immediately before coming to Oxford I was working in Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, mostly supporting professors and lecturers from different disciplines in curriculum design and innovation.

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

My DPhil supervision is rigorous and challenging, yet warm and friendly. I have been pulled out of my comfort zone and put in a steep and difficult, but highly rewarding, learning path.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

After doing my master’s and working with adults as a teacher trainer and a consultant in educational innovation and learning at the workplace I was very interested in researching adult learning and development at work. I decided to apply to the department after reading some of the work on professional practices being done in OSAT as it highly resonated with my academic interests.

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

  • Patience. Learning doesn’t happen overnight.
  • Humility and openness to question your own assumptions and previous learnings.
  • A willingness to search and benefit from all what the University offers.
  • Balance; it’s not all about work, it’s important to protect and nourish other aspects of your life.

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

Living and studying in Oxford is a fascinating experience. You will share the journey with highly motivated and very diverse individuals.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

I am considering setting up my own business to support learning and development in organisations throughout Latin America. I hope to do this in connection to academia.

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

A lot of things come to mind but, as I said earlier, the learning process takes patience and sometimes you cannot anticipate where it will take you or what it will demand from you. So, simply do what you do in the best possible way, read as much as you can and talk with as many people as possible about your research ideas. Feedback is key to this process.

What are three things that you might suggest to students coming after you to help them get the most out of their time here?

  • Establish a trusting and candid relationship with your supervisor from early on.
  • Build a support network. Go to college events, connect with your cohort.
  • Explore Oxford