Richard Budd (MSc Educational Research Methodology)

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

I studied psychology and management in Leeds, then worked as a researcher for government education agencies in the UK and New Zealand. I was involved in comparing national education systems, and was immediately hooked by the complexity and international nature of the work. I also travelled for a year and taught English in Japan to put the money together for postgraduate study, while also managing some freelance research work on the side. I came here to be learn to be more an effective researcher.

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

It’s a small, friendly department, and I’ve made some good friends.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

RAE Ranking first and foremost, as well as supervisors in my field, and I’d be lying if the university’s reputation and the beauty of the city hadn’t played a part.

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

Engaging with the course and material makes it much easier to dedicate the time required; reading widely and being open-minded about a variety of perspectives. Originality helps, too.

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

As mentioned before, it’s a personable place to study, but it’s still very business-like when it matters. The department produces high-quality research, and there can be few comparable places for studying education as a postgrad.

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

Doctoral studies, followed by academic life, with any luck. Alternatively, research in the public or private sector. Either way, research and hopefully teaching in HE.

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

…possibly strangely, change little. It was a major step above and beyond what I was expecting in terms of difficulty and workload, but it’s been quite a ride and I’m pleased with what I’ve achieved.

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

  • Start your assignments early, and always bear the assessment criteria in mind!
  • Read as much as you can, and go beyond the reading lists and ‘classics’ where you can.
  • Throw yourself into college life.

Please add anything else you would like to say

Plurality wins but form your own opinion.

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