Jillian Anderton

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

I was teaching in a university setting in Germany as well as running a small business offering various English and intercultural trainings to companies in Germany.

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

The support given by Dr. Catherine Walter has been tremendous. The course participants are all working full time which is a big ask and we occasionally need a little understanding in terms of schedule. The academic standard is rigorous but my impression is that we have all risen to the challenge. The structure of the course has helped, leading us to good research habits and essay writing skills. This has been invaluable for my own work with university students. Also, the two residential weeks at Oxford have been a real plus academically and socially. This gives us a feeling of University life that I think is important for motivation apart from just being enjoyable and an opportunity to touch base.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

The fact that it was specifically aimed at the university context, part time and a distance course were factors. It would not have been realistic for me to do it otherwise. I also thought it would be wonderful to study at Oxford. I didn’t have the opportunity when I did my first degree and that attracted me very much.

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

Well, self discipline is important but I wouldn’t worry about this too much because once you start term there is no question that the work has to be done. Somehow we all find time. It also helps to be curious about the material studied and interested in improving your own academic performance. Dr. Walter really leads the students through this aspect though.

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

It has definitely been a plus for me in my career and has been positive for my self image. By this I mean that I am happy to have been able to cope well with both work and study. The name of Oxford University has opened a couple of doors for me as I think it has for some of the other participants. I have not experienced better teaching than we have received on this course and this alone has been a real motivation for my own work. Also, the on-line community of course participants has been close and supportive. This has also a new experience for me.

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

Do it again!

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

  1. Read the recommended texts
  2. Develop good relationships with your fellow students
  3. Make sure you allow for time in your work schedule to study

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