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'The further study discount motivated me to study a postgraduate degree.'

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Saira studied an undergraduate degree in BA (Hons) Primary Education 5-11 with QTS and now studies MSc Computing with the help of the ‘Class of’ further study discount. 

‘Graduating in 2020 was a bit of a surreal feeling as the in-person teaching on the course had to come to an abrupt halt, the library support was not available during the start of the pandemic (other than online resources), and the job market was also unstable.’

Computing had always been Saira’s passion and as immediate employability was quite uncertain due to the closure of schools, she decided to focus on further studies, rather than going straight into a full-time teaching position.

‘Even though I was being told that MSc Computing would not benefit me if I decide to stay in teaching, I still wanted to fulfil my desire and use this time wisely to enhance my qualifications.

'The further study discount motivated me to study at postgraduate level. Without this, and part-time employment as a supply teacher, continuing with my studies would not have been possible.’

Saira has found there is a lot of diversity in the postgraduate community and says that being familiar with the campus helped her transition to higher level study.

‘The postgraduate community consists of mostly mature students and being a mature student myself, I have felt more connected during the projects, presentations and seminars.

‘It has been a wonderful experience. With postgraduate study, not only have I enhanced my subject specific knowledge, but I can now also apply for more senior positions in education and show my expertise compared to other candidates without a masters.’

‘My ambitions for the future are to pass my postgraduate degree with a distinction. After working for a couple of years and gaining experience as a primary teacher, I would like to return to studies and complete a doctorate level degree. 

‘Being in education, learning and gaining qualifications is something I will always find very satisfying.’

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