Alumni profiles

The School of Education aims to maintain strong links with its alumni. We are very proud of and keen to promote the achievements of our alumni. On these pages we aim to show you examples of the diverse range of career paths our alumni have taken and the wealth of opportunities available to our graduates.

Undergraduate

Elizabeth Burley, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2011
Elizabeth Burley, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2011
Description
Elizabeth is beginning a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Aston Universityand this one year course will enable her to be fully BPS accredited.
Fiona Fraser, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2008
Fiona Fraser, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2008
Description
Alumni Fiona Fraser, is now studying for M.Phil/Ph.D in histories of disability in education and is a Regional Business Development Manager for Cool2Care.
Harriet Ward, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2010
Harriet Ward, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2010
Description
Harriet works for Kirklees Council as a one-to-one SEN teaching assistant at a school and an assistant group leader for out of school clubs for children with complex and profound disabilities.
Hera Shaikh, Childhood, Culture and Education 2008
Hera Shaikh, Childhood, Culture and Education 2008
Description
Hera is now working as a research associate at the Aga Khan University's Institute for Educational Development in Pakistan
Lindsay Brown, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2008
Lindsay Brown, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2008
Description
Lindsay is now working in the Birmingham REP Theatre as an Early Years Officer. She is also a freelance Creative Practitioner.
Sarah Clark, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2010
Sarah Clark, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2010
Description
Sarah Clark works for Nottingham City Council within their Heritage Sites as 'Private Hire Assistant'.
Sayka Hussain, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2008
Sayka Hussain, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2008
Description
Sayka is a Community development worker.She is currently working on a project called "Daddy Long Legs", the aim of the project is to promote positive parenting for fathers/male cares of under 5s focusing on raising attainment
Summaiya Ayub, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2011
Summaiya Ayub, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2011
Description
Alumni Summaiya Ayub, hopes to get through her PGCE and teach at primary level. She also hope to return to the University of Birmingham for further study in a few years.

Initial Teacher Education

Amy Vickerman, PGCE Early Years, 2007
Amy Vickerman, PGCE Early Years, 2007
Description
Alumni Amy Vickerman, is currently working as a full time teacher within a Birmingham nursery school, where she successfully completed her NQT year
Ben Bebbington, PGDipEd Mathematics (Secondary) 2 year SKE course, 2011
Description
Ben now works as an NQT Mathematics Teacher who also teaches statistics.
David Lawrence, PGCE Mathematics, 2009
David Lawrence, PGCE Mathematics, 2009
Description
David hopes to join the MEd course following his NQT year and continue academic research alongside his teaching.
David Lehmann, PGDipEd (QTS) Mathematics, 2011
Description
David graduated with a BSc in Mathematics in BSc and went on to do a PGDipEd in Mathematics in 2011. He is now a Mathematics teacher
Iain Embrey, PGCE 2010/MEd Teaching Studies 2012
Description
Iain is now working as a KS5 Mathematics Co-ordinator
Jalal Ahmed Choudhury, PGCE Primary 2009
Jalal Ahmed Choudhury, PGCE Primary 2009
Description
Jalal aims to become a Head Teacher within an inner city Primary School.
James Bott , PGCE Physics 2009
James Bott , PGCE Physics 2009
Description
James plans to continually learn more strategies to engage pupils, inspire learning and control the classroom!
Jean-Yves Rivière, PGCE Secondary MFL (French),
Jean-Yves Rivière, PGCE Secondary MFL (French),
Description
Jean-Yves has experienced two very different placement schools and enjoys working as a team with his mentors. He says that there are times when he feels "it is like being on an emotional rollercoaster, but there is always great support from the course tutors."
Jemma Sherwood, PGCE Mathematics 2005
Jemma Sherwood, PGCE Mathematics 2005
Description
Jemma is now an AST in Mathematics, Head of House and 'ICT in Mathematics' Coordinator at a high-performing school in Worcestershire
Kali Bajwa, PGCE Secondary Science, 2006
Kali Bajwa, PGCE Secondary Science, 2006
Description
Kali is now working in a school in London and hopes to continue teaching in the UK for the next three years. She then hopes to teach abroad for a year in America and then return to the UK to continue working in a comprehensive secondary school.
Manish Patel, PGCE Science (Physics), 2007
Manish Patel, PGCE Science (Physics), 2007
Description
Once Manish has established himself as an outstanding teacher, he would like to move in to a management role.
Nicky Vowles, PGCE Primary, 2006
Nicky Vowles, PGCE Primary, 2006
Description
Nicky hopes to remain in Birmingham at the end of the course and teach in the city or surrounding areas as she feels that working in Birmingham is so rewarding because you get to work with such a mix of people.
Rebecca Lucas, PGCE Secondary English, 2006
Description
Rebecca is a PGCE alumni. She took the Secondary English course and now works as an English teacher and mentor
Rebecca Morris, PGCE English (2008); MEd (2011)
Description
Rebecca is currently in the first year of an Education PhD at Birmingham Uni. She also teach English 2 days a week at a local secondary school.
Sarah Hughes, BPhil (Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Visual Impairment), 2010
Description
Sarah now works as Head of Science in New College Worcester (a special school for blind and visually impaired young people aged 11 – 19 years). She was one of only two people nationally awarded the Walter Hines Page Scholarship and as for this she visited Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts.
Sophie Martin, PGDipEd Secondary English
Description
Sophie took her undergraduate degree in the School of Education and then went on to do her PGDipEd Secondary English

Masters and Professional Development

Bernadette Roe, University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Bernadette Roe, University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Description
Bernadette says she gained confidence doing this course; it improved her computer skills and she learned such a lot about Autism which is invaluable in her work practice. Plus she gained promotion in her work place
Charlotte Hollis, BPhil (Special Education in Visual Impaired), 2003
Charlotte Hollis, BPhil (Special Education in Visual Impaired), 2003
Description
Alumni Charlotte Hollis is a qualified teacher of the visually impaired at Birmingham Sensory Support Service
Helen Joan Brown, University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Helen Joan Brown, University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Description
Helen is nowbetter armed to fight for her two children, both with ASDS. She is now also a voluntary speaker for the National Autistic Society.
Jeanette Nelson, MEd Professional Studies 2008
Jeanette Nelson, MEd Professional Studies 2008
Description
Jeanette is currently being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on a 1+3 studentship.
Kirsty Thompson, University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Kirsty Thompson, University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Description
Kirsty was first attracted to the course as her son is autistic and she wanted to learn as much as possible.
Linda Ebbutt, One-year Web Autism Course, 2006
Linda Ebbutt, One-year Web Autism Course, 2006
Description
Her studies helped her gain confidence in her job (supporting students with autism in a mainstream setting) and she was able to move on to a better job in a more specialised department (Autism Base in a High School).
Marion Fields, MEd International Management and Policy in Education, 2000
Marion Fields, MEd International Management and Policy in Education, 2000
Description
Marion is a coordinator at the OK Study Centre, Helsinki, Finland. OK is an adult education institution that caters for the voluntary sector.
Norah Anne Swan, MEd in Speech and Language Difficulties (Distance Education) 2010
Norah Anne Swan, MEd in Speech and Language Difficulties (Distance Education) 2010
Description
Alumni Norah, is a class teacher for children with speech, language and education needs.
Pam Martin, University Certificate in Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Pam Martin, University Certificate in Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
Description
Alumni Pam Martin says the course helped her in the understanding of her son's condition and strategies to help him. In her working career it helped her to help and understand the children with ASDs in her care.
Sarah Hughes, BPhil (Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Visual Impairment), 2010
Description
Sarah now works as Head of Science in New College Worcester (a special school for blind and visually impaired young people aged 11 – 19 years). She was one of only two people nationally awarded the Walter Hines Page Scholarship and as for this she visited Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts.
Snib Musonda, MEd. Management of Special Education in Developing Countries 2010
Snib Musonda, MEd. Management of Special Education in Developing Countries 2010
Description
Snib works as a lecturer in the University of Zambia.
Stephen Griffin, MEd International Studies in Education 2010
Stephen Griffin, MEd International Studies in Education 2010
Description
Stephen works as an lecturer in ESOL at South Birmingham College, and as a freelance academic proof reader.
Tracey Woods, Autism (Children) 2011
Tracey Woods, Autism (Children) 2011
Description
Since passing her degree, Tracey has given up her night shift job and works 5 days a week at school as an Autism Advisor.
Trudi Rainsberry, BPhil in Special Education: Autism (Children) 2010
Trudi Rainsberry, BPhil in Special Education: Autism (Children) 2010
Description
Trudi is now working in a mainstream primary school supporting a child with an ASD and ADHD as SEN Assistant.

Postgraduate Research

Adrian Jarvis, PhD Education

 

Helen Lees, PhD Education 2010

Rebecca Morris, PGCE English (2008); MEd (2011)
Description
Rebecca is currently in the first year of an Education PhD at Birmingham Uni. She also teach English 2 days a week at a local secondary school.
 

 

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Contact your dedicated Alumni Relations Officer, Elizabeth Lloyd-Jones (e.h.lloydjones@bham.ac.uk) with any questions you may have post graduation or if you wish to update your profile.