Ask our distance learning students a question

The best advice on being a postgraduate always comes from those who have experienced it for themselves. We provide an informal support network for prospective students, where experienced postgraduates offer help and advice on studying via distance learning with the College of Arts and Law.

Short profiles of a selection of our distance learning students are below. You can make contact and ask them a question here.

Giannmarco Butler – Distance learning MA, International Heritage Management

Giannmarco (Gianni) is a MA Candidate in International Heritage Management with the Ironbridge Institute for Cultural Heritage. His focus is the creation of unique, participatory visitor experiences. Gianni has curated artefacts with the Maple Valley Historical Society, hosted the Terracotta Warriors exhibit at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, and conducted field Archaeology in Central Spain. Perhaps you will see him soon at your local museum!


Matthew Phillips – Distance Learning MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Matthew is a university professor from California teaching in Korea. His research interests are looking into the ways that narrative inquiry can assist in teacher development and conceptual change. He is also interested in using critical discourse analysis, social semiotics, and cognitive linguistics frameworks in his studies.

 Matthew Phillips

Keith Pigott – Distance learning PhD, Global Ethics

Keith is a PhD student on the Global Ethics programme. His area of interest is the ethics of migration. He was a full-time undergraduate over thirty years ago, joining the PhD programme at Birmingham after completing part-time taught masters. He combines study with a full-time job at a large financial company located in Munich, Germany. His area of research has no connection to his professional life but is aligned to a long-standing private commitment to human rights activism.