19/06/2019

My Educational Journey With UoB

Within four years of studying at The University of Bolton, my life took a complete 360.

I initially started on the Access to Business Management course and with not being in education for over 16 years, was a huge shock to the system. My goal then was to get onto the degree programme and study Business Management, which I achieved.

I left the Motor Industry after many years to complete a degree, with all intentions to go back into the industry with more qualifications and further my career within a senior management role. However, this changed when I was midway through my studies.

The lecturers were the reason for this change, their impact on me was so strong that it sparked my love for teaching. The knowledge, empathy, experience and care that the teaching staff within the Institute of Management demonstrated was amazing and if it was not for their continuous support and need to go above and beyond there expected duties, I do not think I would be where I am today.

After completing my degree, I undertook my PGCE qualification which I have now completed, and whilst doing so had the honour of working alongside the lecturers I had admired for so long and had great respect for, as I was offered a teaching placement within the Institute of management.

I am now in a teaching position at a college and am currently completing my HEA Fellowship through the University of Bolton. I will also be starting my master’s degree in International Management which I will be studying at the Institute of Management in September 2019.

I cannot thank Stuart Marsh, Ian Chapman, Paula Hardman, Susan Rabbit, Paul Bridge, Ian MacDonald and Carl Bridge enough for their belief in me and for being my inspiration to become the kind of lecturers they are. My goal is to have the opportunity of working alongside such amazing people again and become a lecturer at the University of Bolton.

Stephanie Kennedy (Student)

BSc Business Management

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