Both the University of Stirling and my chosen Programme were recommended to me by my undergraduate mentor and once on the course, I had the privilege of being taught by a series of highly motivated, internationally respected scholars in small, extremely interactive classes.
Subsequently, I doubt I would have embarked upon a postcolonial studies themed PhD, had it not been for the inspirational commitment of my tutors. I am currently the English Lecturer at Wits University in Johannesburg but it’s quite possible I would not be in this job, had I not studied in Stirling’s incredibly supportive and stimulating environs.
My time there was formative in so many ways: akin to a master-class in both the necessity and rewards of intellectual rigour. That I now have a job I am passionate about is due, in no small part, to the people I was fortunate enough to come across and work with during my time at Stirling.
Just as then I then learned so much from inspirational lecturers, so I still aspire to live up to their standards of commitment and excellence, every time I walk into a seminar room or publish an article.
I remember my MPhil studies with great fondness. And who knows? Perhaps one day I might return to give something back to the University of Stirling and the Department of English that gave so much to me.