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Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu

MLitt Film Studies: Theory and Practice

Gambia

Testomial Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu

Why did you decide to study a postgraduate course?

My aim is to become a full professor of cinema and the postgraduate course has served as a relevant stepping stone that I can rely on to organically achieve my goal. It has effectively prepared me for the contemporary challenges and dynamics of my profession and the academia.

What attracted you to Stirling?

The quality of the postgraduate course. The serene location of the university that facilitates a healthy study-life balance in a clean ecological setting.

What did you enjoy most about your time at the University of Stirling?

The professional and ethical guidance of my Course Coordinator, Thesis Supervisor and the lecturers.  Added to that the open-door policies of the staff of the Postgraduate Office and Student Administration made my time enjoyable.

Which aspects of the programme did you enjoy the most?

The in-class discussions, feedbacks from the assignments, flexibility of the teaching timetable and the search for a dissertation topic.

How did your time at University make you more employable?

I undertook placements within the University’s Archive and Special Collections to sharpen my research skills. I was also fortunate to be accepted for the University’s Internship programme funded by the Santander Bank. I served as Course/Class Representative in the Student-Staff Consultative Committee. During the special review of Literature and Languages that take places every five years, I was nominated to represent my course. The interactions with both internal and external examiners boosted my presentation skills before a diverse and critical audience.

What advice would you give to students considering studying at Stirling?

I will advise him or her to not think twice over an offer from the University of Stirling. Once he or she gets one, he or she should grab it without wasting valuable time.

How would you summarise your time at Stirling?

An historic milestone in my life when I was able to transit from professional film and media practice into the academia as part of my career shift.

If you have now graduates, what are you doing now?

I am staying with the University of Stirling to continue my PhD research on African Cinema

 

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