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Dr Heather Bain

Doctorate in Education (EdD)

Scotland

Why did you decide to study a postgraduate course?

To be able to progress in my professional practice as a nurse educator.

What attracted you to Stirling?

It was recommended by previous students but more importantly I was aware of the excellent reputation from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the strength of the academic staff.

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

The taught element of the course over the first two years was very fulfilling and in particular studying with a cross section of professionals who challenged my assumptions.

Which aspects of the programme did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed the relation this programme had to my professional practice and that throughout the doctorate journey I was able to influence policy and practice. It was in submitting my completed thesis and preparing for my viva that the significance of my journey became clearly apparent to me. The support I had from my principle supervisor Professor Tara Fenwick was exemplary.

Do you think the degree has made you more employable, or better prepared for further study? If yes, what are the key skills? What contacts/networks have you made in your time at Stirling?

I have developed new networks from undertaking this programme which are both personal and professional. I see this doctorate as the beginning of my research career and it will be a foundation for both further research and seeking a promoted post.

What advice would you give a student considering studying at Stirling?

The Campus at the University of Stirling has excellent facilities and the support provided by both support and academic staff is exceptional. You won’t be disappointed.

How would you summarise your time at Stirling?

This course has supported me in a personal and professional journey, which at times has been very challenging but the end result is very rewarding.

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