What do you enjoy about teaching at INTO Newcastle?
I love the diversity I get by teaching at INTO Newcastle University. On the Foundation Pathways in Humanities and Social Science, each semester, I meet students from all around the globe: I currently have students from Uganda, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Turkey and China in my class! This enriches discussions and makes for a vibrant international environment.
I also thoroughly enjoy the subjects I teach. Humanities, as an umbrella subject, is very multi-faceted, so teaching and learning is never dull! I particularly relish the fact that I can indulge my passion for Literature, teaching Shakespeare and Great War poems, in Semester 1. Students not only study texts in an interactive, dynamic classroom environment, but also get to visit prestigious theatre venues, such as the Globe and the Manchester Royal Exchange theatre, to view and review Shakespearian plays. It is also great that students and staff alike may participate together in staff student productions, and I enjoyed coaching Humanities students for roles in Macbeth, as well as participating in musical productions. There is never a dull moment!
What do you love about Newcastle?
I like the fact that Newcastle is very compact and easy to navigate on foot. I enjoy the variety of architecture and the potential to escape down to the banks of the Quayside or jump on the metro to Tynemouth or South Shields. There is no shortage of things to do culturally either and I have loved exploring the galleries close to campus. I have also loved participating in interactive theatre days with students, where we got to talk to the Royal Shakespeare company’s finest cast members, such as Pippa Nixon, who played Ophelia, at the Theatre Royal.