International Diploma Programme ManagerRead teacher's story
Meet Damian Owen, who is the Programme Manager for International Diploma, and also teaches economics content on the course.
“I think one of the great advantages within the International Diploma is the range of staff to deliver on the course are also international; they’ve had international business experience. We’ve got staff from Ghana, we’ve got staff who have worked in Germany, Russia and China, so we’re able to fully understand students’ backgrounds.
“We make sure is that students get a very hands-on approach to the subject matter. The research techniques that we give to students are appropriate for undergraduate level, and we coach and mentor our students to make sure that they are fully ready for their second and third years at university.
“Often in the first year at university you can be lost in a huge lecture theatre. At INTO, we’re able to have a lot of one-to-one support and allow students to use their presentation and team-working skills within the course.
“We always say that the advantage in coming to INTO Manchester is the high level of support. Our students have a huge benefit, particularly for research, and are applied in areas of narrow, niche content that they wouldn’t normally get within the university framework.
“I think the biggest thing that I notice when students from arriving here to leaving INTO is the confidence levels that they have, the confidence to interact with local students within Manchester or within the UK.
“In so many respects, it sets them up for the rest of their life, because we are moving into times where students are going to have globalised jobs, multinational jobs and be used to dealing with several languages.
“I think the whole journey that the students have here at INTO really does set them up for an international business lifetime.”
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Programme Manager for Science and EngineeringRead teacher's story
What is your background?
I spent three years working in the pharmaceutical industry as a microbiologist and also in research and development, before re-training as a teacher. I also volunteer for the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. I also give careers talks and advice about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to school and college students throughout the North West.
What can students expect from you as a lecturer at INTO Manchester?
I aim to provide students with exciting lessons using a range of methods to ensure everyone can participate and lots of support. We offer a fabulous practical programme in university laboratories to complement the theory lessons. Students love hands-on, messy science; like dissections. These sessions are fun and help students visualise things which we cannot easily show with diagrams and pictures. Students see the anatomical structures, such as the heart, for instance.
What are the university laboratory facilities like?
The labs are big, well designed and very well equipped. We have support from a wide range of technicians – from cell biologists to anatomists, and they use their own expertise to ensure our labs are technically challenging and exciting. Of course, the universities know what students need to study to access their degree courses; so our practical sessions are highly relevant to degrees in life and health sciences, as well as more general science degrees. Time flies by when we are working in the lab!
Why do you think a student should choose to study at INTO Manchester?
Manchester is a fantastic city – with lots of history, culture, a rich music and sport scene and plenty to keep you amused. INTO Manchester teachers are so hard working and caring; you will definitely enjoy living and studying here.
Do you have any advice for students coming to study at INTO Manchester?
Bring a positive attitude with you. A raincoat, some Wellington boots and an umbrella might also come in handy.