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Vega Brennan

Career Path: Art Teacher, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
Location: Carlisle, UK

Teaching is exhausting! Sometimes you need to take a look at what you're doing from the outside. The MA made me a better teacher, but it also made me more self-aware, more thoughtful and allowed me to re-connect with my artistic practice.

What are you doing now?

I am still teaching at my school and devising innovative projects and ways of teaching.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The quality of the course, its tutors and the links with the Baltic.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The feedback was fantastic. The access to lectures and group critiques was really helpful.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

Their openness. They didn't close things down, they opened doors. They created a community of practice where we all supported each other.

How connected was your course with industry?

The lectures by visiting artists were inspirational, they were always packed out but gave me food for thought for a long time afterwards.

What was the best thing about your course?

Allowing myself time to grow and develop outside the constraints of my job.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Openness. I am prepared to let my students make mistakes. I encourage them to try things out. I listen in the same way my tutors listened to me.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The supportive relationships between students and staff. Using the resources and getting to know Newcastle.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Step up to the mark.

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