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Percy Mather

Where are you doing now?

I work with primary schools to deliver The ABC Project courses to children in years 4, 5  and 6.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

The course provided me with a certainty that I had some academic credibility, increasing confidence and providing me with a realisation that simply because my perspective was different from some of my police colleagues, it didn't necessarily make it wrong.

What was the best thing about your course?

As someone with four O-levels and no A-levels, a realisation that I had some academic credibility, securing a First and the highest mark for my thesis that had ever been awarded.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

The tutor who made a lasting impression was John Sword who also supervised my thesis.  He was down to earth, accommodating and understood the difficulties likely to be experienced by someone who was not following the usual route into academia.

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

The ability to identify the elements of an argument and pinpoint the salient factors to defend the proposition.

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

Exploring teaching and learning  and opening my horizons to the potential for further development leading to an MPhil and, finally, a PhD.

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

Make sure you know why you are doing the course and seek advice and guidance if unsure.  The Coach Lane campus, which was my base, provided a learning environment separated from the hurly burly of the main campus but personal taste will determine which one is the more preferable.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Elevating my aspirations

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