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Dr Andrew Kenneth Shenton

Career Path: Independent researche/Part-time Member of the support staff at Monkseaton High School.

Where are you doing now?

Much of my working week is spent writing papers for academic journals and professional periodicals.  I currently have around 150 publications to my name. I fund my academic activities through working mainly in the reprographics department and library of a local high school.

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

My PhD work equipped me with the skills I needed to conduct research that is of sufficient calibre to be published in some of the leading journals in my discipline.  I also learnt much about how to write for different readerships.  This is really important if one is to target practitioners as well as scholars.

What was the best thing about your course?

When I began my BA course, I was delighted to have the opportunity to study topics of particular interest to me and the marks that I gained contributed to my final award.  Although I'm essentially a quiet and introverted person, I also loved meeting like-minded people and making new friends.  I'm still in touch with some of them.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

My greatest inspiration was a chap called Bill Shaw. He taught me on my BA course.  Bill was a wonderful man who spoke with authority in lectures and humility in seminars.  We clicked instantly and one of his assessments of my work was the kindest thing that's ever been said about me.

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

When I first came to Northumbria I was only eighteen years of age and very raw.  I'd written lots of essays for A-Level at school but never any reports, and the idea of structuring accounts under headings was unfamiliar to me.  Fortunately, one of my first-year modules equipped me with all the skills I needed in order to write reports effectively and I still apply these today since many journals require authors to set out their work in this way.

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

My happiest memories are of winning two awards, one on my BA course and the other during my MSc studies.

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

Go for it! You're bound to enjoy the experience!

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

Fun, challenging, satisfying.

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