Neil Currant

Doctor of Education

Neil Currant

Having previously obtained a MEd in Training and Development in 2006, I felt that now was the right time to get back into studying. I have two main reasons for studying on the Brookes EdD course

I started my career as a chemistry teacher before moving into Higher Education. I have a passion for teaching and training and currently work as an educational developer supporting the teaching and learning activities of the university.

Having previously obtained a MEd in Training and Development in 2006, I felt that now was the right time to get back into studying. I have two main reasons for studying on the Brookes EdD course. The first is a long held desire to get a doctorate and to really get the chance to study a subject in great depth. The second is for professional development reasons and career progression.

The Brookes EdD fits around my full time work. The taught sessions are on a Saturday and Oxford is a convenient location for me. Of course the thought of embarking on a part-time doctorate is a daunting one, especially the length of time it takes, but I felt that the EdD would give me more structure and support in the early years to get me started on a good footing.

The cohort based nature of the course means that you really get to know your peers and have a support network to get you through the challenges ahead. Coming to the taught sessions is like meeting old friends. My peers on this course are great and it really helps to know we are going through a shared experience and that we can support each other. We also have really interesting discussions during the taught sessions and over lunch.

The EdD is a vital component for my professional development. It will help to build my capability as an educational researcher and will help develop my knowledge in my chosen topic area. A doctorate is often an important criterion for promotion in my chosen area of work and will give me more options in my future career progression.

The modules on writing for academic practice have especially helped me to develop my writing skills and to have a greater awareness of what it takes to get published. It has been a real confidence boost and I often find myself on the bus thinking about what I could write about next! Dr Jane Spiro, who leads these modules, has really opened my eyes. Jane is such an enthusiastic and supportive teacher, and draws upon her own experience to bring the writing process to life.