Dr Will Shield - MA in Education
Enrolling on a MA in Education was the ideal next step for Will to combine his interest in psychology with a focus on education.
“I loved the teaching and whole student experience during my psychology degree at UWE Bristol. So when I wanted to become an educational psychologist, I decided to stay on there to do a MA in Education.
"I found work as a behaviour assistant in a secondary school and studied the course alongside that, part time over two years completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, which made it really flexible.
"The teaching on the course was very well thought out, and highly relevant both to my job and the career I was working towards.
"I liked, in particular, that it was profession-focused, so I could take a lot of the new ideas and research I was learning about back into my work managing behaviour in schools.
"Above all, it bridged the gap for me between my psychology degree and establishing myself as an education specialist. And it was the grounding I needed to go onto my Doctorate in Educational, Child and Community Psychology – and then into my chosen field.
"I’m now a Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist, working in schools across Somerset and North Somerset. My job is to use psychology to help understand the challenges that some children face with learning. I am particularly interested in social, emotional and mental health needs, which links well with some of the assignments I wrote when studying at UWE Bristol.
"The thinking and research skills I developed on my course regularly come into my practice, as I help schools and families to problem solve and try out new ideas and strategies.
"I look back on my experience at UWE Bristol as integral to me getting where I am today.”