I decided to progress to a PhD at the University of Suffolk following my positive experiences during previous study. I have always liked the community feel of the institution and appreciated the support and encouragement from staff. For me, the decision to return was simple. I am completing my PhD full-time and am treating it like a job, with the campus as my ‘place of work’. My relationship with the tutors has changed and I feel more like a colleague than a student. I have enjoyed basing myself in the academic environment and having the opportunity to share ideas, which has helped to steer the planning and preparation of pilot projects I am initiating.
We have a dedicated PhD space within the Library Building, providing the ideal study environment to focus in peaceful surroundings and access a wide range of resources. The diversity within the student body, with students of different ages and backgrounds, makes it a rich learning environment.
As a mature student, I have returned to education after almost 30 years. My area of research represents a complete career change from my current employment history. A PhD is a huge undertaking and there is a lot to learn, but I am pursuing a subject that I am passionate about and I am excited about the new opportunities this qualification, and the people I meet along the way, may present.