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Andy is Associate Professor and Head of Group – Education at University Centre Shrewsbury.

What is a typical day at work for you?

They are not really typical. It might be management meetings, recruitment activities, dealing with student worries, teaching, visiting schools or numerous other activities. Every day is different.

What is your favourite part of your job?

That variety is great, but probably my favourite is teaching and (hopefully) getting a positive response from students.

Do you have any exciting upcoming projects?

Yes, I am responsible for UCS taking on the Education CPD programme currently offered by Shropshire Authority. I am also trying to finish a book chapter and working with my team to develop some new courses for UCS.

What has been your proudest moment whilst working at the University?

Probably getting an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report for both primary and secondary teaching training and ‘Good’ for Early Years and post 16. This remains one of the strongest Ofsted profiles in the country. As Head of Department, it was great to get that formal acknowledgement of the excellent work the whole team does. 

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.

The Kindness of Friends.

If you could have a superpower, what would you choose?

The ability to stop time and have a rest!

What makes your course stand out compared to other universities?

In terms of teacher training, they are officially amongst the best in the country. We have a very strong, well-established partnership that works collaboratively to ensure the best possible student experience and to develop the best new teachers we can. Having been training teachers for over 177 years, we are well experienced.

Where do students go to on placement?

All our teacher training students spend at least 120 days in school placements, developing their expertise in the classroom. In addition, a unique aspect of our courses is the enrichment experiences, which are additional placements in other educational settings to meet the interests of our students and broaden their horizons (and CV). These include special schools, museums, Chester Zoo and international schools.

Are there opportunities to study abroad with the course?

Yes. We have enrichment places in Australia, the USA, Spain, Scandinavia, China, Kuwait and other countries.

Any last words?

Shrewsbury is a great place to study. You will be known by your tutors, so the support is excellent.


If you'd like to learn more about studying Primary Education at UCS, why not come along to our upcoming Open Evening? You can book your place here

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