Lucy took up an internship with the Norwich School and was able to make the most of the opportunity to broaden her thinking and develop her skill set, whilst providing a highly positive experience for her students.
What drew you to become involved in the UEA Internship Programme?
I wanted to link my PhD to teaching in a school and the UEA Internship Programme helped me do this, along with the Teacher Scientist Network.
How did your UEA experience help prepare you for your internship?
Whilst studying Biological Sciences at UEA, organisation and time keeping were major factors including balancing lab work and assignments with lectures. Such skills were transferrable with balancing my PhD and internship. Furthermore, the Skills for Biologists' module also gave some helpful tips on presenting, which came in handy when giving a lesson.
What would you say was the most enjoyable aspect of your role?
The teaching. Most of my time is spent on preparing for teaching, but when I actually get to do it, it is great. The students are keen to learn and are very interactive in lessons. The Norwich School are very supportive in my role and provide such a positive learning environment for the children. I experience this environment when I walk in the teaching room. I always come away with a smile on my face, even if the lesson didn't go as planned.
Was there anything unexpected or extra that you gained from your internship?
I gained a real insight into teaching and learning as a process.
Would you recommend the programme to others?
Yes. Within my PhD I am so focused on one aspect of science. It is a great opportunity to broaden my thinking and identify other areas in which I can contribute to the future.
If you would like to find out more about the UEA Internship Programme, contact the UEA Internships Team on 01603 593917 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.