Rupinderjit Kaur Dhami
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background
I was born in Walsall, escaped to Lancaster University, left with my degrees (English Literature – B.A. Hons, and Masters in Language & Women’s Studies) and went to live in Birmingham – temporarily. I did some travelling (highlights – Dharamsala and Raratonga), and some writing (highlights – broadcast BBC Radio 4 afternoon play), before returning to Birmingham – temporarily. I took up the ‘golden handshake’ and trained to be a teacher. Nine years later - after the birth of my two children, I left Birmingham for Santa Cruz, California. Then with a short stop in Jersey – Channel Islands, I returned to California, (Los Angeles this time). Two years later, with my family, we returned to settle in Jersey – not so temporarily…
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
I am an experienced (exhausted, overworked) English Teacher, who wanted to work more meaningfully with students. I saw an opportunity to train to be a teacher of the deaf and took it. The course, thankfully, was a mandatory part of my new job.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
The course provides the knowledge and understanding I need in order to do my job. All aspects of the course – from course readings, to taught session notes, to residential meetings - provide the theoretical and practical foundations for my training as a teacher of the deaf.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
The staff within the School are very helpful – always reply to emails promptly. Feedback on assignments is invaluable and very prompt.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
I am a part-time distance learner so do not attend campus but the virtual use of the library facilities is brilliant.
Any other comments you would like to make?
A very positive experience so far!