The ability to study at post-graduate level provides you with more than an additional qualification. It can deliver amazing opportunities and provides access to a number of pathways towards a chosen career. Just ask Sam Gandy, who took out an interest-free education loan totalling £5,000 in order to study in London.
The 32-year-old from Market Harborough has since gone a step further as he approaches the end of his PhD; however, as he explained, it’s the journey he’s taken – quite literally – that has changed his life to this point.
After completing an MA in Drama and Film at De Montfort University (DMU), with support from the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, education borrower Jennifer Voss has now embarked on a PhD as a member of one of the establishment’s research centres.
Jennifer began her Master’s degree back in 2013, and following this 15-month course her supervisors felt her work was original enough to be considered for a PhD. In January 2015, she was put forward to apply for a PhD at DMU, to be funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, through the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
Have your undergraduate studies ignited a passion for academia you never knew you had?
Sarwar Islam hadn’t always planned to go on to study at PhD level – but when he came to the end of his undergraduate studies he knew that he didn’t want his university journey to end there.