Being in Sheffield with like-minded, lovely people and being able to immerse myself in a place that was just for me was hugely therapeutic.

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Jackie Musgrave
Masters and doctoral student
MA Early Childhood Education and Sheffield EdD programme
Jackie, an alumni of two postgraduate programmes in the School of Education, talks about how her confidence flourished during her studies.

I remember the trepidation I felt as I travelled up to Sheffield for my first MA weekend back in 2009, would I be able to do it? and if so, how on earth was I going to fit in the work?

I have to say that I didn’t feel at all confident when I left Sheffield, but what I did feel was a huge buzz and a thirst for knowledge. With the help of my tutor and the staff at The University of Sheffield, I got through my first assignment, gained confidence and developed skills and suddenly I ‘got’ it.

So much so, that I ended up being awarded the Rutland Prize for Early Childhood Education. I studied for my MA at a time when I was grieving following the death of one of my daughters. Being in Sheffield with like-minded, lovely people and being able to immerse myself in a place that was just for me was hugely therapeutic. I wasn’t the woman whose daughter has recently died, I was simply one of the MA students.

At the end of my MA I was still hooked and I wasn’t ready to leave. I picked up a flyer advertising the EdD and I can remember thinking, I wonder if this is my next step? I asked Cathy Nutbrown if I was deluded in even thinking about applying, but as always she was supportive and encouraging. So, I went straight on to the EdD programme and loved every minute of that too.

Four students laughing while sat at a bench, outside the Students' Union

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