Teresa Wiggelsworth-Baker

PhD Russian and Slavonic Studies

Teresa Wigglesworth-Baker

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     I have been a postgraduate in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies and my thesis is entitled, ‘Language Policy and Russian-Titular Bilingualism in Post-Soviet Tatarstan’. During my PhD research I carried out a report for the Tatar government into the use of Tatar, Russian and English in contemporary Tatar society in 2013 as part of an internship funded by the Centre for East European and Language Based Area Studies (CEELAS).

This internship gave me first-hand experience of working with government and educational institutions as well as being able to put my research skills into practice in the policy making process. Just before my viva in July 2014, I happened to come across a really interesting job at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)/High Commission for National Minorities (HCNM). The job was for a Multilingual Education Strategy Development Expert and sounded amazing so I applied. After passing all tasks as part of the selection process, I was successful in being added to the OSCE’s Roster of Experts in October 2014.

At the start of 2015, I was contacted by the OSCE asking me whether I would like to work on a project with them in Georgia to help improve the Multilingual Education system. I accepted the job and I will be off to Georgia in February 2015 to put all of my research skills acquired during my PhD and the internship into practice in a way which will directly affect the lives of ethnic minorities in Georgia. I never dreamed that I would get a job where I could use my PhD knowledge and skills this way!

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(February 2015)

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