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Success for Dr Liz
Former Duchy College student Liz Done has just graduated from Plymouth University's Faculty of Education with a PhD.
Liz studied a Foundation Degree in Equine Behaviour and Training at Duchy College Stoke Climsland, and has since gone on to work as an Assistant Professor at a Sudanese university in a Staff Professional Development Centre whilst also teaching in the School of Psychology, and has recently gained her doctorate.
Liz has published her research in peer-reviewed journals such as Reflective Practice and Studies in Higher Education. Her dissertation was entitled The Supervisory Assemblage: A Singular Doctoral Experience. The title contains references to a school of philosophical thought which allowed Liz to think of riding instruction as a three-way communication between instructor, pupil and horse.
Liz said: "My two years at Duchy College were an intensive but thoroughly enjoyable learning experience where the motivation to achieve was actively encouraged. I was offered a high level of personalised support as a mature returnee."
Liz continued: "The best thing about Duchy College was the feeling that I was part of a vibrant learning community where students were encouraged to develop their own informed viewpoints on topical industry issues. Duchy College offered me qualifications which are highly relevant to the regional economy but which also have a global reach. So I have taught in east Africa but am now getting experience in teaching riding within twenty miles of the campus."
Higher Education Co-ordinator, Hayley Randle said: "We are really pleased that Liz has gone on to continue her education and achieve a PhD. The Equine Behaviour and Training course that Liz completed at Duchy College is a unique course, designed for anyone looking to work with horses, understanding more about the behaviour and psychology of horses and its practical application. It allows students to learn about the equine decision-making process and how it impacts on their behaviour. This obviously caught Liz's imagination having gone on to teach psychology."
Head of Duchy College Andrew Counsell said: "It is fantastic news to hear that Liz has completed her doctorate. It is always nice to hear of the achievements of our former students and welcome them back to the College to share their experiences. At Duchy College we actively encourage our students to progress to their full potential, whether that be progressing onto further study or entering the world of work. I wish Liz luck for the future."
All undergraduate courses at Duchy College are awarded by the Plymouth University.
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