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Dr Annelies Kamp
Doctor of Philosophy 2007
Master of Professional Education and Training (Workplace & Vocational Education & Training) 2003 and
Staff member 2004-2008

I am currently…
A researcher and lecturer at Dublin City University in Ireland, where I teach education and training management.  Most of my teaching is to Masters students - more particularly people who are taking on Masters studies while working full-time.  I also teach one undergraduate programme each year in work and community education.

I chose to study at Deakin because…
At that time there wasn’t a Masters programme in professional education and training available in New Zealand where I was working at the time and I chose Deakin because it had an excellent reputation for delivering distance education. My course therefore enabled me to enrol in a programme that offered what I wanted at that time, whilst still working full-time.

Reflecting on my tertiary education experience…
I didn’t even think of university studies until I was in my mid-twenties but once I got in the door and enrolled in that first undergraduate degree, I’ve haven’t left university since. After I graduated with my Masters, Deakin offered me the chance to apply for a PhD scholarship and it didn’t take long to figure I should grasp that opportunity.  I did my PhD full-time on scholarship and it was a tremendous experience.  I then went back to work but also continued teaching and researching at Deakin and Monash Universities.  I was eventually awarded an Adjunct Research Fellowship that enabled me to continue my own research.   In 2010 I decided to move to Ireland for family reasons and took up a full-time academic role with DCU.

At university I was inspired to imagine how things could be other than they are.  My biggest worry now is that I won’t be able to find the time to explore all the things I have on my ‘that’s interesting’ list.

Today, I am motivated by…
A desire to make a difference in the lives of my students, so they can make a difference in the lives of others.  I know how powerful education can be and I try to ensure they have the kind of challenging but supportive experience that I have had through the years.

In my profession it is important to…
Have the courage of your convictions and be able to articulate those convictions.   There is little point in having an insight, or undertaking compelling research, if no-one else can gain access to it.

I feel a strong connection with…
The aspiration for a more socially just world and I see education as having a great role to play in that.  One of the things we do very well here at DCU is to provide opportunities for tertiary studies to people that would not otherwise have the chance to study at that level.

The single-most important issue in the world…
Is forging a sense of shared community.

The best things I would recommend about Deakin are…
The people who work and study there.   When I speak with others about their doctoral journeys I am often struck by how fortunate I was that I worked collaboratively with such talented people at Deakin who were genuinely interested in my research and my professional development.

My course helped my career…
Immensely.  When I started my graduate studies I was working for a Crown Agency in New Zealand and I was able to directly apply so much of what I learnt and that then continued with the in-depth research of my doctorate, which provided a great platform from which you can confidently lead others.   Subsequent to my PhD being conferred I was a Ministerial Appointment to the Adult, Community and Further Education Board of Victoria and my qualifications ultimately allowed me to make the move to a full-time academic role in Ireland.

In the future…
I would like the luxury of writing full-time.  I have a list of projects that I want to complete that all demand time to research, think, write, rewrite and then rewrite some more!


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