Current occupation Lecturer/Languages for All coordinator at University of Essex Brief outline of PhD research I looked at welfare state measures in the former German Democratic Republic and how these were implemented by the communist leadership to stabilize the dictatorship. Why did you choose to study for your PhD in the School of Languages and Social Sciences? For me, finding a supportive, patient and helpful supervisor was my first priority. My supervisor, who is working at Aston, was key in me being able to finish my PhD research within the expected time.
What did you find most useful about the PhD programme? I enjoyed the fact that I was able to work and study at the same time very much. This was something very important for me, as I didn't want to be "only" studying, but I also wanted to gain work experience at the same time.
How has your PhD helped you in your current occupation? In HE a PhD is highly important qualification for many positions.