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Anna Gruszczynska (PhD, 2009)

Anna Gruszczynska

Current occupation
Project manager at Sheffield Hallam University - I am in charge of the "Digital Futures in Teacher Education" project which is being undertaken as part of JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Open Educational Resources programme.

Brief outline of PhD research
My dissertation focused on collective identity processes in the context of public gay and lesbian activism in Poland. I explored the meanings of gay pride parades and marches which took place between 2004-2006 in Warsaw, Krakow and Poznan, focusing on issues of emotion and identity.

Why did you choose to study for your PhD in the School of Languages and Social Sciences?
I was lucky enough to be awarded funding to undertake a research project of my own choosing.

What did you find most useful about the PhD programme?
The support of my supervisor was probably the most crucial element! In retrospect, having the time and the space to focus on a long-term research project thanks to the funding was extremely useful as well.

How has your PhD helped you in your current occupation?
Undertaking the PhD gave me a great grounding in project management and it also gave me a great grounding in social sciences more in general, which is very useful considering that I moved from working on sociology-based research to the field of e-learning and teacher education

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