Graduation 2015: An international education for MarcusThursday 23 July 2015
Marcus Morris, from Brighton, studied Education (Childhood and Youth) and picked up the prize for Contribution to Childhood and Youth Studies.
He is now going on to study for a PGCE Primary qualification at Liverpool Hope.
Marcus said: “"I realised I wanted to pursue a career in teaching/Education whilst working as a youth worker. I was drawn to Primary Teaching in particular because you get to work with them at a really important time in their lives, when they are beginning to form their own ideas and opinions. I feel that my BA study has really prepared me for the PGCE. My thesis was on immigration in the UK and the way social tensions and cohesion link to educational output and inequality. I wanted to explore a topic that was current and complex and could spark many different viewpoints. I’m now looking forward to playing a part in helping young people develop and grow.”
Marcus also undertook the Service and Leadership Award at Liverpool Hope, which is designed to help students develop key skills while giving them the opportunity to contribute to the community. Marcus travelled to Uganda with Global Hope, Liverpool Hope’s international education charity.
Marcus worked in a Primary School called St Peter and Paul, and led lessons in a range of subjects. He said of his experience: “I wanted to be part of Global Hope because it was a chance to do some good in a different country and also develop my own skills. I wanted to go to a part of the world that I had never been to before and release myself from my comfort zone. My trip to Uganda highlighted the poverty that some people endure. However, it also highlighted the resilience and strength of these people. Global Hope is not just about helping others. It is about helping yourself in understanding the world and realising, not only your own potential, but the potential of young people that are not as fortuitous in their circumstances.”