Megan Harnett - BA in Educational Studies 

Education specialist Megan Harnett was originally a science student, but discovered an interest in education when she took on a voluntary placement working with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties in a local primary school.

She decided to change her original plan of studying for a chemistry degree, to apply for the BA in Educational Studies and Early Childhood Studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The degree course focuses on the 0-8 year age range and examines key issues such as child development, inclusive practice and observational practice in an early years setting.
Megan flourished during the three-year course; graduating with a first-class honours degree in 2009.

Following her successes at undergraduate level, Megan was offered the chance to apply for a bursary to continue her studies at PhD level.

Megan said: “I was able to undertake an M.Phil in the first instance to enable me to study at PhD level. I was really interested in continuing my studies, particularly in my specialist area, looking at disabled students and their transition to higher education.

“As part of my research, I’ve been undertaking data collection and interviewing participants, as well as undertaking some hourly teaching on the undergraduate course at Cardiff Metropolitan University.”

Megan has since been offered a full time lecturing post at Aberystwyth University, and will continue her PhD studies part-time.

She said: “My university course has prepared me for working in an academic teaching role – I’ve learnt a great deal about presentation techniques and discipline which are lifelong, useful skills.”

Under the spotlight:

2004-2005: Leaves school with 3 A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and English Literature
2006-2009: Studies Educational and Early Childhood Studies, graduating with a first class honours degree.
2009-2011: Studying Education at PhD Level
2011: Lecturer at Aberystwyth University

Visit the Cardiff School of Education website to find out more about the range of courses available.