I am Senior Teaching Associate in Academic Skills in the Department of English at the University of Bristol, and one of three course directors of the Foundation Year in Humanities. I teach academic skills, convene the dissertation unit and offer UCAS advice to these students. I also support and mark the dissertations written by the students on the BA English Literature and Continuing Education.
The students on both of these courses are all returning to education after a long gap (several decades for some) and can range in age from their early twenties to pensioners. Such a mixed group makes peculiar demands on the teaching staff, but they are enormously rewarding to teach and have helped me improve as a teacher.