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Keelite of the Month October 2013
What am I doing now?
I received the calling to return to Keele in 2004. I then begin teaching in the School of Health and Rehabilitation. A perk of the job has been the opprtunity to travel and around the world promoting Keele (especially our Health programmes) to a global audience.
How did you get to where you are now?
I left Keele and worked as a physiotherapist in two NHS trusts as well as for Greater Manchester Police (for a short period). I came to Keele to start a Masters degree and the rest is history.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
In 2010 I was awarded a Keele University Individual Award for Learning and Teaching Excellence. I was also an invited keynote speaker at the 2010 Seoul Physical Therapy Association Conference in South Korea.
And your biggest mistake?
Not travelling enough when I was a student!
Photo left: In Saudi Arabia
What are your ambitions now?
I am actually about to leave Keele later this year to work for an education marketing company. It is a completely different role to what I do now but a person always need to seek new experiences.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?
Education is a vibrant and consistently developing area. People (young and old) are always looking to learn new things and develop themselves. Working in education requires you to be open minded, energetic and focused on the long terms goal of the student. You are not in education to teach students you are there to inspire them to learn
What made you choose Keele University?
To be honest, Keele chose me!
What kind of a student were you?
I got better as the three years went on. My first year was spent working hard, living hard and playing rugby. My final year ended up with little time for sport and focusing on my clinical placements, dissertation and nailing my first-choice clinical rotational position.
How has Keele influenced your life?
I met my wife Kathryn at Keele. She returned to Keele with me and completed her PhD. It was always her dream to come back to Keele to do her PhD. Keele has a way of holding on to it best and brightest. This chance meeting at Keele is responsible for eleven years of marriage and two children (one of whom who will arrive in November).
What is your favourite memory of Keele?
There are too many to mention but the raft race across the lake – now banned - sticks in my mind. This is probably to do with the smell of those that fell off the raft after they eventually managed to emerge from the aforesaid swamp.
What is your impression of Keele now?
While things seem to have have changed - new buildings etc - the people around the campus appear the same. When I sit in a class of students I can see carbon copies of my classmates from 1997-2000. The big difference is the greater international diversity which was small when I studied here. I am surrounded by students from all corners of the globe and on the physiotherapy programme I have taught students from as far West as Vancouver and as far East as the Pacific Islands.
Photo Above: Ben with a Hong Kong Student 2013
Anything else you would like to add?
While it looks like I will be leaving Keele soon I cannot say that I may not return again in the future. Keele alumni have a habit of returning....