Bethany Edge - PhD Critical Management Studies

Bethany Edge studied for both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Management in Keele Management School and has stayed with us for her PhD in Critical Management Studies.

 “If it wasn’t for the staff at Keele, I never would have believed that I was capable of doing this! In this sense, my courses here have been invaluable in my personal development. During my undergraduate studies, the variety of modules available were far more diverse than other Universities. Due to the relatively small lecture groups, the academics always had time for any queries I had and I loved the beautiful campus environment.

During my MA by far the highlight of my course was the opportunity to work in industry on an applied company research project. This was made possible through Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme (KRISP). KRISP is designed to support businesses that are thinking about, or are currently in the process of, developing a new product, process or service. Not only did this provide me with invaluable ‘hands on’ experience in industry, but I also got paid for my expertise. I chose this instead of a dissertation.

What areas are you researching in your PhD?

I’m currently studying for a PhD in Critical Management Studies, specifically looking at gender identity in pharmacies, while working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) teaching management modules to undergraduate students. Its really great to give back to the school, as they have been so supportive of me throughout my journey.

What advice would you give to current students?

Keele is such a supportive environment to learn within. During your undergraduate studies take full advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities available. In an increasingly competitive job market, in hindsight, it would have really enriched my CV, if I’d chosen, as one of my elective modules, to learn a language, such as Japanese. Embrace all opportunities.