Saira studied MSci in Chemistry with Biomedicine before embarking upon her PGCE at the University of Oxford
Inspired to teach
During my first year as an undergraduate, I became involved in running an outreach STEM summer school for the gifted and talented students from the poor socio-economic boroughs. It was then that I truly appreciated the significant role in raising pupil’s aspirations to motivate them to follow their dreams. I could see that by giving these students praise and showing them science was very applicable to daily life that their confidence levels increased. It was during these sessions that I truly appreciated how I can make a difference in someone’s life, providing me with an opportunity to give back to the community by passing on my passion for chemistry to students through innovative teaching and encouragement.
Choosing the PGCE
The PGCE was the route that appealed to me the most. The PGCE course not only allows you to build and establish your practice through school placement, but also gives insight into the pedagogy behind teaching.
RSC scholarship benefits
Alongside my UCAS application, I applied for and received the RSC Scholarship. One of the most rewarding benefits of this scholarship was the opportunity to undertake professional development courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York. These courses were very enjoyable but also very informative in aiding my professional development as well as my pedagogy. One of the highlights of these termly meetings was meeting the scholars. Making new friends and sharing our experiences. I would definitely recommend applying for the scholarship for not only the financial support but also the added guidance needed to persevere through the PGCE course.
Advice for future applicants
You will have good days and bad days but reminding yourself what your goals are and your inspiration is will make this a truly rewarding year.
Find out more
- Read about the RSC.