Issue 8 - Page 6

My own experience as an international student helps me relate to my students, as well as understanding how overwhelming the process can be.

Nitu Gupta

University of Leicester Global Study Centre (LGSC)

In 2000 I started my teaching career in India where I taught a Business and Management degree to undergraduate and postgraduate students before coming to the UK. I joined the centre in April 2009 as a business tutor and I’m currently leading the Economics and Management Foundation Year and International Year One in Management at LGSC.

Learning is an ongoing process for me. I completed my bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and a teaching qualification whilst living in India. Since coming to the UK though, I have completed another master’s degree, a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and the Fellowship of Higher Education Academy - gained at the University of Leicester. I might go back to student mode again, as I believe it is a never-completed process for me.

I found a passion for economics, business and management because of the way they all mingle with the real world. Having taught various modules over my career, I believe the modules that are taught to our students help them to understand business and trade, as well as their applications to the real world. I hope my knowledge in these subjects benefits students in their future careers. I love the feeling of providing future entrepreneurs and business leaders the best start to their academic journey.

I feel as though teaching is my destiny, there was never really a plan. It just sort of happened, but I have never looked back or regretted my decision. My own experience as an international student helps me relate to my students, as well as understanding how overwhelming the process can be, from being away from family to getting emotional during festivals. But this feeling helps me create relationships with my students, from which we all benefit.

Here at LGSC, we deliver well thought out and organised curriculum, and provide students with all necessary valuable support and feedback. We ensure that teaching and learning is pedagogically sound, learner-focused and accessible, by putting students at the heart of everything we do.

In my spare time, when I am not teaching, I like to cook or go for a walk and enjoy nature - irrespective of the UK weather. Some days I believe in having some time to do nothing to give my eyes, mind and body a rest.