After his degree, Dominic spent many years travelling and working abroad. Eventually, he left his life in Granada, Spain, and returned to England to study a post-graduate teaching course at Bath Spa University.
This is how it all started
I applied to Bath Spa University while in Spain and was invited to an interview with the leader of the PGCE Secondary English course, Barbara Imrie, who had a lifetime of experience as a secondary English teacher behind her. There were two of us that day and we had to stand up and deliver a short presentation to see how we came across as well as field all the usual interview questions. It was to Barbara’s credit that, in the manner of a true English teacher, she was particularly interested in our own reading histories; the subject should, after all, be predicated on a love of books.
Exploring the campus of Bath Spa University
Bath Spa is set in a lovely campus and I joined a diverse and supportive group of students. The other thing I remember about that day was the campus; a long drive leading to a modern university sitting in a stunning and bucolic landscape, with the 18thcentury Main House as a reminder of its heritage. There is a lake, and woods and lots of green space and it’s just outside the amazing City of Bath with its historic buildings, Roman imprint and cultural community.
I was accepted onto the one year course and when it started I found myself in a group of about 20 students from a wide range of locations and backgrounds. This diversity was great as we all brought different things to the course and learned from each other – there was a lot of group work, peer learning and support and joint teaching practice so it was good to be part of a jolly, varied crowd of people.
The other thing I remember was the campus; a long drive leading to a modern university sitting in a stunning and bucolic landscape.