I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. I started my PhD programme at the University of Surrey in 2014, and in January 2016 I transferred my PhD registration to Westminster University, London.
Before undertaking my PhD programme, I thought many courses in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I also undertook series of home tutoring involving individuals and small groups of College and University students in Political and International Relations. The main subject areas I was engaged in include, International Political Economy; Security Studies; International Order; and Refugees, Migration and Development.
My practice in the teaching profession has always adhered with the HEA code of professional conduct by maintaining a professional attitude and behaviour that reflect the teaching profession. The HEA has a statutory responsibility, at central government level, for the effective governance and regulation of higher education institutions and the higher education system in England.
I am aware of data protection and confidentiality, this I have demonstrated by ensuring that information regarding students are well protected, and that information is only shared on the need to know basis. I understand the need for risk assessment in order to identify and avoid hazards in the learning environment. I have the ability to effectively access academic literature and other research studies relating to different aspects of my profession from different teaching and other academic databases in order to enhance my knowledge and skills to provide high quality of teaching. This is evidenced in my PhD thesis.
I am a motivated, caring and empathetic educator with good listening skills, valuing learner’s opinion and respecting each individual’s contribution in order to deliver positive learning outcomes. I am flexible and can work independently and in teams. This has enabled me to work effectively with different staff members and positively contribute to service delivery. Although teaching can sometimes be challenging, I have the personal qualities to cope under such situations, so that I will find teaching a rewarding and satisfying career. I will transfer the skills I have acquired in my previous roles to my future role, and my enthusiasm for the teaching profession will allow me to learn and attempts new challenges. I do believe the knowledge and skills I have previously gained will prepare me to work best with learners and subsequently create a sustainable link between me and the students in order to promote effective learning outcome.
I have been recognised as an Associate Fellow in teaching and learning in HEA since 2014. I hold a Master’s degree in International Relations from Kingston University, London (2009 - 2010). I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies and NGO Management from the University of East London (2006-2009).
My Teaching Philosophy
Through my previous experience in the learning environment, I have developed a personal teaching philosophy that I hope to implement into my future learning environment. My philosophy of teaching is to provide a learning environment where learners are encouraged to interact with me as the facilitator and with fellow learners without fear or intimidation. They are also encouraged to express their feelings and ideas, and to participate in learning process. During teaching session, I allow students to take responsibility for learning in the classroom, but at the same time, I give explanation, guidance and support to learners in facilitating learning outcomes. This is because I always want my students to enjoy the interaction in the classroom and to be challenged by intellectual discussion.
At the end of each session of my class that I teach on, I always want my students to remember me for the following:
He created a conducive learning environment; he encouraged and supported members of the class for better learning outcomes.
He placed me as a learner at the centre of the learning process, he cared about me as a person, and he valued my opinion and contribution during the session.
As an educator, I do have the responsibility to help my students to learn and to understand the topic. I also have the responsibility to inspire them to have the desire to be able to reach their full potential. I inspire them to take full advantage of the latest technologies, such as Visual Learning Environment (VLE) in ‘modern’ classroom and not only to rely on standard classroom materials and teacher facilitation.
The fact that my students are from different backgrounds, this enable them to bring different forms of knowledge and ideas to my classroom. I always make my students into believing that my classroom is a discussion room, where they are expected to discuss, debate and share ideas and knowledge about the topic.
On the very first day of each module that I teach on, I always ask all the students about their names and a brief account about their backgrounds. Later on, in the semester, I will try to call all the students by their names. This makes my students feel valued and important and also make them feel that they belong to my class.
As a young and prospective facilitator, I do believe that my philosophy and teaching styles may change throughout my teaching career, and I want to remain receptive to changes and suggestions and open for improvement.
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.