This week I was delighted to accept the offer of a place to study History of Art and Architecture at Birkbeck, University of London.
It’s a part-time Graduate Certificate course, meaning that I’ll attend lectures for one evening a week at the School of Arts in Gordon Square and perhaps the occasional Saturday workshop. Teaching will be at the level of a final year undergraduate course.
Of course, I’ll be doing this for fun, pursuing a long-time personal interest in the subject. I’m not about to give up the job I love! But I do harbour an ambition to study for an MA in History of Art at some time in the (perhaps distant) future and this course serves to convert the BA in Architecture that I gained back in 1987.
It won’t be my first return to studentship. In 2003 I took a part-time MBA at Kingston University. Obviously that was pretty hard work – about 20 hours a week of study on top of a full-time job – but I enjoyed it immensely and I’m excited to be back in education.
There’s also the opportunity to look at HE from the perspective of a student, having spent the last four years working in the sector. I hope to be able to glean something from the experience that might help LUPC deliver a better service in some way.
We shall see. I enrol in October.