Kate McInerney

PGCE Primary and Early Years Education

Kate's outstanding commitment to her course, fellow students and local causes led to her being named as Postgraduate Student of the Year for 2013/14 in the University's Extra Mile Awards.

She has been praised for the wide range of involvement she has had with University activities and the support she has given to her fellow students, all while achieving excellent results on her course. Despite the demands of her course, Kate volunteered to represent the University at the televised Educate and Celebrate Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History month event at the new Library of Birmingham.

Kate has also worked with local children on a new body of work on promoting equality through children's literature. In addition to this, Katie has provided a presentation for the National Association for the Teaching of English, an international conference for some of the world's leading academics.

She has also worked on the University's own Education Research Conference, acting as a leading member of the group by responding to developments quickly, while also setting up a website as a support network for her fellow students.

In her spare time, Kate also acts as one of the primary student representatives for her course, attending board of studies meetings and sharing her peers' successes and concerns. Kate has been praised by her lecturers as someone who is: "positive, professional and an asset to the University. Kate really sums up what it means to be a student who goes the extra mile."

Her work towards raising awareness of issues of equality has also gained press coverage on Midlands News and a number of leading equality websites. Kate now plans to develop her research project over the summer and maintain a strong link with the University during and beyond her NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) year.