Matthew Horsfield is an Education Support Coordinator at Imperial College London, based in London.
I graduated from Queen Mary, University of London in 2015 with a BSc in Geography. After graduating I was given an internship at QMUL as a Student Enquiry Centre Assistant, where I gained insight into supporting students. Hence, my next role was in education management at the University of Westminster! This role sparked my interest in providing quality assurance in education, which led me to my current role as Education Support Officer at Imperial College London.
I currently work in the Faculty of Natural Science at Imperial College London. In my role, I work with departments to support quality assurance, education governance and student systems at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
My week consists of liaising with key staff to ensure students are taking the correct modules and curriculum. I work closely with the Vice-Dean (Education) and the Faculty Education Manager to support the delivery of the education strategy and ensure that students get the best experience whilst studying at Imperial. In addition, I support education and student facing committees to collect student feedback and manage quality assurance decisions. There are numerous activities which enable the best standards in the sector. I take pride in helping coordinate this for the faculty.
Whilst all my previous roles have helped me get to where I am now, my first experience working at Queen Mary as an intern was particularly useful as it helped me adapt from studying to working and understand what a career in education looks like.
Studying geography gave me vital soft skills which have helped me get to where I am. For example, working with colleagues, managing tight deadlines as well as conducting independent research.
I really enjoy interacting with students and having opportunities to help them achieve their goals. I help students who need additional support, as well as students who want to engage beyond their course and utilise opportunities offered to them at Imperial.
There are lots of opportunities to progress into different roles within higher education. In five years’ time I hope to lead an area of the education services division!
My main piece of advice for someone looking for a career in education is to try different roles as there are lots of opportunities to learn new skills and explore different areas within the sector. Education is a dynamic and exciting sector, which means you can always find fun new activities and projects to work on. Enjoy the experience, working full-time can be dauting after studying so try to enjoy the process by looking for opportunities you’d not considered before.
I chose to study geography to understand the science behind our natural landscapes and how this interacts with our expanding cities. Our world is ever changing, and this makes geography a great degree to study, and creates opportunities to explore the UK and the world.
* This interview was undertaken in 2022 and was correct at the time of publication. Please note that the featured individual may no longer be in role, but the profile has been kept for career pathway and informational purposes.
Job title: Education Support Coordinator
Organisation: Imperial College London
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