Amy Shirley

A highlight of my career so far has been being nominated for Lecturer of the year for three years running.

Amy Shirley
Extended Diploma in Animal Management and BSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity

"Hadlow college really stood out to me because of the amazing facilities and the friendly and approachable staff.  I attended a taster day when considering enrolling onto the Diploma and I was made to feel welcome, supported and left feeling inspired and enthused.  I knew from that day that I wanted to study at Hadlow.

"During my degree, my most enjoyable part was attending the lectures as they were planned extremely well and included interesting and thought provoking tasks and activities which contributed to my learning and development.  While on the course I gained experience at the Natural History Museum where I developed my species identification skills and public speaking.  I also began working on the animal unit at Hadlow assisting students completing their animal duties on a weekend; during this time, I started to develop my teaching skills.  In addition, I started working as a seasonal field assistant, helping to collect data to form part of wildlife assessments required for local building planning applications, also developing my professional report writing skills, as well as my survey skills.  The most notable memory from study at Hadlow was just how supportive and experienced the staff were.  They always went above and beyond to support, develop and guide me to achieving to the best of my ability.  I’ll never forget that and to this day I am still so grateful for the time and effort they put into seeing me succeed.

"My passion is Wildlife Conservation, at the heart of any successful and effective conservation programme is education, I discovered this during my studies.  Therefore, once I graduated, I progressed on to become a lecturer at Hadlow college.  I now deliver on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management as well as the Bsc and Fdsc Countryside Management course.  Since starting, I have completed my PGCE (teaching qualification) and have achieved two “expert judgements” in my college official observations.  I’m also a Teaching and Learning coach, as well as a mentor for new teachers undergoing teacher training.  A highlight of my career so far has been being nominated for Lecturer of the year for three years running and also nominated by my line manager, for Kent Teacher of the year.  Teaching can be challenging at times, however it is the most rewarding and fulfilling career."