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Current and recent PhDs

Statements from recent PhD students

WoydakJDr Johanna Woydack

I did my BA at King’s LDC and returned there for my PhD as I felt this was the best place to pursue a PhD in Sociolinguistics. As part of the PhD, I valued not only the excellent and supportive feedback I received as a PhD student on my research, ideas and writing, but also the weekly research seminars. They are a great forum for exchanging ideas among researchers, as well as learning from the other members of the department, staff and fellow PhD students. I particularly enjoyed the many events including seminars, colloquiums and workshops at the LDC, which provide PhD students with an opportunity to interact with other well-known linguists from abroad or from other institutions in the UK. With the opening of the doctoral training centre, the courses one can attend are even more varied and tailored, and are often taught by leading experts on different topics in linguistics and other relevant fields. On completing my PhD, I relocated to Hong Kong as I was offered a postdoc there. Later I took up the position of Assistant Professor offered by the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

TaeheeDr Tae Hee Choi

My name is Taehee Choi, and I am from South Korea. I obtained a PhD from the Department of Education and Professional Studies in 2013, and am now working as an assistant professor at Hong Kong Institute of Education. I pursued a PhD because I wanted to have a change in my career and become an academic.

Studying at King’s is exceptionally enlightening, enriching and beneficial for a new career development. King’s has a great tradition of hosting regular seminars of individual research groups through which I had the opportunity to interact with prominent scholars in my field other than my supervisors, be familiarised with current research being conducted around the world, and explore the overall landscape of the field. Regular and detailed feedback on my ideas and writing from supervisors helped me build my research and writing skills, which I find indispensable for my life as a researcher. Research students have their own community and space to share their journey to obtain a degree: these helped me build networks with some of my current research collaborators. And as a student representative, I could sharpen my skills of leadership and communication, which have proved very useful for my new work environment. In addition to the academic side of life, student committees and societies are well developed at King’s, and I found a community for mature students very useful as I am a mother. Finally, King’s has a fantastic Career Services team that will help you develop your resume, interview skills, and locate the perfect job for you. You won’t regret choosing King’s as a place to make your first step to your dream career.

WillansFDr Fiona Willans

I took a break from teaching English in Vanuatu to do an MA in ELT & Applied Linguistics at King’s, which then led into a full-time PhD. I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Vanuatu, trying to understand the potential for multilingual education in that context. Throughout the four years of study, the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication’s weekly research workshops were invaluable, and I benefited from links that my research group and department have with the University of the Western Cape, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Hyderabad, spending time at each of these partner institutions. I also taught on a variety of BA and MA modules within our department. On completing my PhD, I moved to Fiji to take up a lectureship in Linguistics at the University of the South Pacific.

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