What are your greatest memories of being together at King’s?
Keith: We had quite separate lives whilst on campus at King’s, doing very different degrees but usually met up in 'Theologs Corner' (the name we gave to an area of the Union Building) for lunch. In the evenings and on weekends we had those parts of London we could afford to explore.
What have you gone on to do since graduating?
Keith: I stayed on at King’s doing a PhD and then as a Research Assistant. When I finally left King’s, I went to teach at the Royal Naval College down the river at Greenwich. Then I joined the nuclear industry as a general-purpose scientist. I specialised in the modelling of the migration of radioactive materials in the environment and the public dose implications of discharges. Later I became the Head of Emergency Planning and Preparedness for 10 sites across the UK. For the last eight years I have been self employed and work as a consultant within the nuclear industry and for local authorities and businesses that are close to nuclear sites and must respond to the risks posed in a proportionate manner.
Ann: I really didn’t know what I wanted to do after my degree, but I was adamant that I didn’t want to teach. However, a meeting with a Careers’ Advisor at King’s led me on to exploring what was then Remedial, now Special Educational Needs, teaching. I moved back up north to take my PGSE in Ormskirk from 1982 to 1983, married Keith in August 1983 and moved back down to London to live and work. I worked at Riverside School, Thamesmead, Bexley until we moved to Gloucestershire in 1990 where I worked in various schools for the Local Authority with children who had Statements of Special Educational Needs. I then spent seven and a half years teaching in a school for students with Emotional and Behavioural difficulties before moving on in 2006 to work with students with additional learning needs at Cirencester Sixth Form College and have been there ever since, but I am due to retire on 31st August this year.
Theology really hasn’t got a lot to do with SEND teaching but when I started working part time after my eldest was born, I had the opportunity to train as a Methodist Local Preacher and was accredited in 1993. I now regularly lead worship in the Gloucestershire Circuit and am a tutor and co-ordinator for the training of Local Preachers in our Circuit.
We have three children. Our eldest studied mental health nursing at King’s from 2007 to 2011. It was great having a base to stay in London and to introduce her to some of the sights we’d experienced as students. We even managed to get tickets to the Advent Carol Service, so I was able to enjoy the wonderful event which I had first enjoyed 28 years previously.