Nina Schmidt – Research at Sheffield

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Postgraduate study at Sheffield has led to the start of an academic career for German student, Nina Schmidt, who completed her PhD study in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sheffield this summer. She is continuing her research having secured a postdoctoral post at the Freie Universität Berlin'

Nina first came to Sheffield in 2007 as an Erasmus student studying for a semester on her BA in English and German Philology degree programme. Her love of the city and her experience of studying at the University inspired her to return in 2012 for her PhD – an interdisciplinary study of contemporary autobiographical illness writings. Nina’s research was funded by a University of Sheffield Faculty Scholarship.

“I loved the size of the city – not too big and not too small. With two universities it’s a young and vibrant place with a variety of things to see and do. I found it a friendly and welcoming place to live with different parts to the city, each with its own identity.”

Nina took advantage of the opportunities available to help her develop her career whilst conducting her research. She gained valuable experience teaching German language modules and conversation classes and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the award-winning module ‘Interdisciplinary Research in Practice’. She also took part in some of the extensive range of public engagement activities in the Faculty including The Image Speaks– an innovative project designed to communicate research through powerful photographic images.

Nina commented, “Sheffield has been a great place for me to start to build my academic profile. My experiences there certainly took me out of my comfort zone but there was always the scaffolding there to support me and help me succeed. The combination of excellent academic supervision across both the English and German departments and the close knit, supportive community of postgraduates from across the School of Languages and Cultures has given me a great start to my career in academia.”

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