A cup of tea with…Jackie McNeil

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For the next of our series, we go for a cup of tea with one of the School of Education team from the University of Gloucestershire. Today we have a cuppa and natter with Jackie McNeil.

Hi, how are you? How do you like your tea?

Hi, always time for a cup of tea although I always drink coffee at work because we only have coffee mate and no milk! I always prefer tea though. It has to be a decent colour with milk, not quite builders, and sugar.

What is your role within the School of Education?

I am a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and BEd year 1 leader. I teach Primary Maths to undergraduate and postgraduates as well as leading Professional Studies for first years.

What does your typical day involve?

Hmm, no such thing as a typical day. Sometimes that might involve me teaching all day (you can usually find me in TC002 surrounded by plastic cubes, counters and number lines). In between times, I will be answering emails and responding to students, planning, in meetings, oh, and marking….quite often marking! My work also involves school visits too and I love to get back out into Primary classrooms.

How long have you been working at the University of Gloucestershire and what attracted you to the role?

This is my tenth year and before that I had been a Primary school teacher forever. I loved working with children but experiences with teacher trainees first hand and my love of maths made me apply for the role here.

Jackie McNeil University of Gloucestershire

Would you like a biscuit? Custard cream?

I really shouldn’t….do you have any chocolate digestives?

Sorry Jackie, I think the rest of the Maths team have been in and eaten me out of those.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?

I enjoy reading and have always got a book on the go – always fiction but I am quite choosy about what sort (I don’t do sci-fi, period or fantasy for example!). I have been running regularly for a few years now although at the moment I am taking a rest from it because of an Achilles problem. I love shopping (a girl can’t have too many pairs of shoes is one of my mottos) and travelling (and dreaming about travelling more when I retire). I also enjoy socialising. Oh, and gin. I love gin! All different types.

What is the best thing about working in the School of Education?

My colleagues are wonderful – we are very supportive of each other and we have a good laugh! I love working with our amazing students and making a difference to them and it is so rewarding to watch them mature and flourish. Catching up with ex-students who are now well into their own teaching career is brilliant too and I love that part of my job.

Is that the time? Let’s go for dinner. Where do you recommend we go?

That depends, if you can get over to Stroud, where I live, you can’t beat Sorrento’s Italian – lovely food and great atmosphere!

No problem at all – I’ll jump on the number 66 bus and meet you at Sorrento’s at 8pm.

Jackie McNeil is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and part of the Primary Maths team.

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