A cup of tea with…Tracey Wire

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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 Tracey Wire.


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

Hello. I’m good, thanks. Do you have coffee? Black, no sugar would be lovely.

What is your role within the School of Education?

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education. I work with Primary BEd and PGCE Students on English, History and PSHE modules, and I supervise some postgraduate research work.

What does your typical day involve?

There’s really no such thing. Some days are spent preparing for or leading lectures and seminars. Supporting students in school and with their academic work also takes up part of my time. Sometimes I’ll spend more of my day on writing and research. At the moment I’m also working on arranging a Primary History Conference for next summer.

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

Four years now. I really liked the idea of being able to support students in their training to become teachers, while still being able to spend some time in the primary classroom (we take our Primary History students into school and teach with them) and work on my own research.

Tracey Wire University of Gloucestershire

Would you like a biscuit? Custard cream?

Oh, go on then. I am quite partial to a custard cream.

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

I like to go for a gentle country walk when the weather’s good. I always say I like the idea of a brisk winter ramble, but when it comes to it I’d rather stay in the warm. I enjoy swimming, reading, going to the cinema, and I’m always excited by the prospect of a holiday.

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

The people, really. It’s great to work with colleagues who are committed and enthusiastic, and to be able to help students achieve their often long-held ambitions to become teachers. Knowing that the work we do here has a real impact in schools is a real motivator.

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

Well, I do like a nice Chinese, so how about Bar and Wok on the High Street?

I like the sound of that. They do a very reasonable lunchtime deal, so we’ll meet you there at 12.30.


Tracey Wire is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education.