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Donovan McGrath

Donovan McGrath, MA Film and Visual Cultures

Alumni Profile: Donovan McGrathMedia & Communications Lecturer, A4e Justice Ltd

MA Film & Visual Cultures

What made you choose Middlesex University?

The renowned film scholar Roy Armes is associated with Middlesex University and this had a big influence on me when choosing an institution to study a postgraduate degree in film.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

I was attracted to the course because it was not just a straightforward film course, but also included art criticism in reference to visual cultures. Furthermore, my interviewer Suzannah Biernoff convinced me it would be the right course to meet my interests.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I thoroughly enjoyed the regular visits to London art galleries and exhibitions.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

My fondest memories of my time at Middlesex involve socialising with other students who came from other parts of the world. I also enjoyed many of the lectures from expert scholars, not to mention visiting speakers on the Film Presentations programme, which took place during evenings.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

Be sure to take full advantage of the many opportunities and services on offer at the university, such as social events, student support, and so on.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you get to where you are professionally today?

It has played a big part because the course and subsequent qualification I achieved are related to media and I am now the Media and Communications Lecturer at a college. It is a role I am still very proud of today.

What made you choose the industry you work in and what are its pros and cons?

Sharing knowledge is important to me; and so my focus has always been on teaching. I find teaching personally rewarding. However, I believe there is a lack of support from government, especially in the further education sector.

How did you get your first foot on the career ladder?

I was given the opportunity to support a former teacher who saw my aptitude for the profession.

What has been your defining career break or highlight to date?

My defining career break came when I was appointment Media and Communications Lecturer. This has resulted in me working on an award-winning community radio station.

What are the top three tips you would give to current students and recent graduates who are looking for a similar career to yourself?

1) Stay focused; 2) Be flexible; and 3) Be passionate.

What one piece of advice would you give to the 17/18 year old you?

Have high ambitions - aim high.

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