Tejendra Pherali answers Ten Questions
Dr Tejendra Pherali completed his MEd (Research Methodology) in the Faculty in 2004. Originally from Nepal he is now an Education academic at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.
1. When were you in ESW?
Jan 2004 – Jan 2005
2. What degree did you do?
Master of Education (Research Methodology)
3. Was there something in particular that attracted you to this course of study?
I wanted to gain theoretical knowledge and methodological skills in the field of educational research in order to pursue a doctorate. This course served the very purpose.
4. In what way did you user your ESW degree?
Upon completion of my degree, I returned to my native country Nepal and worked as a research consultant and university lecturer mainly engaging in peace and conflict research and teaching research methods courses. I was able to lead a national level study in 2006 examining the role of youth in peacebuilding in Nepal, that informed a range of peacebuilding initiatives led by Search for Common Ground, an INGO supporting conflict transformation and peacebuilding in my country.
5. What's your current role?
Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and Sociology in Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom.
6. How did your studies in the Faculty inform your current position?
I specialized in educational research at the University of Sydney and currently teach education studies including modules such as research methods both at undergraduate and masters levels. Clearly, my present work has direct relevance to what I studied in Sydney.
7. Do you have fond memories of your time on campus at ESW?
I absolutely relished my time during my stay in Sydney. The university campus is one of the most beautiful sites in Sydney and we have loads of photos with a newly born son Abhay who is now 8 years old. I was able to meet fellow students from around the world and benefit from their experiences and cultural backgrounds.
Most importantly, I received excellent support from my tutors in my assignments and preparation of my dissertation. I was very pleased with my excellent grades in most of my study Units.
8. Were you involved in extra-curricular activities either within or outside the Faculty?
This was a bit of challenge due to relatively short duration of my study in Sydney. It was my first time away from home and I was overwhelmed by the massive cultural differences, not only the life in Sydney but also the way teaching and learning took place in the university. The situation of not knowing what is unknown in a massive university culture was a bit overwhelming and panicky during the first semester. I struggled to be able to network with local Australian students and take part in other activities in the university. I was involved in the SUPRA but not to an extent that I would have liked to.
9. How significant is it to you to be part of the Faculty's alumni & friends group?
It would certainly be nice to connect to alumni and develop a network. This has been never easier especially due to the rise of social media and global connectedness.
10. And finally, any words of wisdom you'd like to pass on to the ESW alumni & friends?
It is wonderful to be part of Sydney University alumni and friends. I am and will always be most grateful to tutors at ESW faculty for their inspiration and support during my study. I would like to wish all the best to all the alumni community and hope that you have a wonderful life wherever you are.