Kate studied anthropology and archaeology as an undergraduate at Cambridge University and now is Head of Citizenship at a secondary school in Cambridge.

In the first year of my undergraduate degree at Cambridge, I studied social anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology. For my second and third years I decided to specialise in biological anthropology. During my degree, I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Gambia to do research for my dissertation, in order to look at the effect of gut damage on children’s growth. I went with a friend from the course and we stayed at the UK Medical Research council’s field station whilst doing our research. My dissertation was one of the best experiences of my degree and inspired me to go and volunteer after graduation as an AIDS research assistant at Wits University in Johannesburg. After returning to the UK I decided to do a Masters in Development Studies at UEA. Many of my fellow students wanted to work overseas, or return to their home country and work directly in development. I felt that there was much to be done here in the UK in terms of changing attitudes and raising awareness of global issues, so I decided to go into teaching. I applied for the PGCE in Citizenship course at the Institute of Education in London, and have been teaching Citizenship for several years now, getting students to learn about themselves and the world around them, for which I find my anthropology background to be very helpful. I’ve recently gone part-time at the school and use my experience as a teacher and Head of Citizenship to write teaching resources for NGOs and international organisations.