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Yves Marmiesse originates from France and has also spent over ten years working in Spain. Now in Paris, he works at the ESCE International Business School, where he holds the position of Deputy CEO. Alongside his work, he is studying online with the University of Liverpool for a Doctor of Education – Higher Education (EdD).

What attracted you to studying online with the University of Liverpool?

I found the online option very interesting as it allowed me to mix professional life with being a student again. While I could have studied in France, the University of Liverpool’s global perspective presented both the challenge of studying in another language and the opportunity to access a style of learning that I wouldn’t have experienced had I decided to study somewhere in France. So far, I’m very happy with the decision I made.

Where are you in your studies and what have been the highlights and challenges so far?

I’ve just completed the fifth of nine modules. Initially the biggest challenges were establishing a routine of study, the APA referencing system and reading and writing in English! In terms of highlights, I’ve enjoyed the diversity of the cohort and the discussions. Learning about values in educational research was also very useful and interesting.

How are you expanding your international networking by studying online?

In my current cohort there is a very strong sense of community among all of us, and you really rely on that team spirit to support you. Even though we are spread across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the US, and all have very different backgrounds, we have found that many of the challenges we face are similar, although the context is completely different. So all of this creates very interesting discussions, and a great network.

What are your top tips for those thinking about studying the EdD online?

Find someone in the cohort you connect with who can be supportive, as there are some ups and downs. During the downs it’s great to be able to talk to someone who understands what you are going through. I would also advise people to make sure they remember to spend time with their family and friends - and throw away their TV!

How useful and relevant have you found the EdD in relation to your current role?

As someone who was not in the habit of reflecting on my role, I have found the emphasis on self-refection particularly interesting. Through the Doctoral Development Plan we are encouraged to reflect on our experience as students, and also take the knowledge provided and see how we can apply it into our daily lives.

So far, the programme has enabled me to see the challenges I face in my current role and given me the tools and techniques to promote positive change. So overall, the programme has helped me understand my role and responsibilities as a leader.

What are your hopes and expectations upon graduating?

To use the skills I have learnt to continue to grow in my career.

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