Doctoral student Kristie Mortimer wants to become a university lecturer so she can continue her research into dance.
"I continued to postgraduate level because I saw great opportunities to delve deeper into the world of dance and start to specialise. You can truly develop your understanding of what you’ve already learned and begin to tailor your speciality towards a specific focus.
"I managed to go to the University of Roehampton in London through 360 Auckland Abroad. Spending three months there enabled me to build international networks and learn directly from lecturers who had featured in our readings here. I gained plenty of experience to bring back to New Zealand and build upon.
"The lecturers and supervisors here are really great, always willing to answer questions and help develop your ideas so your research can be the best it can be. There are lots of other postgraduate students so we have a good support network within the department.
"I am completing my PhD so I can become a university lecturer and continue my research. I like providing the opportunity to perform, giving others the platform to express themselves in that way, as it is a positive experience and way of moving the body. I would also like to have my own business in the area of community dance, taking dance to people who don’t usually have access to it. There are so many different opportunities you can take from dance.”