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Stuart BurrellStuart Burrell 

Masters in Public Enterprise and Management (MPEM) - 2008

Stuart is currently working at Southend Borough Council as the Domestic Energy Efficiency and Empty Homes Officer.

I chose the University of Essex because it provided the course I wanted to study. I guess it was as simple as that. I graduated with a first class honours degree and went in to employment where I gained a number of professional qualifications.  However I became aware that there was an opportunity to return to study for a postgraduate degree which was more focused on the workings of the Public and Not for Profit Sectors. That course was the Masters in Public Enterprise Management (MPEM) and I felt that it fitted well with my CV and career choices.

As a mature student there is always the concern expressed by friends and family that you are giving up job security (and income) to go back to school. I do not see it like that, I see this as an extension of my own personal development and a way of achieving a more rewarding job in the future which I would not have been able to obtain without such a qualification.

Whilst I am fortunate that I grew up and live locally it was not the primary reason for studying at the Southend Campus; it has a great learning environment with skilled lecturing and support staff, that have responded to the wide range of questions and enquiries made of them in a very prompt and concise manner. All of which has helped me make the transition from employee to student and return to employment as the Domestic Energy Efficiency and Empty Homes Officer for Southend Borough Council.