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Fezeka Klaas

Sunderland, UK

MSc Inequality and Society

Fezeka Klaas is originally from Hampshire and relocated to Sunderland after hearing good things about the University from her sister. She is studying on the MSc Inequality and Society course, following on from her undergraduate degree in Community and Youth Work and Criminology, alongside working for Northumberland County Council as a social work assistant.

Sunderland was recommended to me by my sister who was already studying here. When I came to visit her, I thought how much I would also love to be a graduate, and her passion and excitement about Sunderland fuelled me and my family to relocate here. I began studying a combined honours degree in Community and Youth Work and Criminology, and am now studying for the MSc Inequality and Society degree.

The best part of the course is learning about the concept of intersectionality, sexuality, gender and racial equality. I have gained in-depth knowledge about my own identity, belonging, and how people perceive other groups and social constructions. I have started to look into how I fit into society and my role as a BAME woman. The knowledge I have acquired will equip me to represent marginalised groups who are oppressed.

The University of Sunderland is a great place to study and the support you get is really valuable. Lecturers are easy to talk to, understanding and the support they offer is outstanding. I have a personal tutor who supports me with my emotional needs and helps me cope when I feel stressed. I've also received support from the Disability Support team, who helped me get a laptop with software that facilitates my study needs.

As well as studying for the MSc, I am currently working as a social work assistant in the child protection unit of Northumberland County Council, supervising family time with children and their parents. I want to represent BAME women and give them a voice.

My experience of studying at the University of Sunderland has been truly life-changing – I have seen myself develop and gain confidence and self-esteem. I couldn’t have done this without my classmates and lecturers who have made me feel so welcome. I feel like I am part of a team and that I belong.”

Published 25 January 2021

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