After studying English at Newnham and training as a primary school teacher, I moved into international development - working first as a VSO volunteer in Nepal on a girls' literacy project and later with ActionAid UK and as VSO Deputy Director in Nepal. I conducted my PhD fieldwork in Nepal, developing an ethnographic study on the links between women's literacy and development and this led into policy-focused research with several NGOs, DFID and UNESCO. Since 2000, I have been based at the University of East Anglia where I am now Professor of Education and hold a UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation. This has given me the opportunity to work with university partners in Ethiopia, Nepal and Egypt on collaborative research and training projects. I would welcome contact with Newnham students who are interested in a career in education and development and happy to discuss ideas for taking this kind of journey!