Moira Aikenhead

 
Legal responses to technology-facilitated gender-based violence
Isabel Grant
Vancouver
Canada
 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Technology-facilitated gender-based violence is a significant and growing problem that requires a broad range of legal and societal responses. I wanted to conduct feminist-informed research that could assist in shaping government policy decisions and judicial analysis.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

The Peter A. Allard School of Law is one of Canada's leading law schools, with a tradition of producing excellent feminist research and scholars. I have lived in British Columbia for most of my life, and it was important to me to pursue my research close to my wonderful support network of friends and family.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The research-based graduate program at Allard offers students a great deal of flexibility and freedom in pursuing their research interests and coursework, while simultaneously providing substantial support and guidance through engaged faculty, staff members, and fellow students.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

There were no real surprises for me as I've lived here most of my life and did my master's degree at UBC as well--when I first came to UBC I was amazed at the natural beauty of the campus, and the vast array of restaurants, shops, and services located onsite. Further, I have been consistently impressed by the quality of teaching and calibre of research produced by Allard faculty.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Ensure good communication with your supervisor--having a positive supervisor/student relationship can make all the difference between an engaging and illuminating research experience and a stressful or negative one. Also make sure you have a good support network around you--if you are moving to Vancouver from elsewhere try to connect with other graduate students and engage in the activities put on by the Graduate Student Society or your program's graduate society.