Peoples-uni works as a result of the efforts of our students and our volunteers. We're keen to introduce our readers to our volunteers and our students and with that in mind, we'll be running occasional interviews. Here's the first with Puja Myles who is a volunteer and member of the Leadership Group.Puja is a Public Health Academic based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, at the University of Nottingham, UK.Hi, Puja. What is your role in volunteering with Peoples-uni?I have been a volunteer tutor for Peoples-uni since 2009. I facilitate the live group discussions for two of the modules, ‘Public Health Concepts for Policy Makers’ and ‘Evaluation of Interventions’. I have also contributed to assessment, supervised dissertations and earlier this year I joined the Leadership Group.Why did you choose to volunteer with Peoples-uni?I share Peoples-uni's vision of providing free and low-cost public health education to learners in low and middle income settings.What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Peoples-uni?I feel I am making a difference and contributing to capacity building in public health. I have become part of a network of like-minded and extremely talented people, who I would not have known otherwise. Finally, I love hearing of our students’ experiences of public health in the field from across the globe.How have you benefited from volunteering with Peoples-uni?Though I have been in education for a long time, online education was new to me; Peoples-uni opened up a whole new world of e-learning to me. I have gained new insights into public health through the online discussions with our learners and I have been exposed to new pedagogical ideas. While my involvement with Peoples-uni has not directly helped me in my day job, it has enthused me and that of course, is good for me and my work.How can we improve what Peoples-uni offers?I feel we need to expand our portfolio of offerings and extend our reach to the most remote parts of the globe. To some extent we are limited by technology and internet access but there may be ways to extend our reach via a Peoples-uni mobile application that could be accessed via a phone connection. Recent endeavours by Facebook’s accessibility initiative Internet.org to provide free internet access to Facebook, Wikipedia , Google and other local resources using phones via a partnership with Airtel in Zambia (http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/31/internet-org-app/) suggest that the Peoples-uni vision of wider reach is possible in the very near future.And finally, what are your hopes and aspirations?I would like to contribute to the development of more e-learning modules for Peoples-uni. In a broader context, I feel we need to advocate for public health and healthy public policy.Thanks, Puja. It's been really interesting to talk to you.

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