Hi, I’m Rachael O’Neill and I am the Head of Department for History and UAE Social Studies. I’m Irish, from the North of Ireland. I graduated from Queen’s University in Belfast in 2013 with a First Class Honours Degree in Modern History and have been teaching History since 2014. I have taught in Exeter, Plymouth, Birmingham, Walsall and now Dubai! I moved to Dubai in August 2019 and I am loving my experience so far
When I’m not working, I enjoy going to the gym and in June 2018 I participated in my first (and last!) bodybuilding competition. I also enjoy exploring what Dubai and other countries have to offer and re-watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
I have been teaching at Safa since August 2019 after teaching in the Midlands since 2014 as a Second in History. I really do love History and my speciality is the 20th century. I particularly enjoy learning and teaching about the Soviet Union, the complexities of inter-war Europe and anything related to the Emerald Isle! I hope to inspire an interest and love for History among the students I teach. As one significant historical figure once said: ‘People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.’