Jamie Alexander Dalzell-Ferguson

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology and Sociology (first class)

What attracted you to Stirling?

I first came to visit Stirling University during my last year of school when I attended one of the open days. The thing that really caught my eye was the beauty of the campus itself and how much fresh air and space there was to enjoy. Students at Stirling really get the best of both worlds and can enjoy the countryside and outdoors, with only a short 10 minute bus ride into the town centre. The campus felt very safe and secure to me and I liked the idea of being in a campus ‘bubble’ for a few years. A few family friends had attended Stirling and had recommended it to me and my Dad is Scottish, so I’ve been visiting Scotland since I was young. I was born and raised in Ireland, however I also attended the Jerudong International School in South East Asia when I was younger. In one way, Stirling reminds me of international school because there are 120 nationalities on campus and students from all over the world, so it’s very diverse.

Why this degree programme over any other?

Like most people leaving school at 18, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life or what career I would like to go in to after university, so I wanted to choose a course that would allow me to explore a broad range of topics and disciplines.

What did you enjoy most about your programme?

My four years studying criminology and sociology was extremely interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed the course content, which was very diverse in nature and included modules looking at crime and the criminal justice system, drug and alcohol policy, crimes of the powerful and even housing policy. In our third year research process module, we also had the opportunity to work with statistics and data handling.

The teaching at Stirling was excellent and all the programme staff were incredibly friendly, helpful and encouraging. Students are given invaluable advice and support when it comes to writing essays and preparing for exams, and the lecturers really make the effort to ensure that the school-to-university transition is as smooth as possible. I loved how close knit everything felt and how the lecturers actually know their students by name- something I didn’t expect at university.

The facilities here are also great and the sporting opportunities are fantastic. I grew up riding horses and was lucky enough that I could continue riding once I came to university and I joined the polo team.

I am very pleased to be graduating with a First Class Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Criminology and Sociology. I was also lucky enough to receive four academic awards from the university.

Do you feel your degree has made you more employable?

In July I start as a trainee wealth adviser with the deVere Group- the world’s leading independent financial consultancy- and will be moving to Malta, where I will spend 6 weeks, before spending 18 months in 3 international city offices around the world. I have been extremely lucky to secure such an exciting job where I get to travel all over the world and experience different cultures and people.

What would you say to anyone considering coming to study at the University?

In the past four years, Stirling has allowed me to develop both academically and personally and I have been given the opportunity to improve upon my public speaking- something I would very much shy away from at school. Stirling very much feels like a community and everyone knows everyone, so there’s always someone to look out for you. 

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