Lita Middlemore Bourne
MPP Public Policy - New Zealand
Lita is the first in her family to attend university. She completed an undergraduate degree in Hawaii, before being awarded a scholarship to complete her master’s degree at Stirling.
She said: “I am of Samoan descent, born and raised in South Auckland, New Zealand. I earned the PGT International Excellence scholarship and was impressed with Stirling’s unique diversity, the challenging academic environment, and the student support that was on offer.
“I come from a low-socioeconomic area where policies have been less effective, and I chose this particular course to learn how to be in a future position to make a difference in my community, amongst vulnerable populations and minorities.”
Lita made the most of her year in Stirling, playing an active part as a committee member for the Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference 2020, which became a successful virtual event this year. She was also one of five selected students to represent the University as a Basketball Development Officer in Zambia, shadowing Stirling’s second team coach and completing a number of courses including first aid. Due to travel out in May, the trip was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.
Lita said: “Although the pandemic cut short my experience in Scotland, I am grateful for the amazing experience I have had in attending an incredible university, creating new and lasting friendships, and growing both personally and academically.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine myself being on the other side of the world studying a master’s programme during a pandemic. This achievement belongs to my family, especially my parents whose constant love and support has guided me over the finish line.”
Lita is now back home in New Zealand and has ambitions to work in the country’s public sector, specifically in areas that help Maori and Pacific Islanders.