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Helen Young

Phd in History

Education is a great privilege and I have relished many opportunities to study over the years. Having gained an honours degree in history from the University of York, I moved on to more vocational studies with a course in printing and publishing. Then, to compliment my job with the charity World Vision, I took a Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management.

Now, with over a decade of work experience under my belt and two children to keep me on my toes, I have returned to my first love – history – and am studying part-time at Stirling.

Currently half-way through the course, I am pleased with how my first year has gone and am thankful for the support I have received – particularly from my research supervisor. Being a part-time student with family commitments and living over an hour from the University isn’t always easy. However, the flexibility of Stirling’s MRes course – and its emphasis on independent research and thinking – has afforded me a great opportunity to further my skills.

Where this next step on my educational path will eventually take me, I’m not yet clear. However, whether I choose to do further study or seek to use my transferable skills elsewhere, I’m convinced that my time at Stirling will prove extremely worthwhile.

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