I chose to undertake this Programme as I am passionate about the rural environment – its creation and development and how people’s understandings, choices and perceptions have shaped the world in which we live.
As it was the first year of the course’s introduction, I was studying alongside just one other student. We enjoyed regular contact teaching time which allowed for interactive discussion sessions and field trips. It proved an invaluable element of the course, as it offered one-to-one engagement with a range of academic staff and a variety of research methodologies.
One of the main attractions was the interdisciplinary approach of the subject and how this would allow me to cross subject boundaries and explore theories and principles from different subjects.
The perfect blend of campus facilities and environments, which offers students a study/leisure balance, encouraged my decision to return to study at Stirling. I felt fully supported and encouraged by my tutors – not just throughout my study, but also once I had completed the course and was looking for the next step.
Now employed as a Developer for the Royal Highland Education Trust, I work with volunteer Committees to organise farm visits, classroom speakers, educational events and projects – all aimed at increasing the knowledge of food, farming and the countryside amongst Scottish schoolchildren.
The research skills and writing techniques I learned have allowed me to approach projects in my current role with confidence, discipline and flair. I have the knowledge and experience to approach tasks methodically, with attention to detail, and to communicate with various audiences.
I am keen to venture into the heritage/interpretation side of the environmental sector and have recently registered to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate of the MSc Interpretation: Management and Practice course with the University of the Highlands and Islands through distance learning.