Award-winning Debbie Maltman has been inspired to work in the third sector after embarking upon a placement at Volunteer Scotland during her Masters at Stirling. The 38-year-old, originally from Ayr, first came to Stirling in 1998 to study a BA Economics and, after graduating, spent 14 years working for HSBC.
“I was made redundant in 2017 and it was then that I decided that I wanted to undertake a Masters in data science,” Debbie said. “Stirling was my first choice, due to the positive experience I had during my undergraduate degree; its most amazing campus and facilities; and the course focused on the academic aspect of learning and employability skills too.”
Debbie, who was funded by The Data Lab, valued the structure of the modules on the MSc Data Science for Business, which allowed her to learn the theory and then apply that learning in weekly computer labs and workshops.
“During the course, I undertook a placement with Volunteer Scotland looking at ways in which Data Science and statistics could improve digital engagement on the organisation’s website,” Debbie explained. “The placement gave me the confidence to apply what I had learned through the year and help a Scottish organisation at the same time.”
Debbie’s work at Volunteer Scotland saw her awarded The Data Lab MSc 2017-18 Project Award – an accolade that she describes as an “honour”. She has now accepted a job as a research officer at Volunteer Scotland.
Summing up her time at Stirling, Debbie added: “I can genuinely say that I’ve made friends for life at Stirling. It has been inspiring, rewarding and crazy – in a good way!”