After completing a BSc Psychology at Stirling, Kirsty Moran wanted to focus on improving animal welfare by improving people’s behaviours and attitudes – and signed up for the MSc Human Animal Interaction.
As part of her Masters dissertation, Kirsty worked with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Scottish Government, Glasgow Veterinary School and the University of Edinburgh to investigate mobile animal experiences, where animals travel to different locations for education or entertainment purposes.
“The project gave me the opportunity to, not only make a difference with my research, but test my abilities to lead a research project, meet deadlines, lead a team and produce work worth of representing highly influential organisations,” Kirsty said.To work alongside and lead this team was an amazing experience. I was treated as an equal and cannot express my gratitude in words for this life-changing and memorable experience.”
The 24-year-old admits she initially struggled with scientific report writing, however, was able to overcome challenges thanks to the support from her supervisor Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith. “She went above and beyond to ensure I excelled and pushed my abilities to the limits – and shared her knowledge and encouragement too,” Kirsty explained.
Kirsty now hopes to use her degree to make a difference, adding: “I am exploring various avenues and open to opportunities with an organisation or company that works towards a goal of change and improvement for the good.
“I can’t change the world, but I can control how I choose to utilise my skills and knowledge.”
Asked to describe her time at Stirling in three words, she replied: “home, transformational and scenic.”