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Lesley Dugan

Sociology and Social Policy

Northern Ireland

Lesley Dugan

Lesley's Story

I am so thankful to the University of Stirling for equipping me for my career and for giving me four of the best years of my life.

My degree gave me a broad skill set by combining sociological theory with research skills when studying a variety of modules during my studies. I found my degree particularly useful when drafting cases for support in fundraising and for updating donors on the impact philanthropy has on key issues.

Alongside my studies, I worked closely with the Directorate for Internationalisation and Partnerships at the University of Stirling, which gave me the foundations for my career in philanthropy. From working as a telethon caller and intern, I discovered I had a niche for fundraising and was encouraged by the department to apply for the CASE Europe Graduate Scheme. I was successfully chosen as one of twelve graduate trainees for the 2017/18 programme where I completed my internship at Dublin City University Educational Trust and Queen’s University Belfast. Upon completion of the graduate scheme, I returned to Scotland to take up the role of Donor Relations Officer at the University of Aberdeen Development Trust. I have now recently returned to my alma mater to continue working in higher education philanthropy as the Regular Giving Officer in the fundraising team at the University of Stirling.”

I am delighted to be ‘home’ again at the University. I hope that I can recruit and encourage more students to go into a career within advancement as it has certainly been a highlight for me since graduating.

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