An exciting new application has been launched by our Languages and Intercultural Studies department, enabling new migrants to learn the language of their host country and familiarise themselves with culture-specific vocabulary and concepts; thereby potentially removing some barriers to integration. The Moving Languages app is the result of an EU-funded project led by Finnish organisation Learnmera Oy, with LINCS at Heriot-Watt as one of the partners.
Free to download on iOS and Android, the app is user-friendly, versatile and comprehensive, providing a gamified language- and culture-learning tool. It contains 4000+ illustrated vocabulary items for easy concept recognition, grammar exercises, flashcards, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, culture, administration, health and immigration tabs, dialogues with audio, audio spelling and comprehension tests and many other features. The app covers topics that are essential during the first steps of living in the host country.
Following the broadcast of Blue Planet 2, there has been an increasing interest amongst the general public on how to reduce ocean plastics. Images of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in his or her nostril, a seahorse carrying a cotton bud and marine mammals caught in fishing nets have understandably upset viewers. We can see increased efforts on behalf of communities to clear up their beaches, and charities such as Surfers against Sewage have seen increased interest in their work. Emma Shepherd reported in The Guardian that school children have been so moved by images of marine life in distress that they are putting pressure on their parents to change their use single use plastics.
We’ve enjoyed sharing stories of our SoSS Graduation Prizewinners this week, and reflecting on the excitement of last week’s ceremonies.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing photos and videos of the graduates across all our four departments – so follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
Today is the last in our Prizewinner series, but very much not the least. Both today’s featured students are from our Languages and Intercultural Studies Department. Anna Spence and Hana Smith, who have both graduated with first class degrees in Interpreting and Translating.
Anna Spence came to Heriot-Watt University with no knowledge of British Sign Language, but is leaving with a first class MA (Hons) in Languages (Interpreting and Translating), having studied both German and BSL. She has also won the Thomas Braidwood Award, which is given to a student who has shown outstanding commitment to achieving excellence in BSL. Anna has participated in many opportunities to practice her interpreting and translating skills during her time at Heriot-Watt, including the CIUTI 2018 Annual Conference, and our own annual Multilingual Debate. In this short video, she talks about her studies and future plans.
Hana Smith also graduated last week with a first class MA (Hons) in Languages (Interpreting and Translating), having studied French and Spanish. Hana had the honour of being selected to receive this year’s Fiona Watson Memorial Award. The Award keeps alive the memory and work of Fiona Watson, an alumni of Heriot-Watt who graduated with a first class honours degree graduate in languages. Fiona who was one of 22 peacekeepers killed in a terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003, while she was working as a Political Adviser to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General.
The Award supports an outstanding languages student to take up an internship at the UN – which is what Hana is going on to do. We wish Hana well with this incredible opportunity and know she will go on to make a difference in the world with the languages skills she has developed at Heriot-Watt. Well done Hana.
It was a great privilege to be involved in the SoSS graduations last week; to see our students looking so smart, with proud families by their side. All of our graduates have done so well, and we enjoyed hearing their stories of what they’re going to go on to do next (with the hope that we see quite a few back for post-grad studies!)
Yesterday we profiled two of our Accountancy, Economics and Finance prize-winning graduates, and today it’s the turn of Ammara Imtiaz, a Psychology graduate, and Yadah Maposa, who graduated in Business Law last week.
Ammara graduated last week with a BSc Psychology with Human Health with Honours of the First Class – well done, Ammara! She also received the British Psychological Society Undergraduate Award, which is given by the BPS to the student with the highest overall average. She spoke to our Marketing Officer, Daniel, about her time and studies at Heriot-Watt, and her surprise at receiving the award!
We love hearing about the different ways in which SoSS students intend to go out there and change the world. And in this, Yadah Maposa definitely fits the bill. Yadah graduated last week with a first class MA in International Business Management with Business Law. She also won the Lord Penrose prize, which is awarded to the student with the highest mark in a Business Law programme. Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to get Yadah’s video up here, but this is what she told us:
“My name’s Yadah Maposa and I studied International Business Management with Business Law and I’m also this year’s prizewinner for the Lord Penrose Prize, which I’m so honoured to have received. After university, I plan to start an NGO in Africa. I’m from Zimbabwe, so I really want to help children in that area who have not had as many opportunities as I have had. I believe that this university and my degree have fully equipped me to take on that mission.”
Last week we celebrated with our 2018 graduands. The weather was variable, but excitement palpable across all four ceremonies on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 June. We caught up with a few of our prizewinners to congratulation them on their achievements and find out what the future holds. Today we’re featuring Gordon Jack and Zixuan Guo
Gordon Jack graduated last week with a first MA (Hons) Economics last week and was the Watt Club Medal for Economics, and spoke to us about his time and Heriot-Watt and his future plans.
Zixuan Guo was awarded the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland Prize for the best dissertation mark in Accountancy and Finance. Zixuan was the first prizewinner to have come from a partner university in China. She tells us more in this short video.
This is Melissa Marques, a student from Brazil who handpicked Heriot-Watt University for her Master’s Degree in Managing Business Performance from half way around the world.
She’s described her experience of studying at Heriot-Watt as ‘amazing’, which is fantastic to hear from someone doing a Master’s degree in managing performance!
Click on her image to read a Q and A about her time studying here over on our #LoveWattYouDo blog where our students write about their experiences at Heriot-Watt University.
What drove your decision to study an MSc in Managing Business Performance?
My decision to study the MSc Managing Business Performance course was based on gaining a holistic view of businesses to help me stand out in the marketplace and accelerate my career. I also believed studying an accredited course would strengthen my credibility in the field.
We are proud that here at SoSS we have fostered strong relationships with businesses and therefore can offer our students several fantastic internship opportunities during their Master’s programmes. An internship offers you, our students, the real experience that the teaching environment can never replicate, this fact alone makes the internship experience invaluable.
Currently, we have several companies working with us to offer internships to our students; many of these are globally located meaning their internship placements could be located across several locations or countries (even continents!) providing you with a global business & cultural perspective to your internship experience. An internship feeds into your course – for example, both the Array Marketing and Baxters Food Group internships are directly linked with your MSc dissertation project. Whichever way you look at it, being successfully recruited onto an internship will enhance your career prospects and business acumen in a way that your MSc programme couldn’t do alone. This is why we are so proud to be able to offer so many of these exciting opportunities to you our students!
This is Petter, a Norwegian student in his 4th year of MA Business and Finance at Heriot-Watt University’s School of Social Sciences.
We spoke to Petter to find out what it’s like to be a Norwegian student in Scotland and he told us why he chose to do his Business and Finance degree in Edinburgh and why he thinks it’s easy to feel at home here.
Read on to learn more about Petter’s plans for the future and discover which Norwegian VIP has links to Heriot-Watt University.
Meet Annagul, an undergraduate student at Heriot-Watt University from Turkmenistan, studying MA (Hons) International Business Management with Marketing. Anna, who will be graduating in June, has a passion for photography and her skills gained our attention when she won the School of Social Science’s monthly Instagram competition #ScenesofSoSS. The competition encourages students, staff and alumni to share their favourite experiences of Heriot-Watt University and it gives us the chance to celebrate the talent that exists amongst the University community. At the end of the year, the winner from each month of the competition will feature in our official calendar.
We spoke with Anna for this #LoveWattYouDo blog and she explained how both her bachelor degree and hobby are helping to prepare her for the career she wants. Using her Business Management and venturing skills, she has already set up photography walking tours around Edinburgh, and is now in the process of launching an exhibition to display her grandfather’s sculptors to the public of Edinburgh.
We also took the opportunity to ask some questions about her studies, her life as a Heriot-Watt University student and her passion in the arts sector, read on to find out more.
I will never get tired of repeating that Edinburgh is such a fantastic city which inspires me a lot.
Heriot-Watt’s global reputation means we attract Master’s students from all over the world. This is something we’re really proud of as it provides a multi-cultural student population and lots of different perspectives in the classroom.
Still, it’s always reassuring to know that our reputation is just as strong, if not stronger, with those who live right on our doorstep in Edinburgh, our wonderful city of origin. This means we always have plenty of locals to share their insider knowledge of the city and give our truly global university a truly local feel.
Olivia studied Classics in Liverpool before returning home to complete her Master’s at our Edinburgh campus with the aim of gaining a degree that would help her launch a career.
With classes and exams finished, and her Dissertation project coming together for the summer months, we sat down with Olivia to reflect on her experience of coming back to study in Edinburgh for her Master’s degree.