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.
Our research academics do important work that is genuinely changing lives and policy in a whole host of areas. Pulling them out of their comfort zone and in front of a non-academic audience isn’t always the easiest of tasks, but Alan Gow from our Psychology Department is no stranger to the stage. Alan is leading research on the effects of ageing on the brain and thinking skills and will be making his second Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas outing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, along with Anna Sedda, who is presenting on her work on disgust. Alan told us a bit more about CODI.
An academic, a comedian and the public walk into a Fringe venue…
No, it’s not the setup to a joke, it’s the basis for the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. CODI, as it’s known, puts researchers at the heart of the world’s largest arts festival. The 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe marks CODI’s sixth year and the programme has just been released.
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.
Erin Brown will soon graduate from Heriot-Watt University with a MA (Hons) in International Business Management with Marketing. She’s not quite sure what her long-term plan is just yet, but knows that she wants to continue building a career in marketing.
Erin’s time at Heriot-Watt has prepared her for that career in a number of ways, and thanks to her love of the subject and an impressive piece of coursework produced in 3rd Year she already has a year’s worth of work experience under her belt and a job lined up once she graduates.
You can read more about Erin’s time studying Business Management at Heriot-Watt in the Q&A below. #LoveWattYouDo
This #LoveWattYouDo post features yet another fantastic alumnus of the MSc in Interpreting and Translating Chinese to English – Rui Qiu; known as Rachel. Rachel outlines why living and learning in Scotland was the perfect choice for her and how being taught by world-class academics in a professional setting enabled her to gain successful employment in an interpreting role for a Chinese financial business.
1. What drove your decision to study a Masters degree in your subject? Did you have a specific end goal in mind?
I would like to dig deeper and get well-trained in the interpreting area. And I had a career in mind; I would like to be a professional interpreter.
2. What was it about Heriot-Watt and your programme that made you want to study here?
Edinburgh is a beautiful city and Scottish culture is charming.
3. Can you tell us about an element of the Programme that you’ve particularly enjoyed?
The Mini-conference; It was really interesting to have different language students to discuss and share ideas together, meanwhile, train our interpreting skills in a multilingual environment.
Here at SoSS, our research academics work hard to ensure their work genuinely impacts on the world around us. Current research around disability, ageing, learning, energy economics, green logistics and much, much more all has enormous implications for how we live, work and think about many issues.
Our BSL-team, whose work has already had a huge impact on justice, education and employment within the Deaf community, have now achieved a first for any UK university – signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Deaf Association.
The Marketing team participated in a podcast this month. A part-time MSc student – Karen Sinclair approached us last month as part of her International Marketing Management assignments. Karen created a Podcast featuring the many ways Heriot-Watt University makes studying more accessible to all. Karen is herself a disabled student with carer responsibilities too and wanted to complete an MSc to enhance her prospects and futureproof her career. She studies International Marketing management with Consumer Psychology and in this podcast interviews Claire-Jayne Seller of the SoSS Marketing Team, Dr Kathryn Waite the Programme Director for International Marketing Management and one of her fellow cohort Carla John also a parent student with carer responsibilities on how the University provides for students who are not part of the mould.
We hope that you enjoy listening and that if you are thinking of studying any of our MSc’s in the School of Social Sciences and have any additional needs (such as a parent/carer, or have a disabilities) this podcast provides you with the enhanced knowledge on the facilities and structures in place in SoSS and the University as a whole and encourages you to apply to study with us!
For this #LoveWattYouDo profile, we met a fantastic alumnus of the MSc in Interpreting and Translating Chinese to English – Fan Mo. She is a great example of determination delivering success. Currently working as an Estate Agent or ‘Realtor’ for a Chinese company across their international territories. Here she outlines why her degree with Heriot-Watt School of Social Sciences was the perfect stepping-stone to set her on the path to a multilingual career, and its lovely to see that she had such a great relationship with the academics that helped her along the way.
Question 1: What drove your decision to study a Masters degree in your subject? Did you have a specific end goal in mind?
I studied a masters in Chinese-English Interpreting and Translation. When I was at school, being fluent in English not only gave me an edge in my studies, but it also opened up window to explore the wider world. It was fantastic to get to know people from different countries and to understand what’s happening in this world without struggling to find a translation. I loved the experience and I wanted to make it part of my future career. My bachelor’s degree was in Chinese but my goal was to get involved in international organisations and I believed that my postgraduate degree would be the thing to help me achieve this goal.
Question 2. What was it about Heriot-Watt and your programme that made you want to study here?
I made quite a lot of comparisons before applying for this programme. Since I was mostly interested in interpreting, I was very attracted by the flexibility of the course. It allows you to make your own study plan by selecting what suits you best from a list of elective courses. Having experienced teachers who are also native speakers of the languages is a crucial element. State of the art interpreting labs also give students hands-on experience and prepares them for their future work. Last but not the least, not to mention a scholarship I gained from the Scottish government.
“Who doesn’t want to come to one of the most beautiful cities in the world!” Fan Mo
Since joining us in August 2016 as a Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing Assistant, Jessica’s found her interest, curiosity and of course knowledge of the variety of different things that spark an applicants interest to studying here at Heriot-Watt University fascinating.
Going forward, Jess will be focusing more of her role on assisting with the marketing of the School of Social Sciences and the communications within the School’s research expertise. You can also find Jessica outside of the office in a park with her pet pug puppy – Sir Arthur!
If you think that doing a PhD is all about being surround by endless piles of books and journals – one long deskbound literature review, this might make you think again! The School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt offers a world of opportunities, and some of our current PhD researchers are a great example.
Cait McCullagh, a PhD researcher with our Intercultural Research Centre, is undertaking research under a SGSAH Applied Research Collaborative Studentship in Shetland, looking at how people in vulnerable and remote environments connect around their maritime heritage. Her work, Curating Heritage for Sustainable Communities in Highly Vulnerable Environments: The case of Scotland’s Northern Isles, is a practice-based PhD, with hands-on work at Shetland Museum and Archives. Cait finds this approach beneficial, describing it as “ensuring that my praxis is grounded in the experience and learning opportunities that working behind the scenes with colleagues there affords.”