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.”
Hello! We’re the Heriot-Watt University School of Social Sciences Marketing team. We started this blog to bring news, views and research from the school.
About the School
Heriot-Watt’s School of Social Sciences is made up of our Accountancy, Economics and Finance; Business Management; Psychology and Languages and Intercultural Studies departments. The school has over 40 undergraduate programmes and over 50 postgraduate taught programmes, as well as amazing postgraduate research opportunities in all departments in the Edinburgh campus. Many of the programmes are also taught in the Dubai and Malaysia campuses.
The school has nearly 4,000 undergraduate students across its three campuses, and over 800 postgraduate students.
Meet the Team!
The Marketing and Communications team sits within the Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing element of SoSS. They are responsible for promoting all SoSS activities to students, academics, the wider university and the outside world. The team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire-Jayne Seller is the Marketing & Communications Manager for the School of Social Sciences and joined HWU in September 2016. CJ previously worked for the University of Edinburgh in Marketing and at length for Scotland’s national tourist board VisitScotland in International Marketing – managing the North American market. CJ’s experience and passion lie with the diaspora markets of North America, and she loves to share interesting stories that highlight the close links between the two markets. CJ says that her passion for Scotland the destination is a perfect match for working at Heriot-Watt University; set in the beautiful capital city of Edinburgh, surrounded by countryside and steeped in heritage. CJ is a mum of two small boys and works part-time and loves the flexibility HWU offers her. CJ is a huge Scotland Rugby fan and can regularly be found loitering at Oriam for a glimpse of Gregor Townsend and his boys! #AsOne #lovewattyoudo
Daniel has been the Marketing and Student Recruitment Officer for Heriot-Watt’s School of Social Sciences since October 2016. He studied in Glasgow before taking up his first marketing job with St Aloysius’ College in a role which allowed him to develop copywriting, photography and digital communication skills, whilst learning to implement cross-channel marketing campaigns.
The best thing about working for a university, Daniel says, is having the chance to market something that makes a huge difference to a person’s life and has a genuinely positive impact on society. Having grown up in the Highlands, Daniel feels at home on Heriot-Watt’s countryside campus and likes to get out and about whenever the Scottish weather allows. A keen footballer, he is always up for a game of 5-a-sides in ORIAM – usually in a bid to work off the latest lunchtime baguette from Elements.
Tanya Rhodes joined the SoSS team in December 2017 as Research Communications Officer. Tanya spent her early career as a music and business journalist, before working in events and making the move to broader communications in 2007. Having worked across the private, public and third sectors in England and Scotland, as well as with the now-closed NSPCC / The University of Edinburgh Child Protection Research Centre, Tanya brings a variety of insights to the role. She says that she relishes the prospect of working with Heriot-Watt’s researchers within SoSS, due to their expertise and genuine passion for their topic, and enjoys bringing stories of impactful change into the spotlight. In the outside world, Tanya has two young daughters, enjoys horse-riding and has recently become involved in campaigning for the Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children, a cause very close to her heart.