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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Profile: Matt Jarratt

Matt Jarratt, MSc in Policy Studies 2006-2007, now Membership and Communication Manager, Social Enterprise London


What were you doing before you applied to the MSc in Policy Studies? 

I was working as a consultant for a recruitment company in London. 

Why did you apply to the programme? 

I was keen to change direction in my career, aiming to become a policy or research officer in the public or third sector. I applied to the Policy Studies programme at Edinburgh both because of the outstanding reputation of the department and the exciting opportunities offered by studying at the University and living in the city. 

What are your best memories from your time studying here? 

I enjoyed the programme very much; my best memories include the stimulating discussions in seminars, made particularly interesting by the diverse, multi-national make-up of the course group. There was a very inclusive, supportive feel to the whole year, with fellow students and tutors willing to give generously of their time. There was also a good social side to the course, including a weekly ‘Policy Studies’ quiz team, which competed informally at various pubs around Edinburgh. 

What are you doing now?  Did the degree help you to get where you are? 

I am now a Research Fellow with the Scottish Council Foundation, an independent think tank based in Edinburgh. The degree not only helped me get the job, but most importantly it has proved invaluable in my work now I’ve started. 

What's it like being a student in Edinburgh? 

Edinburgh is a terrific place to be a student – there are countless clubs, societies and teams in which to get involved, and an active Students Association. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend applying to the Policy Studies programme at Edinburgh University. 

We recently caught up with Matt who now works for Social Enterprise London. He has been carrying out training on Social Enterprise on behalf of the British Council in Hanoi, Vietnam. Read the full story, here

Image: Milling around at Graduation, Bristo Square, Edinburgh. © Andy Aitchison 2007.  

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