Profile: Rosemary Morgan
Rosemary Morgan, MSc in Policy Studies 2006-2007
What were you doing before you applied to the MSc in Policy Studies?
I was completing my undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, double majoring in Sociology and Theatre.
Why did you apply to the programme?
Policy is such an emerging field and is something that affects everyone. By studying it I felt that I'd have the opportunity to extend my sociological background into something more hands-on and be able to one day positively and practically influence people's lives. Because I would like to one day work in an international context I wanted to get my degree outside of Canada. To me, the University of Edinburgh was an internationally respected and well-known university that would provide me with the quality of education I was looking for.
What are your best memories from your time studying here?
The people I met and the friends I made. What was wonderful was that I got to meet people from all around the world who were interested in the same things I was.
What are you doing now? Did the degree help you to get where you are?
I am currently completing my PhD at the University of Leeds in the Institute of Health Sciences. The degree definitely helped me to get to where I am. Through it I was able to explore different areas of policy in order to find what I wanted to specialize in most – health policy. I recognize now that completing the degree opened up many opportunities for me and my classmates – it's unbelievable what we're all doing now!
What's it like being a student in Edinburgh?
Edinburgh is an amazing city. The history there is remarkable. What I enjoyed most was the culture though – the music and theatre scene was so rich and diverse. And the travel! Travelling all throughout the United Kingdom and Europe was so easy – I took advantage of all the time off I had! All in all, it was an experience that I'll not soon forget.
Image: Milling around at Graduation, Bristo Square, Edinburgh. © Andy Aitchison 2007.