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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Profile: Ulrike Peter

Ulrike Peter, MSc in Policy Studies 2006-2007

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

Before I applied to the MSc I was working at a diary publishing company as an editor for about six months. I was not enjoying it and had been contemplating to continue studying at postgraduate level for quite a while.

Why did you apply to the programme?

I applied for the programme because I wanted to widen my potential area of work. I had done a publishing media degree and since moving to Scotland nine years ago I have always been involved with a charity organisation for people with disabilities. It became my goal to work in the charity sector in a communications role to be able to combine my publishing skills together with an understanding of politics and policy making. Therefore I applied for this programme.

What are your best memories from your time studying here?

My best memories of studying this course involved the variety and relative freedom to choose and pick the modules according to areas of my interests. I also enjoyed meeting many different and interesting people that were all quite passionate about politics, society and how the world works...

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

Since November I have been working for Universities Scotland as International Policy Officer. Universities Scotland is an umbrella organisation working on behalf of the principals of the higher education institutions. My role is to address international issues of interest to the sector and to represent and communicate these to a variety of organisation and of course the Scottish government. Issues are extremely varied and wide ranging that makes my role very interesting. Without my postgraduate degree I would not have been able to get into this line of work.

What's it like being a student in Edinburgh?

I did both my undergraduate as well as my postgraduate degree in Edinburgh and I enjoyed it very much. Apart from providing one's education universities have a lot of other activities to offer. I for example started dancing Tango five years ago through one of the student societies and have continued ever since. Apart from the university life Edinburgh is a lovely city that has a lot to offer to students in many different areas on a small budget. Apart from the weather Edinburgh is definitely a brilliant city to be a student in.


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

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