Museum University Student Educators (MUSE)
In June 2011, The Hunterian introduced regular public gallery tours led by student MUSEs (Museum University Student Educators) under the Internship Hub (formerly Club 21) work related learning programme created by the University’s Careers Service. Since then, the programme has gone from strength to strength. The popular 30-minute tours offer an excellent learning experience to the students and a unique interpretative perspective on our collections for our visitors. The public response has been extremely enthusiastic.
The programme is open to current University of Glasgow students of any discipline or level of study. It has grown year on year and now operates with a core cohort of around 30 students from a mixture of Arts and Science disciplines and a various study levels. In 2015 we added the newly developed Science History Highlights (our collections displayed on the upper balcony of the museum), to our advertised tour programme, and are currently piloting two further tours: William Hunter The Medic and The Hunterian Anatomy Museum . We hope that these will be added to the public programme in early 2016. This has only been possible with the contribution of dedicated students.
Recruitment to the programme is competitive and is managed via the Internship Hub in the University's career service. Next expected recruitment is Spring 2017.
I like the feeling of knowing you have had an impact on someone else’s day and made their visit more enjoyable. It is also good to feel part of a larger organisation different from everyday university life.
Eleanor Dillon, 4th Year MA Classics/English Literature
I enjoy the rush of pride I feel in myself, the MUSE programme, The Hunterian and the University when a group of visitors applauds at the end of a tour. Delivering tours has given me a sense of achievement and purpose outside my studies by doing something extra-curricular which I think is really worthwhile for my own personal development and the community.
Mairi Hamilton, 3rd Year MA History