Delegation discuss partnerships between Dumfries and Nova Scotia

Issued: Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:42:00 BST

A delegation of academics and students from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies recently travelled to Nova Scotia, Canada to discuss the development of international partnerships between the University of Glasgow Dumfries Campus and St Francis Xavier University (StFX).

Anne Ferguson and Dr Jeremy Law were joined by four students who undertook placements locally. Erin Craighead and Jordan Rae, studying Primary Education with Teaching Qualification, were placed in local schools to shadow teachers, help with lessons and to meet a Gaelic teacher. Health & Social Policy students Rebecca Stanley and Ruairi Turner joined the National Centre for the Determinants of Health on StFX’s campus for two days to learn about their work and observe similarities and differences with Scotland.

Dumfries-Nova Scotia delegation

Dr Jeremy Law from the University of Glasgow also discussed mental health literacy‌ research with Dr Chris Gilman following StFX’s last visit to Dumfries and is now working on a grant application to introduce mental health curriculum to schools in Scotland.

Both universities are keen to develop the partnership further with plans for an international student placement experience, as well as staff and faculty mobility.

Professor Carol Hill, Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies said, “We’re delighted with our growing international partnerships like this one with St Francis Xavier University. Our students who study abroad have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and add unique skills and perspective to their University of Glasgow experience.”