Museum Student Educators (MuSE)
In June 2011, The Hunterian introduced regular public gallery tours led by student MUSEs (Museum Student Educators) as a work related learning programme. 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 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 2016 we increased our tour portfolio, adding the William Hunter The Medic tour and in 2017 developping the former Science History Highlights in to two tours: Science & Innovation and Medical History (our collections displayed on the upper balcony of the museum). In 2018 we have broadened the activity of MUSE guides to include Object Taster sessions at the Hunterian collections Study Centre, Kelvin Hall. Sessions have been arranged in partnership with the University of Glasgow's Widening participation Unit and with Kelvin Hall partners, Glasgow Museums. These developments have only been possible with the contribution of dedicated students.
Recruitment to the programme is competitive by application form and interview. Recruitment for summer 2018 has closed. We will be recruiting again for 2018-2019 in the Autumn term. In the meantime you can email a note of interest to Ruth Fletcher, Student Engagement Officer at The Hunterian, in order to receive notification of the next opportunity.
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, 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, MA History