Research title: Examining the effectiveness of agricultural experiences as part of Scottish Secondary School Pupils’ interdisciplinary learning under the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).
I am researching agricultural experiences at secondary school level, and examining where these could be best employed and linked to outdoor learning opportunities.
I am investigating this from different perspectives, and exploring the benefits and/or challenges that may arise, and any differences between urban and rural stakeholders.
My scholarship is generously sponsored by the Mains of Loirston Charitable Trust.
As a Graduate Teaching Assistant I have lectured on the Environmental Science and Sustainability programme contributing to both the Introduction to Environmental Science (Level 1) and Sustainable Farming (Level 2) courses.
I developed and delivered an Environmental Studies course forming part of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies Summer School for Access. This included developing the content and assessments, and the marking of essays and exams.
I grew up in the Pentland Hills on the edge of Edinburgh, and have always enjoyed being surrounded by farmland and the open countryside.
I graduated from the University of Glasgow with First Class Honours BSc Environmental Stewardship in 2014, and gained my MSc Environmental Policy and Governance from the University of Stirling in 2015.
I returned to Dumfries in 2016 to undertake my PhD studies with a scholarship from the Mains of Loirston Charitable Trust. I also hold a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, contributing to a number of courses at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.