Centre for History graduates at undergraduate and postgraduate level move on to further study or find work in many different areas of life, from teaching to the civil service to museum work. The skills and aptitudes developed during your period of study with us will stand you in good stead for life as well as preparing you for the complexities and pressures of the modern workplace. We asked a few of our recent graduates what they've been doing since studying with us. Here's what they said:
Sam Baillie, BA Hons History
"Since graduating in 2017, I’ve been extraordinarily lucky to be able to combine several skills to enjoy a really positive start to my post-university career. Most recently, I’ve been working in communications within the non-profit sector, writing reports, creating videos and producing graphics to support the incredible work done in Scottish charities, as well as some early forays into freelance work! I was also hugely fortunate to complete a further year at the University of Glasgow. History still plays a massive role in my life to this day. If I can convince a Scot that Edward I “wasn’t so bad, really”, then asking them to donate some money to a great cause doesn’t seem quite so hard!"
Mary Soutar, PhD
"Studying history and particularly Highland history has been a big part of my life for the last ten years. I have spent many enjoyable hours in archives and libraries in the Highlands and Islands exploring their rich resources. Having completed my undergraduate degree in 2013, I started a research master’s degree which at some point transformed into a PhD. Writing it up was not as pleasurable as doing the research but I am extremely grateful to my supervisors, Dr Jim MacPherson and Dr Elizabeth Ritchie and my husband and children for encouraging me to finish my thesis (and providing tissues and cake when needed!)"
Theresa Mackay, MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands
"I decided later in life to finally study what I was passionate about, so I started the MLitt course not really knowing where it might take me. I can now say it has completely transformed my life, resulting in professional opportunities both at home and abroad that I never thought possible. My work in museums, heritage, tourism, and consulting, has been enhanced tremendously and my perspective on what it means to be a global Scot has been forever changed. Studying with students from around the world in the supportive academic community fostered by the UHI Centre for History has given me a network I will now have for life. The MLitt is a brilliant course and an excellent experience that I will never forget." Theresa lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and has just started working on her PhD.
You never have to say goodbye to UHI as you can keep in touch through the UHI alumni service. You can also follow the Centre on Twitter or Facebook, or email email@example.com to join our mailing list for news and talks. We often hear from our former students and love to find out what they are doing now!
Craig Graham, BA Hons History and Politics
"I’ve been a Civil Servant since I graduated, initially at HM Revenue and Customs, and I am now a Policy Officer in the Primary Care Directorate within the Scottish Government. The politics side of my studies has played a bigger role as I have to be aware of the political environment when working on policies and providing the Cabinet Secretary briefings. In terms of history, I’m currently enjoying reading about Renaissance Florence when I can."
Graham Hannaford, MLitt History of the Highlands and Islands
"I was recently awarded a PhD from Federation University Australia. Studying from my home in Canberra, I joined the initial group of students enrolled in the Centre for History’s MLitt program, graduated with distinction in 2015 and proceeded to doctoral study in Australia. I credit my present academic success to the encouragement and sound training in historical studies given by the Centre."