“I have worked in academia most of my life BUT I had not taken the step of doing a post graduate qualification. I really wanted to find something that would be interesting to study and would also help with my teaching and early research interests. In the Sustainable Mountain Development programme, I found a course that was both academically challenging and practically relevant. At times it took me out of my comfort zone - for example studying deer management and getting a glimpse of that world that I had never appreciated even existed. Initially I thought it was an issue that was hundreds of miles away but then I found this was a national issue and that there were professionals working on this near where I live in South Wales - talking to them as part of my research for the coursework and seeing how practice and theory meet was a great experience.
The staff at UHI were really helpful throughout the process. I always felt that if I needed help there would be someone there to speak to - despite the course being distance learning.
I have already used a lot of the stuff I learned in my teaching, and I am looking to forward to building on the learning from this programme as I embark on a PhD.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in mountains and sustainability. It opens your eyes and provides a solid basis for discussion of some of the issues that are at the core of popular concern in our world today.”
Greg was awarded the MSc Sustainable Mountain Development with Distinction – July 2021