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From Shooting Stars to Shooting for the Stars

After a high-flying career as a press photographer – which saw her hanging out of helicopters and climbing church bell towers to get the perfect image – Horticulture student Julie...

Student Catriona, sitting on a rock in a snowy forest

A Love of Nature Leads to a New Career Path

When Catriona Cooper turned to bird watching to help her cope with losing her beloved grandmother, she realised her skills were more suited to working outdoors than in a pub...

Student Johnny-Taylor

From the Sound of Music to the Sound of Nature

The impact of Covid-19 on the music industry has prompted a change of direction for Wildlife and Conservation Management student Johnny Taylor. The 38-year-old spent 20 years working in the...

Student Keith O'Connor on a boat in a Loch

A New Career in the Pipeline

After leaving school Keith O’Connor followed his father into the Oil and Gas sector in Aberdeenshire, specialising in pipelines. After being promoted to sales and business development, the next 15...

New Student Ambassador for Wildlife & Conservation at Ayr

A warm welcome to another new student ambassador for the Riverside, Ayr campus. Harley tells us a little about himself here: Hi, my name is Harley Mathieson. I am studying for...

Michael McLaughlin

From City to Countryside

Michael McLaughlin had previously studied Business Management then worked in finance for 10 years. He made the decision to change his path and embark on the BSc (Hons) in Wildlife...

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From Cooking Up Sauces to Protecting Natural Resources

Declan Harper previously worked as a chef, working in various kitchens and pubs in and around Edinburgh but decided to change his path and is now studying Environment Management at SRUC...

From Guest House to Glass House

Kristyna Andrlova previously worked as a Front Office Manager in the hospitality industry and, although she enjoyed her job, she always wanted to return to education. A love of nature...

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Andy Robinson, First Class BSc (Hons) Agriculture, Edinburgh

Andy has graduated with a first-class honours degree in Agriculture despite suffering from mental health problems. He was also awarded the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland Silver Medal...

Student Profile – Maria Stanisz

Maria from Poland came from a background in horticulture and for years worked in a garden centre before deciding to change her career path. “I put a lot of thought...