About you

"I really enjoy the community learning aspect of the University. I have always thought that I would rather go to a friendlier and more supportive university and make a bigger impact than go to a larger university and just be another face in the crowd.

"For nearly a decade before coming to QMU, I was a classical ballet dancer and was heavily involved with a lot of theatre work. My current favourite passtime is mountain biking and I have a golden labrador named Holly."

What’s been the highlight of the course so far?

"What has stood out for me on the BA (Hons) PR, Marketing and Events programme at QMU so far was volunteering at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Scotland PRide Awards, which is a black tie event celebrating the top PR campaigns of the year. My favourite assessment (never thought I would say that) was the crisis news conference, where you need to sit on a panel representing a hypothetical organisation undergoing a crisis while your lecturers role play as journalists. I thought this was great because it gives you real experience in dealing with situations and is not just a sit-down exam."

What’s your advice for making the most of being a student at QMU?

"Be prepared to throw yourself into absolutely every opportunity. It’s really important that you take advantage of the many personal development schemes that QMU has to offer. Your whole experience here will be so much richer as a result.

"Probably the biggest highlight of my time at QMU so far has been my involvement with the STARS Programme, which I’m now co-ordinating. STARS stands for Student Tourism Ambassador Role Scotland.

"In this role I’m getting valuable work experience over and above the academic knowledge I’m learning on my degree, including looking after nearly 40 students across four work experience locations in Edinburgh over the summer. This available experience is improving my confidence and developing my leadership skills, so it’s a real boost for my CV."

What are your plans after graduating from QMU?

"After I graduate I hope to pursue a career in corporate communications."

Adrian Crighton's interview on the QMU YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaZRx2VdyJQ&feature=youtu.be

‘Step Into QMU’ and find your undergraduate course:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=So3MHvNPrK0

‘Step Up with QMU’ - personal development and work experience opportunities:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg21NNz7gZQ

Student Tourism Ambassador Role Scotland (STARS):

www.qmu.ac.uk/stars

South East Scotland Academies Partnership:

http://southeastscotlandacademies.org/

 

"It’s really important that you take advantage of the many personal development schemes that QMU has to offer"
Adrian Crighton

 

Story Published 2017 - 2018