Hometown: Edinburgh/Kelso, Scotland

 

About You

After completing an undergraduate in Behavioral Sciences I worked for a third sector organization called Positive Steps, based in Dundee, as a Project Coordinator working with socially isolated individuals over the age of 65 to promote a healthier lifestyle. Workshops focused on; coping with change, effective communication, diabetes, sexual health and mental health. I decided that I wanted to continue to work for non-governmental organizations but I mainly wanted to focus on gender and/or mental health. I applied for the MSc and moved to Edinburgh where I started to work in the homeless sector working with women who have experienced domestic violence and I was then accepted on the course.

The Course

The course allowed me the opportunity to look at inequalities and health impacts completely differently. It opened my eyes beyond what I thought any course could possibly do and has given me the drive to help as many people and communities as possible on a global scale. Whenever I travel I find myself asking so many questions relating to social determinants of health, take interest in culturally relevant situations, health systems and have a strong thirst for knowledge. I feel like the broad range of students from around the world was amazing! I felt incredibly supported by IGHD and that the work load was very manageable. I felt that the Institute took into consideration whenever we felt it was getting on top of us and that whilst we were doing classes we came at a high priority.

"The course allowed me the opportunity to look at inequalities and health impacts completely differently. It opened my eyes beyond what I thought any course could possibly do and has given me the drive to help as many people and communities as possible on an global scale."
Bryony Nisbet

I continued to work in the homeless sector but went from full time to relief hours to focus on my studies. I also took relief hours at an organisation that works with helping young people who have come out of care access housing and live independently. I normally worked at least 20 hours a week. I did not feel that working these hours was a huge obstacle whilst doing a full time master’s but I did find myself feeling very anxious at the beginning of semester two due to my heavy workload and I wasn’t aware of this until I slowed down. My advice to any prospective student would be to understand your own capacities and if you do feel yourself struggling then be sure to understand that you aren’t alone. Communicate your problems with academic staff and your Personal Academic Tutor… they are there to help and help they will! I have never encountered a more supportive and understanding network of people. You can do this!

Life after graduation

I’m going to Rwanda for three and a half months to lead a team of volunteers and work on a project aimed at helping the most marginalized people to access their human rights. There are two projects that I could be working for in Rwanda and I will not know until I am in country. Thereafter I aim to move to where the work is (probably London)… this is still to be confirmed.

 

Story published 2016-2017

Social Development and Health

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