I am a father of four wonderful children! A lot of my spare time is spent watching them grow, learn and develop. However, I also volunteer some of my time to help out with community based projects such as Support from the Start, promoting improvements in the health and education for 0 - 8 year-olds, and the Dadswork charity which works with male parents and guardians to provide support, opportunities and trips to develop their skills and improve their time with the children under their care. My main project is the development of a community based parent cooking skills group within Prestonpans, working with other interested health promotion providers. This involves providing help and support in the practice of cooking family meals in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU?


Throughout my career within the NHS, meeting student nurses over the years I was always interested in finding out their views on the universities in which their studies take place. Queen Margaret was always given a good reputation from their students and it gave me confidence that when I decided to apply for my chosen course of Dietetics that QMU was the university for me.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

In some respects, the option of being close to home was a major consideration. However, the fact that Edinburgh is a fascinating and exciting town - with activities available from a night out in a safe and vibrant environment to a wonderful historical and dramatic engagement with Edinburgh and its dark history - is a major appeal to living and enjoying this great city.

Living Away from Home

I am lucky enough to be living at home with my family, and I commute into QMU each day. The options for me to commute into the university are vast, from the five-minute train journey (10 minutes from Edinburgh) to using the bus, cycling and occasionally the car. It is really easy to travel to university and the encouragement of being green in my commute allows me to ease my conscience in regards to my carbon foot print.

I prefer my cycle to QMU - I have improved my health, got my time down to 25 minutes for the five-mile journey, along a wonderful seaside route which includes a woodland countryside section and a river side final leg before I reach the university. QMU provide excellent shower, locker and changing facilities to encourage cyclists.

Life in Edinburgh – what’s the best experience you’ve had so far in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

Edinburgh is bursting with potential. t there is something to interest everyone! Where I live in Prestonpans, East Lothian is a relaxed and enjoyable countryside environment, within a half hour journey in any direction you can go from beautiful sandy beaches, hidden ancient woodlands, castles and even Rapunzel’s tower (well that’s what I convinced my six-year-old daughter it was).

"For me, the highlight of my course so far has been the amazing support and encouragement from both staff and fellow students. I have learnt a lot about my own potential and abilities, surprising myself with how much I have enjoyed and coped with studies as a mature student."
Iain Scott




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