Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland

Year of Course: 3

 

About You

Tell us a little about yourself such as your hobbies/interests that are related or not related to your course of study:

I enjoy playing/watching football and have a keen interest in music, particularly Elvis Presley. I also enjoy reading conspiracy theories and questioning what’s actually happening in this world. This stemmed from my interest in the media and how they portray certain issues differently from how they actually are.

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

I was looking for a course that didn’t just focus on media but also incorporated public relations. I’m keen to get into the PR industry and realised that studying this in conjunction with media would help me reach my target. I chose QMU because it provided the course I was looking for and I was impressed with the things I’d heard about the university from a friend.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

The course I enrolled on was not available in Glasgow but I am glad it turned out this way as I feel experiencing different parts of the country will help me grow as a person and become more open-minded as I encounter a range of people from diverse backgrounds.

Living Away from Home

I currently do not live away from home. I get the train in each day that I am in.

"I really enjoyed studying persuasive communication, and the ethical issues attached to it as this was something I hadn’t thought of before. In the second semester I am doing a group project which involves creating a PR campaign for a live client, which is something I am really looking forward to."
Jack Love-Cuthill

The Course

Did you attend an Open Day? If so was there any aspect of the University which made up your mind for you?

Yes, I attended the Open Day and was impressed with the building and how modern it looked. I thought it was great that it was very close to the train station. Being able to speak to students and lecturers encouraged me to attend this university as they were welcoming and eager to answer any queries I had.

What’s been the highlight of the course so far? What have you learnt, or which particular activity has been the most interesting?

I really enjoyed studying persuasive communication, and the ethical issues attached to itas this was something I hadn’t thought of before. In the second semester I am doing a group project which involves creating a PR campaign for a live client, which is something I am really looking forward to.

Any advice for students who might be interested in this course?

I think it’s a great course which really enlightens you to the different aspects of public relations and how important media is if you want to get into the PR industry. The lecturers are enthusiastic about the subjects they teach and are always ready to help, so it’s a positive environment to learn in. I was a direct entrant into third year having spent two years at college. The students have helped me integrate into the classes and the lecturers’ doors are always open to offer any advice.

Any future plans after graduation?

I am currently in third year at the moment, so the plan is to stay on for another year and graduate next year. After that I will be out in the real world looking for a real job and hopefully take the first steps to a long and successful career in PR.

Life as a Student at QMU

What’s your ‘top tip’ for making the most of being a student?

I would say that reading what the lecturers ask you to read will help you go a long way to understanding the different concepts and issues that are discussed throughout the semester. I would suggest getting to know different people on your course and listen to their ideas to enhance your overall experience at university.