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

Having had experience of a range of roles in publicly funded Edinburgh arts organisations, I enjoyed seeing a different perspective to this work when I joined the City of Edinburgh Council in an arts funding and development capacity. The MSc in Public Sector Leadership course, available through the Council in partnership with QMU, helped me marry the dichotomy of these shared visions and objectives across my working experience, and helped me build a more comprehensive understanding of how core leadership skills remain consistent across our varied creative approaches.

"Being able to study with other students who work full-time in completely different disciplines, such as debt advice and social work, also helped us all share our experiences and learn from our differing approaches."
Rebecca Pipette

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

I have subsequently moved on to a role at Scottish Government in the Culture Division, where the research and evaluation skills we learned and practiced throughout the course have been invaluable. I believe that the reflective nature of the study, and the opportunities to focus research on my own practice, substantially improved my strategic and operational planning.

The structure of the cohorts also works well, crossing over local authority area and making us feel part of a team while not being based at QMU. Being able to study with other students who work full-time in completely different disciplines, such as debt advice and social work, also helped us all share our experiences and learn from our differing approaches.