Academic Skills Adviser.
Academic Skills Contact for the School of Applied Sciences, School of Arts & Creative Industries.
I became an academic and study skills adviser through facilitating
writing workshops for PhD students and academic staff while working as a
researcher on various projects at Edinburgh Napier University and the
University of Edinburgh (from Adult Literacy to Irish theatre to Intangible
My first degree, in Interior Design, was taken after a career as a
graphics and exhibition designer, then studying for a Doctorate (in
Representations of Scottish cultural identity and devolution) allowed me to
develop my research and writing skills. As a student several times over and from
a 'non-traditional' background, I understand how hard it is for many of our
students who juggle studying alongside several jobs and the many other
responsibilities of 'real life' so, while I support all students (and staff)
at all levels, I have a particular interest in supporting those from what are
currently termed 'wider participation' backgrounds.