Blog: Lucy, Social Sciences Lecturer and Deputy Head of Curriculum
Delve into the intriguing world of social sciences with our Social Science Lecturer and Deputy Head of Curriculum, Lucy, who tells us all we need to know about employment opportunities and confesses her secret hidden talent!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have worked in education for 8 years now having previously been a Staff Nurse in the NHS. I made the change because I took an evening class at college in 2005 and found I enjoyed learning as an adult far more than I did when I was younger! I wanted to move away from shift work when my children were young and I found that learning completely new things was more exciting so I started an undergraduate degree in 2007, graduating in 2012 and got a job at Moray College UHI the same year. Since then I have completed a Masters and taken on a managerial role.
Why should someone study Social Sciences?
The courses we offer in social sciences are really interesting! Students learn so many different things across our courses and this helps to broaden their horizons – from learning what your dreams mean, to the history of the world wars - none of our students are ever bored!
Describe a typical day in your line of work?
My days are really busy – I teach on a range of courses across different levels and I am also a Line Manager which means I am constantly juggling. I teach sociology on HNC Social Services and politics on the UHI degree programmes. I love my teaching because the students are open to brand new ideas and looking at things from different perspectives. This is always exciting and I learn such a lot from them. I am also a Personal Academic Tutor which involves meeting students individually, supporting individuals and groups and liaising with other departments across the college and the University.
What Social Sciences employment opportunities are there for our graduates?
The social sciences courses at all levels enable students to progress onto a wide range of opportunities but also gives them the skills for any role that requires an understanding of how the world works. Our students often look for jobs in the criminal justice system, in addiction support organisations, in museums and historical societies, in journalism and in local and national politics. The skills they develop make them attractive employees for jobs that require complex and empathic decision making and critical enquiry.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Making a difference, to students, staff and the college and university as a whole.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Outside of work I love walking and gardening.
What is your favourite food/meal?
What is your favourite song?
One of my favourites is One Day Like This - Elbow
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’m a really good dancer!
If you were a super-hero, what type of powers would you have?
I’d like to be able to fly. I would also like to be able to predict the lottery numbers!
We offer social sciences qualifications to suit everyone, from NC (SCQF Level 5 and 6) to HNC and degree, you will gain a broad understanding of a range of subjects as well as transferable skills. You can also study criminology, history, Scottish history, culture & heritage, theological studies, philosophy, archaeology, psychology and literature at degree level at our campus in Elgin as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Find out more and apply.