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Meet our new postgraduate writers!

Meet our new postgraduate writers!

We are delighted to welcome our new postgraduate writers, who along with our existing undergraduate writers will be sharing their experiences and thoughts on the things that matter to them. Meet the new members of our team! 

Welcome to the Students at SPS blog!  


Our team of SPS student writers will be sharing their experiences and thoughts on the things that matter to them. From writing your first assignment, to what to do in Edinburgh at the weekend, living away from home, hybrid learning, living sustainably and more. 


Meet our new postgraduate writers:


Subject: MSc International Development

Photo of Jess

Hey everyone! My name is Jess, I’m 22, and I’m doing a masters in International Development! I’m originally from Birmingham in the West Midlands and this is my first year in Edinburgh.

Aside from studying, I enjoy exploring Edinburgh, including the many cafes, pubs and bookshops it has to offer. I’m also a keen swimmer and football fan. I’m a copyeditor for the student newspaper at Edinburgh (The Student) which has been great fun and I’ve met lots of amazing people through it.

I completed my undergraduate degree in history in 2021 and threw myself straight into a postgraduate degree. I am excited to share my experiences of moving to Edinburgh and what life as a master’s student is like!



Subject: MSc International Development

Photo of Ariane

Hi everyone! My name is Ariane, I’m 22 and I’m doing a one-year Master’s in International Development at the University of Edinburgh. I moved to Edinburgh at the beginning of this academic year. Before coming to Edinburgh, I completed my undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts at Durham University. I’m British, but my parents moved to Geneva when I was in High School, so I consider both Switzerland and the UK to be my homes.

I love long walks, running, cycling, hanging out with friends, and drinking lots and lots of coffee, so expect any articles that I write to include at least some of those things. I’m also passionate about global justice issues; I have a particular interest in work combatting modern day slavery and violence.

I’m excited to write some different blog posts as I continue to settle into Edinburgh and to let you all know some of my top tips for University life up here!



Subject: MSc International Development

Photo of Mallory

Hello everyone! I’m Mallory, a postgraduate student from the United States studying an MSc in International Development. I first visited Edinburgh as a tourist in 2017, and after falling in love with the city then, I made the commitment to return one day.

When the pandemic interrupted my career, I saw the pause as an opportunity to fulfil this commitment and further my education. It is still surreal that I now call this city my home and live in a lovely apartment with my husband, just outside the centre.

Although my on-campus jobs and studies keep me busy, I love exploring new neighbourhood markets, brunch spots, and cosy cafés in my free time. I am excited to share my favourite places and experiences in my blog posts alongside some tips and tricks on how to navigate postgraduate life in Edinburgh. It can be overwhelming at times, and I hope these posts help.


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