Glasgow: World Changers Welcome


University of Glasgow Visit (June 10)
by Tiffany Kershner (North Carolina State University)

NAFA members were greeted in Glasgow by Mr. Joey Kirk, International Recruitment Manager for the Americas. Schedule for the day included several presentations, a Q&A panel with two American postgraduate students, a campus tour and short tours of the Anatomy and Hunterian Museums.

The University of Glasgow was established in 1451 and is located in Scotland’s largest city. It is also the 4th oldest English speaking university in the world. Approximately 25,000 students from 135 countries are pursuing degree programs here. Glasgow has several famous alumni including Adam Smith, James Watt and Lord Kelvin and has produced 7 Nobel Laureates. The city of Glasgow is quite affordable for students with accommodations averaging $680 a month.

The university is very strong in research productivity and has close connections with industry. For our first presentation we heard from Professor Miles Padgett who gave an interesting presentation on his research in the UK Quantum Technologies Programme:

We also heard from representatives from three colleges: Arts; Social Sciences; and Science and Engineering. Highlights:

College of Arts: Ms. Heather Murphy, Recruitment and Conversion Marketing Manager

Over 60 postgraduate degrees in 20 different subject areas. Interesting degree programs include Dress & Textile Histories; Film Curation; Textile Conservation (2 year program); Sonic Arts; and Creative Industries & Cultural Policy.

College of Social Sciences: Dr. Dickson Copsey, College Employability Officer

In this presentation we learned about Glasgow’s Employability Support Services including two programs for postgraduate students: Graduate Skills Programme and Graduate Performance Management Programme:

College of Science & Engineering: Dr. David Forrest, PGT Convener from Geography and Earth Sciences

This College has 7 schools, 340 academic staff, 500 PGT students and 600 PGR students. Their MRes in Human Geography: Spaces, Politics & Ecologies is highly ranked and faculty specialize in interesting research areas such as Drone Geopolitics and the Geography of Missing People. The Veterinary College is also highly ranked and many American students enroll there.

Q&A with Students

Angela Esposito (Rutgers) pursuing a DPhil in Media & Cultural Policy

Marina Burka (Penn State): Fulbright student grant recipient pursuing a MRes in Human Geography

Both students were happy with their programs and the mentoring they are receiving from Glasgow faculty.



The group toured the Anatomy Museum which had a rather interesting collection. We then visited the Hunterian Museum. The Hunterian is one of the world’s leading university museums. The Hunterian holds 1.5 million objects and specimens, including scientific apparatus used by James Watt and Lord Kelvin; major earth and life sciences holdings; and extensive collections of European and Scottish art:

The day concluded with a drinks reception. After many days on the move, we were all looking forward to our day “off” on Saturday.

For more information on the University of Glasgow please visit their homepage:

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Author: uknafa2016

We are members of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors touring institutions of higher education in the United Kingdom in order to better advise high-achieving students in the United States who wish to pursue graduate degrees in the UK.

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