Elspeth Jackson: Urban Planning and Property Development BSc
Elspeth is from St. Boswells in Scotland. She is studying Urban Planning and Property Development in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society.
What appealed to you most about Heriot-Watt University?
What appealed to me the most is that the programme is dual accredited which gave me more options upon graduating and I like the freedom of being able to decide at the end which path I would like to pursue. The programme is the best in Scotland, which was a major advantage alongside being extremely practical and how interdisciplinary the coursework is. I loved the idea of studying on campus and being part of a community.
Do you feel your degree has prepared you well for a career?
Yes, especially with having so many guest speakers coming in to share their knowledge and experience to give you an insight into the role you play in the job. The courses are practical and allow you to see the type of activities you will be involved with in the future.
Has your degree programme helped you develop links with industry?
Most definitely. The programme has a number of external speakers who come in from the very beginning. The course leaders are always making us aware of external social networking events for both planners and surveyors. In third year there is an external mentoring programme whereby professionals from the industry meet you and are there to provide advice and share their experience, which has been extremely helpful indeed.
What would you say to prospective students considering studying at Heriot-Watt?
Edinburgh is a great city to study and the campus is beautiful. This programme is diverse and gives an in depth overview of the whole property sector which is invaluable in the work place.