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Kirsteen Macleod, Harvard graduate.Some examples of the subjects for which the Trust has made grants to individuals in the past year or so –
  • an internship at the Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • an MSc in Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • the Opera course, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • year of postgraduate study (clarinet) at Conservatoire National de Region, Marseille
  • participation in Transitions Dance Company (Laban Dance Conservatoire, London)
  • publication of a translation of ‘Cáin Adomnáin’ (Scotland's oldest legal text, the 'Law of the Innocents' or Cain Adomnáin, promulgated in AD 697, for the protection of non-combatants)
  • Professional Music Diploma, Berklee College of Music, Boston
  • an LLM at Humboldt University, Berlin
  • the Professional Printer Training Programme, Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico
  • an MSc in Wild Animal Biology, Royal Veterinary College

At the end of their courses or projects, award-holders submit a report to the Trust on how the grant has been useful to them. Below are some extracts from recent reports –

‘I have now completed my MFA. The MFA thesis show was a great success. I made connections with some galleries in the US and I am going to be having a show in Chicago in the near future. I am now back in Scotland, and my plans are to continue with both my painting and teaching practises. Thank you very much for your support in helping me complete my studies in Chicago. I made some life long friends and had some wonderful experiences and I am very grateful for this.’

(MFA graduate, School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

‘I have now attended three conferences – and presented a different paper at each one, on the Scotichronicon, the Wallace, and Thomas the Rhymer. I was very nervous about presenting my work, assuming that what I had to say might not be well received. I could not have been more wrong – at the first conference alone, I was invited to present papers at three more conferences. These conferences – that I could not have attended without SIET's help – have reignited my passion for my work, and my determination to pursue an academic career.

(DPhil student, University of Oxford)

‘My second semester was the most challenging academically, but for that reason was also rewarding. My 20,000 word thesis – the product of 9 months of intense reading, thinking and writing – pushed me hard in the end. I am however delighted with the end product and, on the advice of my supervisor, am currently seeking to have it published. I did well in my other classes too (a mixture of legal philosophy and human rights); well enough to graduate with an A average for the year.’

(LLM graduate, Harvard Law School)

‘… Also, I received some really good news last week that I have been selected again for the semi-final of the Montreux Jazz Festival – Shure Vocal Competition in Switzerland. I am absolutely delighted at this news and am fortunate to be the only UK entrant to make the final 12 of this worldwide event.’

(Professional Music Diploma student, Berklee College of Music, Boston)

‘Harvard’s School of Public Health has equipped me with essential knowledge and skills to advance in my career and be an effective advocate for improving child health. I returned home in June… The contribution by SIET towards my tuition fees was crucial in allowing me to be able to finance this year… I commence a four year training scheme in Public Health with the NHS at the beginning of August and will graduate from this scheme in 2012 as a Consultant in Public Health’

(Master’s in Public Health graduate, Harvard University)

‘… the residency was extremely productive. In addition to completing a substantial work whilst there, I was able to gain a valuable insight into the vibrant Stockholm arts scene, which regards electroacoustic, sound art and contemporary classical music on the same level as visual arts. By attending a number of concerts I was able to gather new ideas for my composition and research. In particular, being able to attend Stockholm New Music allowed me to experience rare performances of contemporary works and a variety of installation works that could only be found in Sweden.’

(Student, Composer Residency at Institute for Electroacoustic Music, Stockholm)

‘I have benefited enormously from my time at the RCM and I feel that I have now gained the skills and experience to make a successful career in music. None of this would have been possible without the continued and generous support of the Scottish International Education trust and for this I am very grateful.’

(Artist Diploma (Saxophone), Royal College of Music, London)


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