Alumni Services

November 2018

Catch up with five postgraduate alumni from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Postgraduate arts alumni

This month we highlight masters and doctoral alumni from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who draw on their education in different ways.

Postgraduate study has helped Sinclair Bell, Carrie Ida Edinger and Marília Pavão to develop careers in academia, art practice and teaching that are closely aligned to their subjects.  Likewise, Rachel Wood uses the the skills gained through studying creative writing in running her own subscription book club.

In contrast, Peter Symms undertook two research degrees in Scottish history not for professional interests, which lay elsewhere, but purely for the love of the subject.

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Rachel Wood

Rachel Wood

2011 Creative Writing graduate Rachel Wood started Rare Birds Book Club - a book subscription service and online book club that focuses on women writers and protagonists.

Read Rachel Wood's profile.

I found something that's exactly in my element. I'm reading all the time and recommending books I really love to people, and surrounded by others who love reading and writing, too.

Rachel Wood

Sinclair Bell

Sinclair Bell

An expert in the archaeology and art history of the Greek and Roman world, PhD alumnus Sinclair Bell tells us how he's reaching out to new audiences through a TV documentary.

Read Sinclair Bell's profile.

I found Edinburgh to be a vibrant community of scholars, with an especially active research culture in Classics.

Sinclair Bell

Carrie Ida Edinger

Carrie Edinger

Wanting to expand her studio art practice, Carrie Ida Edinger settled on an MA at Edinburgh College of Art, where the wealth of nearby cultural institutions and art venues offered her rich sources of inspiration.

Read Carrie Ida Edinger's profile.


A few of the disciplines I have borrowed from are material culture, curatorial methods, and the social sciences.

Carrie Ida Edinger

Peter Symms

Dr Peter Symms

A passion for Scottish history led Dr Peter Symms to study for a PhD at Edinburgh in the 1980s, followed by an MSc (Research) two decades later.

Read Peter Symms' profile.

My academic life arose from my life-long interest in history. I would of course argue that the study of history is of great relevance to the study of everything else, but I would say that, wouldn’t I?

Peter Symms

Marília Pavão

Marília Pavão

Edinburgh's seaside location reminded Marília Pavão of home in the Azores archipelago. She tells us how her studies at Moray House have shaped her teaching practice.

Read Marília Pavão's profile.

All that I learned in Moray House and in Scotland has been invaluable for me, because it broadened my horizons and changed the way I teach and the way I see teaching and the world around me.

Marília Pavão

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