Rory Dunlop - Modern Apprentice
The University participates in the Modern Apprentice programme that allows over 16s to take on paid employment that offers industry-recognised training on the job. Rory Dunlop is a Modern Apprentice in the School of Divinity's marketing team.
Before working at the University of Edinburgh, I was at high school for six years. Once I finished my studies, I decided to go straight into work as I wanted to focus my time on a career instead of studying. I had had S3 work experience at a local newspaper and I was interested in video editing and creative fields. This led me to decide that I would like to work in marketing.
I currently work as a Marketing and Communications Assistant (through the Modern Apprentice programme) in the School of Divinity. I do filming, video editing, social media, updating webpages, managing the digital screen and much more. I also set up 'What’s on', the School’s daily events calendar, and have a blog, 'New to New College'.
My apprenticeship requires me to complete a variety of different Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) units relating to marketing, the business environment and collaborative technology. I work with academics and professional support staff in the School and across the University on a regular basis. I have met distinguished businessman and philanthropist Bob Funk, Dean of the Chapel Royal, Professor David Fergusson, and the first female Head of Divinity, Professor Helen Bond. Currently my biggest project is the production, filming and editing of a series a videos promoting our Masters programmes including our new MSc Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations with Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla.
Something I know...
A big misconception about the School of Divinity is that we ‘just’ train ministers. Yes, we have a BD in Divinity qualification, but also Religious Studies and English/Scottish Literature, Philosophy and Theology, Divinity and Classics. Popular options range from Atheism, Humanism and Non-Religion to Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding, and Controversies in Islam.
Modern Apprenticeships (external)