Blair Lockwood
Subjects Studied:
Standard Grade - Craft and Design, Graph Comm, Maths, English, Physics, Geography, French, PE
Higher - Graph Comm, Product Design, Physics, PE, Maths, English
AdvH - Graph Comm
Took one year after school to get another higher and work before going to Glasgow University to study technical education. After achieving a 2:1 I moved back to the Highlands to do my probation year. I'm now in my third year of teaching and working at the Inverness Royal Academy in the CDT department.
Caitlin Macpherson
Subjects Studied:
French, Spanish, English, Maths, Biology, Music, Business, Modern Studies, Geography
I studied Business and Marketing then went into the Marketing industry in the Highlands briefly before then training to become a Secondary Teacher and now work full time teaching Business Education at a Highland Council secondary school.
Kate Ward
Subjects Studied:
Standard Grade: English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Tech Studies, French, PE, REHigher: English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics , Geography. Advanced Higher: Chemistry, Geography, Maths (which I failed)
When I left Millburn, I travelled to a remote Amerindian village in Guyana to teach science for a year (with Project Trust). As well as getting to experience a completely different way of life, I learnt to be resourceful as I only had four textbooks for over 40 students.
When I returned to Scotland, I studied Civil Engineering at the University of Strathclyde for five years. During this time I was lucky enough to study in Valencia for 6 months and I spent my summers getting work experience with an engineering company called Mott MacDonald. Once I graduated I went to work for Mott MacDonald full time, where I was involved in the design of infrastructure related to water - from projects reducing the risk of sewers flooding to the decommissioning of Dounreay Nuclear power station. I also spent one year working in Helmand Province in Afghanistan working to repair the irrigation canals that people relied on to grow food and to help train Afghan engineers to look after this infrastructure. I am now a Chartered Civil Engineer - a professional qualification that is a mark of competence above degree level.
In 2014, I took my career in a new direction, by starting a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. I worked with archaeologists and engineers to understand the water supply of Byzantine Constantinople- basically a giant 1500 year old jigsaw puzzle with lots of pieces missing and no picture on the front of the box!
I am now a lecturer at the University of Dundee, where I teach on the Graduate Apprenticeship programme, helping people study towards a degree whilst they work in the field of civil engineering.
Steven Ednie
Subjects Studied:
S3/4: Geography, PE, Biology, Physics, Graphic Communication, Craft & Design, Maths, EnglishS5/6: Maths, English, Physics, Graphic Communication, Product Design, Woodwork
Since leaving school I studied the BSC Hons Architectural Technology at UHI and after that went on to study a Post Graduate Diploma in Education at Strathclyde University in Technology Teaching.
Once I graduated I retuned to the Highland where I completed my probationary year at Fortrose Academy before Joining Millburn Academy's CDT department in 2017.
I am now in my 5th year Teaching and I am loving it!"
Emma Swatland (nee Morgan)
Subjects Studied:
S3 - Maths, English, Physics, Chemistry, History, French S5/6 - Maths, English, History, Physics
I did a Honors Degree in Energy Engineering at Napier. Then I worked at Sizewell B Nuclear Power Plant as a Commissioning Engineer. I worked at Connah's Quay Gas Fire Station in Wales as a Commisioning Engineer. I then went to Indonesia as a Warranty Engineer on a coal Powered Station.
After a career break for children I then retrained to become a Maths teacher. I taught in inner city secondary schools then went on to teach International students A-level Maths.