David Crighton, Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Postgraduate Study at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Queen Margaret University

David Crighton from Glasgow is studying the MPA part-time over two years. He has over 30 years experience of working in various roles in local government and is currently working as Roads & Land Services Manager with Stirling Council. He has always enjoyed working in the public service, especially within an operational capacity. Presently, he works towards improving and enhancing the public spaces that are so important to people for health and wellbeing, as well as recreational use and leisure activities. He has a high degree of job satisfaction in the services he manages and the impact they have in improving the quality of life for those that live, work or visit Stirling and its communities.

He said: “After undertaking various work-based learning and training programmes, I started to develop an interest in management and leadership, preparing for my future career aspirations. I undertook a HNC in Management then a Diploma in Leadership & Management. The next natural step was an MBA and I had identified this aspiration within my personal development plan. However, Stirling Council provided me with information on the MPA at QMU and I noticed it aligned more directly to my work in the public sector.

“Through the MPA, I’m looking to gain a greater knowledge of public administration and to be challenged academically. I’m working full-time and attend the course on a part-time basis, so I do find it difficult at times to manage my work and learning commitments along with my family life. However, there is support amongst my cohort and there are also academic support classes provided at the outset of the course. This has been invaluable to myself having never attended university before. I think the MPA will help continue my own personal development and ultimate goal of obtaining a PG qualification.”