Sandy Davidson graduated this year with a BSc (Hons) in Forest Management in 2019/20. He now works for Scottish Forestry.
Sandy (25), from North Uist, moved to Inverness to study at the Scottish School of Forestry. He was interested in conservation so enrolled on our Conservation Skills course before progressing onto our HND in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, and then Forest Management.
Sandy said: “I liked the teaching style and friendly, close-knit community at the Scottish School of Forestry. Having left school with no Higher qualifications, I was limited in my choice of course. The further education courses at the Scottish School of Forestry caught my attention and the progression route through to degree level was a welcome bonus. I started with an interest in studying conservation and soon realised the world of forestry, sustainability and conservation are closely linked.
“The practical focus of the teaching at SSF is fantastic and coupled with knowledgeable and experienced lectures means the course actually prepares students for work in the industry. The numerous field trips were also excellent. The level of support and teaching available from the staff at SSF is fantastic. The class sizes are small and informal discussions and questions are always welcomed and encouraged which makes for a fantastic teaching environment. The lecturers are friendly and approachable and always seem happy to help.
Sandy worked as an assistant woodland officer with Scottish Forestry in his final year and now works full-time for the Scottish Government agency in the Perth and Argyll Conservancy.