Staff Profiles

A Welcome from the IFSA-Butler Scotland Office!...»
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Ruth Casey
 
Resident Director, Scotland Programs
 
IFSA-Butler Scotland
Scotland Office
 

Bio
I graduated from University College Cork with a BA (Hons) degree followed by a Masters in Business Management and Marketing. A lover of languages, I studied French, Irish and Spanish at undergraduate level which afforded me many opportunities to both live and during the summer months, work abroad.

Life away from the office is filled with lots of sport: long distance running, hill walking, skiing, tennis, swimming and badminton. I love to travel to far flung and exotic destinations including Indonesia and the Maldives. I am also involved in charity work whose aim is to heighten awareness of ovarian cancer. I established the IFSA-Butler Scotland office in August 1999 and have been welcoming students ever since. I look forward to working with you and hope that my dynamic team and I can assist in easing you into your new environment and help make your experience in Scotland a memorable one!

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Deirdra McCourt
 
Programme Coordinator & Student Welfare Assistant, Scotland Programs
 
IFSA-Butler Scotland
Scotland Office
 

Bio
I graduated from St. Andrews University with an M.A. (Hons) degree in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. I am originally from Ireland and so you could say that the decision to study in Scotland was a whole four years abroad for me!

I loved my time at the University of St. Andrews and often return on visits. I spend my free time cooking, reading and travelling throughout Scotland and the rest of the world! I hope that you all enjoy your time here in Scotland and that we can help you make the most of your time here.

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Laura Williamson
 
Programme Coordinator, Scotland Programs
 
IFSA-Butler Scotland
Scotland Office
 

Bio
I graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science followed by a Masters in Business Management and Marketing. Following my graduation I have been involved in the planning of several international events ranging from helping international students learn about Scotland to organizing a Highland games event for 100 people from the Middle East.

In my spare time I like to play hockey and netball as well as occasionally getting involved in volunteering for the Sick Kids and Brownies here in Edinburgh. One of my greatest passions in life is travelling. I have been fortunate enough to see quite a bit of the world so meeting people from places I have yet to discover is always fascinating!

I look forward to welcoming you to Scotland and sharing my experience of studying here with you and hope that you enjoy it as much as I have!

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Jolly Kwan
 
Programme Coordinator, Scotland Programs
 
IFSA-Butler Scotland
Scotland Office
 

Bio
I graduated from the University of Dundee with a M.A. (Hons) degree in Psychology, followed by a postgraduate qualification in Human Resource Management (CIPD). Since graduating I have worked in various support roles at the University of Dundee including marketing and communications, student administration and international student support.

Originally from Hong Kong, I studied abroad in the north of Scotland from a young age. I loved it so much that I continued my Higher Education here and fulfilled my desire to call Edinburgh my home! I love to travel and enjoy spending quality time with my loved ones. I look forward to welcoming you to Scotland and supporting you to make your time here an unforgettable and unique experience!

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A warm welcome to IFSA-Butler Scotland! We are delighted that you are considering or have already chosen Scotland as your study abroad destination, a wise choice given that Scotland has been a world leader in education for more than 500 years, boasting some of the oldest universities in the world and ranked amongst the best in the U.K.

Scotland is not just about bagpipes, shortbread and tartan. From the rugged and dramatic mountains of the Highlands to the ancient, seaside home of golf at St. Andrews, to the historic and picturesque location of Stirling to the buzz of Edinburgh and Glasgow, there is much to explore and learn.

We look forward to welcoming you and helping you as you immerse yourself into Scottish life. Remember that throughout your stay, you can draw upon our academic, pastoral and emergency resources and enjoy the exciting social events and weekend trips we have lined up for you.

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