I’m from the Isle of Skye, but am currently living in Glasgow in order to study Literature and Politics at Glasgow University. I’m now in my final year, and am completing my dissertation alongside a research scholarship on narratives of refugees.
Back in 2012 I became the first woman to be awarded a full flying scholarship from the RAF Association, and completed pilot training before going on to serve as a Reservist during the first year of University. This was the year of the independence referendum, and I joined a voter registration project called SYPeers run by the Scottish Youth Parliament to encourage young people to vote in the referendum. It was through this that I discovered the value of having young voices in political decisions, and discovered that I loved designing and running workshops, and moved away from my military work.
I’m passionate about intercultural exchange and learning, and am a keen traveller, having completed four solo trips around Europe, South America, South East Asia and, most recently, India and Sri Lanka. I fully believe in dialogue as a means to resolving conflict, and understanding the narratives that underpin identities and emotions,and have recently returning from an experiential learning trip with The Olive Tree Initiative, where I spent three weeks researching and learning in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I also took part in a delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina with the charity Remembering Srebrenica in June this year, an experience which highlighted how crucial the importance of intercultural understanding and communication is, and made me even more determined to work towards them.
I am currently on the Advisory Board for the Young Women’s Movement, and am an advisor for the project ‘Here To Stay?’, an ESRC funded project looking at post-Brexit identities in young people from Eastern European countries. I am now a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, having stood for election in 2015, and am convener of the External Affairs Committee. Through this role I have worked on the refugee crisis, sustainability and Brexit.
I wish to see young people fully included in any political decision-making, both at a national and international level, and to see youth-led initiatives to promote intercultural understanding and tolerance all across Europe.