Heritage Studies Graduate - Sarah Malone
I was initially attracted to the Heritage Studies course because of the History and Archaeology modules offered. However, as my studies progressed I became increasingly interested in the ecology aspect of the programme. A third year project on cutaway bog habitats enabled me to gain invaluable work experience surveying peatland habitats in Ireland’s newest National Park at Ballycroy, Co. Mayo.
I really enjoyed my time studying at GMIT Mayo Campus. The small class numbers meant that lecturers were able to give each student a lot of attention.
After completing my honours degree in Heritage Studies, I gained employment working in the Heritage and Planning Section of the Department of the Environment.
I subsequently found employment as a conservation officer for the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC), who are based at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre in Co. Kildare. The IPCC are a peatland charity aimed at preserving a representative sample of Irish peatlands for future generations. As a conservation officer I was responsible for all policy and advocacy of the IPCC.
Sarah completed a Masters in Heritage Management in Newcastle and now works as Heritage Officer for the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust in Scotland.