Douglas Smart


Postgraduate Safety and Risk Management Student


Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I found out about this course from my NEBOSH Certificate course provider back in 2015. I always knew that Strathclyde had an excellent reputation for study, and the course I selected realised my needs both on a professional and personal level. 

What do you enjoy most about you course?

What attracted me to this means of study was not only removing the stress of end of term exams, but also meant that I could study in my own time. The fact that there was a timetable for assignment and activity submissions ensured that I did not fall behind with my studies and meant that I would complete the course on time. Also there is an excellent team of tutors and administration staff who have been very supportive.

 What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study at your course?

For me the two most important things to completing a distance learning course are firstly having the drive to see it through to its fruition. Focusing on the feeling of completing the course and graduating along with the prospective work opportunities that having this qualification will evoke.

Secondly, thus far, having completed my PGCert and in nearly completing my PGDip, having an excellent tutor is also very important, and both of mine have assisted me well through our my learning process.  

 What specialist knowledge / professional skills have you developed studying your course?

I have gained a great deal of knowledge in safety and risk management which I hope to translate across to my workplace.  I now have a far better understanding of ergonomics for example and how I can assist staff in conducting a DSE assessment not only for staff sitting at a desk, but also in our workshop environment.

How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?

This course is furthering my career, and my understanding in safety is now far greater. I know have a better grasp of safety legislation as well as risk, and can much more clearly anticipate the potential of danger in the workplace and take mitigating steps before the potential creates harm.  

 What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?

It is my ambition to become a full time Health and safety practitioner with an interest in the safety auditing of other companies and perhaps assist in improvements in safety legislation once my experience grows. I also plan to become a Chartered member of IOSH in the near future to further my qualifications, and in completing this course, will assist in achieving that goal.