Centre for Lifelong LearningGenealogical Studies - A review

The tutors on the Genealogical Studies programme are accustomed to receiving positive feedback from our students, but one particular review recently published in the Autumn edition of ‘Local History News’ provided a thorough and honest appraisal of their genealogy learning journey at the University of Strathclyde.


Valerie Brenton - a student on the Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies programme, shared her thoughts and experiences on the course content, the variety of study pathways, her particular study route as well as the ups and downs of online learning.


Valerie’s journey started with her signing up to the free online MOOC ‘Genealogy: Researching your family tree’  to help develop both research skills and knowledge. Valerie said ‘I had initially looked at the Strathclyde course and decided it was too challenging, but then I completed their 6 week FutureLearn course – ‘Genealogy: Researching your family tree’. This prompted me to look again at the MSc course and, possibly feeling more confident after interacting with the tutors, I signed up for the first year’.


Valerie’s overview reviews many aspects of studying the MSc course, from the time commitment and the type of content used within the Virtual Learning Environment, to the course structure and dissertation. The level of tutor support was also mentioned…. ‘I enjoyed the variety, the pace of the learning and the support of my tutor who was always positive in her feedback….’.


To read the full article, please visit the British Association for Local History website.   

(Thank you to both Valerie Brenton and British Association for Local History).  

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