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SCLD welcomes Matthew our Evidence & Policy Intern!

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Our newest member of the SCLD team, Evidence & Policy Intern, Matthew, introduces himself and tells us what it has been like to start a new job from your own home…

“My name is Matthew Muirhead and I am the new Evidence and Policy intern here at SCLD. I’m originally from Falkirk and I studied at the University of Glasgow, where I obtained a Master of Arts (MA) in Politics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Political Communication. I have previously volunteered with CVS Falkirk, however this internship with SCLD is the first time I have been in paid employment.

I have a wide range of hobbies including reading both fiction and non-fiction, film, video games, concert going, theatre, museums and art galleries. I love to travel and am a keen quizzer, taking part in a regular pub quiz, albeit virtually for now!

I am extremely interested in SCLD’s work and believe that it has an essential role in improving the lives of those with learning disabilities in Scotland. I was drawn to the position of Evidence and Policy Intern, as I am interested in the role which SCLD plays in scrutinising and influencing government policy, particularly as my previous experience is in the study of politics.

“I am interested in the role which SCLD plays in scrutinising and influencing government policy…” 

Starting a new job during the COVID-19 lockdown has been a strange experience, especially with it being my first job! It has taken me a bit of time to get up and running with my workspace and the IT equipment. It was a bit daunting being introduced to all my new colleagues purely through my computer screen, however I have found everyone to be friendly, understanding, and extremely helpful. In terms of the upsides of working from home – the opportunity will help to give me valuable experience of being able to work flexibly. On a more personal note, another upside for me is the fact that I don’t have to make the commute into Glasgow while working at home. Hopefully, in time, when the current crisis comes to an end, I will have a chance to introduce myself in person in the office.

“Hopefully… when the current crisis comes to an end, I will have a chance to introduce myself in person in the office.” 

During my time at SCLD I am looking forward to getting to know my new colleagues and gaining firsthand experience of working as part of a team. I also look forward to playing an active role in making the lives of those with learning disabilities in Scotland better.”

Matthew Muirhead
Evidence & Policy Intern, SCLD