Aaron Goddard


Adventure Tourism Management BA (Hons)

Arran Goddard

I grew up in the city of Edinburgh. During high school I wasn’t sure what path I wanted to take but when I was 16, I successfully completed an 140km Arctic expedition with a charity called The Polar Academy which changed my life. This showed me the path to an outdoor career.  

I was told at school that my qualifications weren’t enough for university. I have Dyslexia and Dysgraphia, so I found school difficult but that didn’t stop me. I started with NQ Outdoor Leadership which was like a stepping stone and then progressed to study BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management. 

I choose this degree because of my love of the outdoors but I was also aware that the outdoor and tourism industry is growing rapidly offering different career possibilities including getting the knowledge to potentially open up my own business. 

It’s great to have a university department where the students, from all backgrounds, share the same passion. You can learn so much from the lecturers and guides and sports clubs which will help you in the future. Fort William is a great place for outdoor activities. After my degree, I plan to train with The Polar Academy to become a full time Arctic Guide and eventually start up my own business.