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Mark Cathcart


1. Please tell us the degree(s) you studied and result(s) achieved?

Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons), First class (2007).
Financial Mathematics MSc, Distinction (2008).
(Later got a PhD in Financial Mathematics from another institution).

2. Please list all your achievements with the EUAFC (trophies won, goals scored, league positions, international caps, individual awards, Blues etc)?

East of Scotland League Cup Winner 2005.
East of Scotland King Cup Winner 2007.
Six seasons in the East of Scotland Premier Division,
including finishing in second place in 2008.
Represented Scottish Universities Select and won first-team players’
player of the year and newcomer of the year awards.

3. Why did you choose to study at Edinburgh University?

It is an institution with a strong academic reputation and growing up in Edinburgh I knew that it was a great city in which to live.

4. What part did the EUAFC play in your experience of University?

Playing for EUAFC gave me the opportunity to meet many great friends from a wide range of backgrounds and courses. It also gave me the chance to enjoy my time away from studying continuing to play football at a high level.

5. Why did you enjoy playing football for EUAFC?

It provided a great work-life counter balance to the academic demands of my course and gave me the opportunity to continue to develop at football too. The social aspects of the club are also fantastic and many friendships made during my time at the club continue through to today.

6. What enabled you to be successful on the pitch & at the same time academically? Was there any effect on your studies?

I believe training/playing gives you a great way to take a break from studying and can actually be advantageous to one’s academic performance. Naturally, there are times in the year when it is demanding both playing football whilst meeting deadlines/studying for exams, but in my experience most players at EUAFC managed their time well enough to achieve both in terms of football and in their degree.

7. Would you consider your time at University a success, why?

Yes. I played football at a competitive level, winning a few trophies along the way; I made many good friends during my time at the club and managed to leave university with some great qualifications.

8. What are you doing currently? Did you develop any skills while at the EUAFC that have an impact on your working life?

I currently work as a quantitative analyst with a large, long-term savings company in Edinburgh. Many of the skills learned at EUAFC are useful in my working life, including team work, organisation, self-discipline and time-management.

9. Why would you recommend joining EUAFC to new students?

It is a great way to meet some great friends and continue to play football at a competitive level whilst working toward your degree. Furthermore, I believe football provides a great way to have time away from studying and that this can actually prove beneficial in terms of academic performance.

10. We know you have a strong bond with the Football Club. Please finish the sentence/paragraph in any way that suits you;

EUAFC is…

a great club in which to develop socially, academically and, most importantly, as a person… all whilst having the time of your life.