Peder Beck-Friis

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

First-Class MA (Honours) in Economics & Mathematics – 2011

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

I represented EUAFC’s first team in roughly 100 competitive games as a striker, scoring a total of 35 goals during a period of three academic years (2007/2008, 2008/2009, and 2010/2011), the last two of which I was also selected to play for the Scottish Universities’ National Team. As a team, the two most notable achievements included reaching the final of British Universities Championship (BUCS Cup) at Bramall Lane in 2010/2011; and reaching the third round of the Scottish Cup in 2007/2008.

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

Having grown up in Sweden, I remember developing an early desire to study in the U.K., in part to improve my English, but more importantly to meet new friends and explore new places. Edinburgh is, of course, one of the most well-known student cities in the U.K. offering first-class university education, and was hence always an appealing option to me. I’d like to think of myself as a spontaneous person who makes instinctive moves; in the end, the decision to come to Edinburgh was very much one of them.

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

In short, it played a massive role. The club provided a platform on which to meet new friends; to escape from academic worries; to play competitive football on various levels; and to travel to new places in both Scotland and England. Looking back on my university experience, my strongest memories—whether on or off the pitch—are associated with EUAFC.

5. Why did you enjoy playing football for EUAFC?

See above. As it specifically pertains to the football experience, it was very competitive and rewarding: the club offered excellent training facilities, great coaching staff, and an intense structure—with two competitive games a week—all of which made me a better footballer. I played against players who went on to play in the Premier League; and with an EAUFC player who went on to play in the SPL, and another one who later earned an international cap.

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

There are certainly common factors—such as drive, determination, and eagerness to learn—which helped boost my performance in both areas. I am, more importantly, convinced that the two are interlinked through the frequent exercise I got via EUAFC too, which allowed me to be more energetic and efficient with my academic studies.

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

Of course, people measure success differently. To me, it was important that my university experience involved meeting new friends, creating life-lasting memories, seeing new places, and obtaining a solid undergraduate degree. My time in Edinburgh exceeded my already-high expectations in all of these four areas.

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

Following the completion of my degree in 2011, I moved to New York to work for Goldman Sachs. I am now doing a doctorate degree in Economics at the University of Oxford, where I am also representing their varsity football team. In hindsight, EUAFC certainly helped develop various competencies, the most important being team-working, time-managing, and leadership skills.

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

Unless is abundantly clear by now, to summarize, it’s a no-brainer: you will meet life-lasting friends, play competitive football, perform better academically, and simply make your university experience more memorable and enjoyable. Go for it!

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 club that will always have a big part of my heart.