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MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate - student profiles

Henry James

2016-17

Graduated with Distinction

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First Degree: Physical geography

First job after graduating: Environmental Consultant

What were your first impressions of the University and highlights?

Being a campus university, the university is a hub of activity and a great place to both study and socialise. From the start, there are opportunities to get involved with societies and sports club, and I decided to get involved with the university's cricket club, which gave me several highlights throughout the year. The first week of the course provided a welcome introduction to the course, new surroundings and course mates which was a great way to ease into life at Warwick.

What was the best thing about your course and Warwick?

The best thing about the course was that all lecturers talk from a wealth of professional and academic experience and remain at the forefront of research in their respective fields.

The degree refined a large number of transferable skills that have been important in the work place. The regular deadlines refined my organisational and time management skills, whilst developing my ability to use both written and numeric data to support arguments. Above all else, this course and its material gave me the opportunity to discuss the challenges associated with increasing demand on agricultural land for food production and how these challenges may be overcome. In being able to freely discuss the courses material with each other in class, it lead to both new thoughts of thinking whilst also reaffirming my enthusiasm for wanting to work within the environmental sector in some capacity.

The job involves working on various types of civil engineering projects and addressing their impact upon a variety of environmental issues such as; air, land and water contamination, flood risk, waste management and recycling.

Do you have any useful information for prospective students?

The 'Elizabeth Creek Trust Fund' generously funds several scholarships to help MSc students undertaking this course, by paying towards a significant portion of their tution fees.

Carlie Evans

2016-2017

Graduated with Merit

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First Degree: Animal Science and Health

First job after graduating: Terrestrial Biodiversity Advisor for Natural England

What were your first impressions of the University and highlights?

The first day of the course was very relaxed, you get to know your fellow students, have tours around the campus and meet a few of your lecturers. The highlight of my time at Warwick was having the opportunity to undertake a three month placement at the Canal and River Trust. This provided me with invaluable industry experience that has significantly benefitted my CV. The time that I spent at the Trust allowed me to communicate with multiple organisations whilst working on ecological management plans, and provided me with contacts that are helpful to offer opportunities of future employment.

What was the best thing about your course and Warwick?

The degree has a very diverse stance, and the coursework can be tailored to topics of your personal interest. The university offers you the freedom to investigate topics that you have a passion for, which also allowed for me to learn about a range of environmental issues that other students were researching, and were not within the syllabus.

Julia Denham

2009 - 2010

Graduated with Distinction

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First Degree: Biology

First job after graduating: Sustainability Analyst, Molson Coors Brewing (UK) Ltd. Now the Global Sustainability Manager at Molson Coors.

What was the best thing about the MSc?

Learning about the latest thinking on food and framing sustainability. Also becoming friends with people from all around the world. I liked the small class sizes and the engaging lecturers."

What have you gained from your time at Warwick?

As well as friends and a network for life, I gained the ability to understand and work to implement solutions to our sustainability problems."

Did the MSc help you gain the job you have now?

I started working for Molson Coors while I was still completing my MSc project. My role was using skills I developed during my course in sustainability accounting. I was lucky to be able to support Moldson Coors in developing its first sustainability strategy and to grow my role while I was working there. I am now their Global Sustainability Manager.

With a love for learning I am also studying for the One Planet MBA”

Julia's advice for prospective students

Be ambitious to make positive change in the world in whatever subject you are taking or role you end up in.

Alice Midmer

2012 - 2013

Graduated with Distinction

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First Degree: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour

First job after graduating: Projects Coordinator at Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)

Current job: IFM Manager at LEAF Linking Environment And Farming

What was the best thing about the MSc?

The teaching during the MSc was fantastic with a wide range of interesting and passionate lectures covering the different modules. The lecturers were also great at linking their subjects to practical applications and scene setting the learning within the wider syllabus."

What have you gained from your time at Warwick?

A wide and in depth understanding of an area that is extremely topical, important and increasingly relevant in many sectors. It developed a large amount of transferable skills, including my writing skills, time management and the way I approach tasks, all of which were able to develop significantly throughout the year. Conversation with interested lecturers and fellow students throughout the year enabled ideas to develop and a real engagement with the topics throughout. And a job.”

Did the MSc help you gain the job you have now?

Yes, I am currently working at LEAF on their technical side promoting Integrated Farm Management. I carried out a placement here as part of my degree where I undertook a soils project and was offered a job after. The project gave me the opportunity to visit over 20 farms across the UK and gave a great insight into an industry I previously knew very little about. The learnings from the masters gave a solid academic background and the work on my placement allowed me to put this to use in a practical setting.”

Eleanor King

Eleanor King

2011 - 2012

Current job: Environmental Consultant at Jacobs

What did you enjoy about the course?

The taught section of the MSc Environmental Biosciences in a Changing Climate course provided an interesting array of core modules, with the option to choose additional modules of interest to you. These were taught by staff with lots of enthusiasm for their subject and I particularly enjoyed guest lectures from people who are currently working within the industry. There is a range of learning techniques, from lectures and class discussions, to conferences and lab work.
My project was calculating the carbon footprint for West Midland Safari Park. I particularly enjoyed taking ownership of this project and working closely with a company and its employees. I have found that the skills gained from this project have been vital in my new career.

What was your first job after graduating?

I wasworking at SKM Enviros as a Graduate EIA Consultant. SKM Enviros is an environmental consultancy providing services in water, the environment, sustainability and health and safety. I was primarily based within the power sector, supporting on Environmental Impact Assessments and the production Environmental Statements for a variety of renewable energy projects. The nature of EIA has allowed me to get involved in a range of technical disciplines, from ecology to socio-economics.

 Harry Smith

Harry Smith

2011-2012

What did you like about your course?

The MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate course provided me with a great range of subjects to study - from biodiversity to microbes in extreme environments. Each module was taught by engaging staff with expertise in the subject area.
I particularly enjoyed the variety of learning; each module was taught through lectures, presentations, class debates and field studies. Lectures were informative and the field studies and outings helped to put the subject material into real-life context. Presenting research material to my classmates throughout the course has improved my ability to critically analyse and present in an informative manner, as well as increasing my confidence to stand and talk to large groups!

Where are you now?

I am now working at Solar Power Generation LTD, a renewable energy company based in Somerset. SPGL primarily operate large scale solar parks on low quality agricultural land. My job as Commercial Targeting Manager is to assess the suitability of land to act as a site for renewable generation. Included in this assessment are environmental impact surveys. The MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate course has enabled me to evaluate the consequences of developing agricultural land and to appreciate the importance of biodiversity and robust land management practices. For more information visit www.britishrenewables.com

Kate

Kate Evangeli

2010 - 2011

Current job: Programme Manager at London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

What did you like about your course?

The first half of the year was broad enough to introduce many topics of environmental biosciences. It was taught by people with a real passion for their subjects. In the second half of the year, for the project there was the opportunity to research exactly what I was interested in.

What did you do after graduating?

I did an internship with ClientEarth who founded the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC). The SSC works with businesses and seafood industry representatives to develop voluntary codes of practice with the aim that all the seafood sold in the UK will come from sustainable sources. For further information on ClientEarth see www.clientearth.org