Read about some of the experiences of our previous research students to get a flavour of what life is like as a researcher at the University of Cumbria.
Melanie Clapham, PhD Conservation Biology
Melanie, from Chorley, Lancashire, had studied Animal Conservation Science with the University of Cumbria, developing a passion for wildlife. It was an easy decision therefore to choose the University of Cumbria for her PhD in Conservation Biology.
She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She has a two-year postdoctorate research project, for which she is responsible for all aspects of data collection, analysis and publication of results.
“I loved the fact that the lecturers worked on research projects internationally within the field of conservation, which was really inspiring and opened my eyes to what was possible.
“As a postgrad you are much more responsible for your own learning, it’s up to you, you have to put the time in but you also reap the rewards if you do. Postgrad study sets you up for a career in your chosen industry.
“It totally changed my life in a way in which I never thought possible. I am now working in another country where I get to spend half of my year in the back country of British Columbia studying brown bears and the other half at an inspiring university.
“I knew I wanted to work with wildlife, preferably large carnivores, but I never imagined that I would be working at this level so soon.”