Class of 2016
I volunteered at a local zoo and fell in love with animal conservation, so I took a level 3 course in Animal Management and continued onto uni from there.
There is nowhere else I would rather be and no better place to study conservation than the heart of the Lake District. The tutors have a huge range of knowledge and experience that they are happy to share.
It covers everything I wanted to learn and offered optional modules that would allow me to specialise in the areas that interest me. I also liked that we had the opportunity to travel to the Gambia as part of the course.
I learn new things every week and I am surrounded by like-minded people who are all passionate about conservation.
The Applied Field Studies trip to the Gambia was fantastic. Having the chance to do real research in such an amazing place was exciting and humbling. Lots of fun too!
All the staff have been great, but my course leader, Volker Deecke, really makes the effort to get to know the students and provide advice and opportunities specific to our interests and goals. Sara Iversen, a PhD student has also helped me a lot with my dissertation work – spending ages in the lab with me and calming me down when I start to panic!
My dissertation gave me the chance to visit the Scottish Hebrides and Highlands and collect my own research data.
I’ve been to some great talks and conferences and met loads of lovely people who work in conservation. I have been supported in founding and running the Conservation Society along with Freya Brodie-Stedman and I’ve been part of the uni’s team in the first annual University Moth Challenge, which has been fun! My dissertation gave me the chance to visit the Scottish Hebrides and Highlands and collect my own research data.
I have discovered passions I didn’t know I had and I feel like I know what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Absolutely! I have met some great people here and I’m sure we will stay friends after uni finishes.
David Attenborough. He could make anything interesting and I’d love to hear about some of his experiences.
Somewhere you can develop as an individual and feel connected to your chosen subject. For me, that has been Cumbria.
Enjoy every day because it goes by so quickly, say yes to every opportunity and always carry a butterfly net!
The people. We have gone through a lot together and I’ll miss seeing them every week.
My dissertation. Completing a research project from start to finish (almost!) has been a wonderful, terrifying experience and I’m proud of everyone who has done it.
I’d like to be involved in research. I definitely want to work with insects, the creepier the better!