Recent university graduate Elliot Batty was one of the joint winners of the university’s Environmental Award for his final year project.
Elliot, who studied for an MEng Civil with Environmental Engineering, along with Hannah Parker, who is based at the Hastings campus and studied a BSc Biology (as part of the university’s Joint Honours Programme), were joint winners of the 2017 Summer Award. Both students received a £200 cash prize, and a certificate which were presented at their respective graduation ceremonies in July.
Now in its third year, the Environmental Award aims to promote sustainability in the curriculum by recognising innovative and inspiring environmental projects that can be put into practice.
For his final year project Elliot ‘led an investigation into the design of large woody debris dams and their effect on channel flow’. This looked at how implementing different large woody debris dams could reduce flooding.
Elliot said: “I chose to study at Brighton as it offered a combination of civil with environmental engineering, so my focus at university has always had this emphasis. This award, therefore, has a particularly special meaning as I have poured four years of my life into creating a career in sustainable engineering.
I have always had particular interests in climate change which drove my final year project on large woody debris dams. The laboratory experiments took one month of constant making and testing of the dams, so to be recognised for this hard work is a great honour!”
Additional information about the award and application process
The Environmental Award is supported by the university’s Environment Team, with judges from the schools of Environment and Technology, Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Health Sciences, Art, Architecture and Design and Media, along with the Centre for Learning and Teaching and the Green Growth Platform. It is awarded twice in the academic year, at both the Summer and Winter Graduation ceremonies.
The Award will reopen in late summer for students finishing their degree in August or September and graduating in the winter (February) 2018 ceremonies.
Applications can be made by graduating students themselves, or by the students’ dissertation/final project supervisors.
Find out more about the award and the application process on the university’s sustainability pages.