Interview with an Environmental Science Alumni – Rebecca Cavlan – i-studentglobal

Alumni Rebecca Cavlan describes her time at university in the Earth and Environmental Science department.

Source: Interview with an Environmental Science Alumni – Rebecca Cavlan – i-studentglobal

New PhD opportunity!

New PhD opportunity : Effective Management of the Invasive Aquatic Swamp Stonecrop (Crassula helmsii) in wetlands

There is an opportunity for a PhD student with the Aquatic Research Centre.   Please apply using the following link

PhD Opportunity

The application deadline is midnight on 28th November 2016

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The complexity of microplastic pollution

Matt Turley picOur very own Matt Turley, PhD student at the Aquatic Research Centre has been on the news!

Matt was interviewed on Channel 5 news about the dangers of microplastics, following a report issued by The Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons. The report calls for the government to ban the use of microplastics in cosmetic products, due to the available evidence on the impacts to the marine environment.

Scientists from the Aquatic Research Centre at the University of Brighton are backing calls for a ban on ‘microbeads’ – particles of plastic used in a number of cosmetics and cleaning products, which end up in lakes, rivers and the ocean.

Matt, who is researching the problem, said: “Microplastics do not biodegrade, and so they accumulate in the marine environment and are extremely costly and difficult, if not impossible, to clean up.  A ban on the use of microplastics in personal care products in the UK is a step in the right direction to reducing further inputs of plastic to the marine environment and to begin to address the wider problems of marine plastic pollution.

“Globally, approximately 300 million tonnes of plastic are manufactured annually. In a single year, the amount of plastic pollution entering the oceans has been estimated at between 4.8 million tonnes and 12.7 million tonnes, and around 80 per cent of this is thought to be introduced through land-based activities.

“Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 5mm. Despite their small size, these microplastics have been identified as a significant form of pollution with the potential to impact marine animals and the wider ecosystem. Their sources are numerous and include particles that arise following the physical and chemical breakdown of larger pieces of plastic debris, industrial spillages and products, as well as household items such as synthetic clothing or personal care products. Continue reading

Get up to £30,000 tax-free to Train to Teach a STEM subject

Good teachers are always in demand but STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at secondary school are particular priorities and attract additional support and higher levels of funding.

The teaching profession is a great way to make your degree, skills and knowledge really count. At the moment, tax-free bursaries and scholarships worth up to £30,000 are being offered to top graduates who choose to train as teachers.

Our teaching courses at Brighton are perfect if you have graduated with an honors degree or equivalent, in a subject relevant to the specialism. Or if you think you may need additional support we also offer subject knowledge enhancement routes (SKE) which you can do ahead of the teaching course.

We offer courses in a number of STEM subject areas including:
Geography
Biology

Our Initial Teacher Training Partnership is rated outstanding by Ofsted. We work closely with our partner schools to offer a wide range of routes into teaching (PGCE, School Direct Training and School Direct Salaried). We also offer you individualised support to build on your expertise to develop your capabilities to become an outstanding practitioner.

Specialising in a STEM subject at postgraduate level means that you will be able to take a role in the leadership and development of this subject area throughout your career.

You can find out more at the Department of Education (DfE) website.

Or you can register an interest in our programmes here.

Join us at our campus open day on Saturday 18 June

Open days are a great way to find out about the local area and the campus where you will be studying. You will also be able to hear more about your chosen subject and talk to our staff and current students.
If you are thinking of beginning your studies in 2017, you can find out more about our campus open day and how to book a place here

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Exploring our biodiversity refuge

biodiversity3 (2)Dr Chris Joyce was invited by the c-change team at the University to help celebrate International Biodiversity Day with a walk to Moulsecoomb’s very own biodiversity refuge, the Watts bank (near the Watts building).

Around 15 colleagues from across the university joined the walk during which Dr Joyce introduced the biodiversity of the University generally and Watts bank specifically, and also outlined how the bank is being managed to enhance its biodiversity value. The group then discussed the future of the bank and identified several birds and plant species found in the area.

You can find out more about the background to this, including an interview with Dr Joyce on the c-change site, here.

Laura’s ship comes in

University of Brighton masters student Laura Clemente Campos has landed an internship at Shoreham Port.

She will be producing an ecology plan for the port and her work will form part of her coursework for her masters in Environmental Assessment and Management.

Laura told the Shoreham Herald: “When the port gave me the opportunity to work for them I had a look around the site and was fascinated by how many environmental projects they had developed.

“I like the port’s vision for the future, especially the objectives established in the environmental policy. For an industrial working site they have a very positive attitude to prevent, reduce and compensate for any impact they may make.”

Laura graduated in 2012 from Valencia University with a degree in environmental sciences and then moved to the UK. She first worked as a scientist’s assistant in the National Water Quality Instrumentation System as part of the Environment Agency.

She said: “The masters at the University of Brighton has specialised my academic career and provided me with more technical and practical skills. I have acquired a high level in skills such as researching, critically analysing data, assessing data and reporting, at the same time as facing real cases and solving problems.

“The system was totally new for me, and it was hard at first, but I am learning and improving quite quickly, thus I enjoy a lot. I have faced so many challenges through this year but achieving them makes you grow up academically and professionally.

Laura Clemente Campos

“The masters provides a really good qualification and skills to start a professional career, and it gives you opportunities to practise what you learn, through placements or internships such as the one I am enjoying.”

Join us on a biodiversity walk

Biodiversity week logoSunday 22 May is International Day for Biological Diversity and to celebrate, the c-change campaign at uni have organised a bio-diversity walk on the Moulsecoombe campus with Professor Chris Joyce from our school at 12.30 on Monday 23 May.

Join Chris for a short lunchtime walk to look at and learn more about the work taking place to improve biodiversity on the Watts Bank. On the walk, you will learn about what wildlife are supported in the area, including slow worms, common lizards and a variety of birds and notable invertebrates.

Please meet in the quad outside the Cockcroft building (outside the Sports Centre entrance by the table tennis table), at 12.30 wearing sensible, flat shoes and appropriate clothing for the day’s weather.

c-change are also running a photo competition. To be in with a chance of winning a packet of British bee friendly wildflower seeds send the team a photo of local biodiversity that you spot over the next few days, via social media or email by 25 May. The best three pictures will be winners!

All pictures are welcome, whether it was snapped on your way into uni, when you’re out and about this weekend or in your own back garden! You could even send us a pic when you’re out on Watts Bank on Monday with Professor Chris Joyce!

Share your photos via:

  • Twitter: Tweet us tagging @_cchange_ and using #UoBbiodiversity
  • Facebook: Post your picture on our ‘University of Brighton c-change campaign’ wall
  • Email: Email your picture to c-change@brighton.ac.uk.