I chose to study at Brighton as I felt as though the lecturers here were really passionate about what they were teaching, and I liked the fact that they included their own research in their lectures. I also felt that the environment was a welcoming one – my very first visit left me feeling confident that I would be able to thrive at Brighton.
Brighton has fully lived up to everything that I could have imagined – I have visited two new countries, one outside of Europe and seen and done some incredible things in those places. I have also been provided with a plethora of opportunities, and believe that this has helped me to grow. The lecturers have fully supported me on my journey, much as I thought that they would upon meeting them for the first time four years ago.
Environmental Sciences BSc(Hons) graduate Karen Bowles tells us why choosing the University of Brighton was one of the best decisions she has made, and where her career has taken her since she graduated.
Graduate schemes are a fantastic way to enter the industry of your choice. Recent graduate Jaide Hartridge got in touch to let us know what she’s been up to since qualifying last year with a first-class degree in Environmental Sciences.
Geography graduate Ruby Coates has had an exciting time since leaving the University of Brighton, working her way around the world including internships in Brazil and Patagonia. She kindly shared some of her experiences in the midst of her travels. Her undergraduate degree experience ignited a passion for volcanology and she begins her masters degree in the subject at Bristol University this autumn.
“I initially enrolled on the Geography BA course at the University of Brighton but quickly realised it was not for me, and I switched to the BSc and was happy to be able to opt to learn more about our physical environment and landscape.
“I have always been interested in natural hazards and soon realised on the second-year field trip to Sicily that my interest lay with volcanoes. It was fascinating to spend a day on Mount Etna with the volcanologist Dr Boris Behncke who taught us about the volcano and the local communities. It was amazing to learn how societies could live so peacefully in close proximity to such powerful natural landforms. This trip led me to base my dissertation around Mount Etna and the communities living in the area.
“In my third year, I was fortunate enough to return to Sicily to carry out my project research and work alongside Boris at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and out in the field. It was amazing to see the work carried out to monitor the volcano and educate the communities. I found my dissertation to be a really interesting and important study that identified a widespread unpreparedness amongst the population in the event of an emergency. I found this very hard to believe and saw that further research is essential in this field. This is why I have chosen to study volcanology and I hope to go on to work with governmental organisations in managing natural hazards and be involved in risk communication amongst vulnerable communities.
“I was recommended the course by Dr Jake Ciborowski and received references from Jon Caplin and Chris Carey, all lecturers at the University of Brighton. I am thrilled to be accepted onto the course at Bristol University, the city where I was brought up.”
Huge congratulations to Imogen Fox, who has just graduated from our Geography BA(Hons) course for her award-winning dissertation!
Imogen’s dissertation on how she supported a friend with special needs won the Royal Geographical Society’s Social and Cultural Geography Research Groups Undergraduate Dissertation Award and £100 prize money. Titled ‘Meltdowns in the mud – a spatial, emotional and relationship approach to the experience of care in the micro-spatialities of Glastonbury Festival’ Imogen wrote an account of her experience in supporting her friend Rona when the pair attended the Glastonbury Festival this summer.
“I am in complete shock and disbelief about winning the prize,” said Imogen. “I feel extremely grateful for all the amazing support I received from both academic staff from my course at the university who have boosted my confidence in my own academic abilities and also my wonderful dyslexia tutor who kept me calm throughout the writing process.”
Imogen also praised the Sussex organisation which teamed her up with “my new close friend” Rona, Gig Buddies, which matches adults who have a learning disabilities to volunteers who have similar interests, to go to events together that they both love.
Imogen, now studying for her MSc in Social Work, said: “I question the word and activity of ‘care’ because that ‘care’ goes both ways and is often an act of friendship, thus defining mine and Rona’s relationship as a ‘muddy relationship’ which can be impacted upon differently in different spaces.”
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.
“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.”