Conservation course gains recognition from Chartered Institute

July 2014

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A Writtle College conservation course has been recognised as providing exceptional teaching in nature conservation.

The College’s BSc (Hons) Conservation and Environment course has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) – one of only seven higher education institutions in the country to have their degrees recognised by the Institute.

In order to be accredited, Writtle College had to show that the course’s content and the quality of teaching met CIEEM’s high standards.

Dr Stephen Waite, College Principal, said: “We aim to give our students an outstanding experience and recognition of this type, from a leading institute, is reassurance for our students that we are providing courses which will equip them for work in the conservation sector.”

The Conservation and Environment degree gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the management and conservation of our natural heritage. Over the three years, students develop knowledge of the history of land use and conservation practice, as well as technical understanding and skills for monitoring, surveying and recording wildlife and habitats, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The College’s picturesque 220-hectare estate is a great resource and enables students to carry out species identification, habitat studies and practical management.

The programme was developed in close association with conservation bodies and employers. Graduates have gone onto exciting positions in the sector from reserves manager for the RSPB, Environment Agency officer, ecologist in private practice, conservation officer with an inshore fisheries authority and ranger at an ancient forest.

One of the current students on the course, Jenny Cox, has recently been involved in the hit BBC show Springwatch while working as a volunteer for RSPB Minsmere in Suffolk.

The Conservation courses at Writtle College also recently gained a high profile in the media thanks to it being featured on BBC Countryfile due to research into how brownfield sites should be managed to safeguard their bursting conservation value.

• For more information about the Conservation and Environment degree - including a bursary giving new applicants £1,500 towards their tuition fees - visit www.writtle.ac.uk