Why did you choose to study at Writtle University College?
I chose to study at Writtle College over other Universities for three main reasons: the campus and site, the people, and the practical nature of the course. On my first visit to Writtle College, I was immediately taken by the beauty of the landscaped gardens of the campus and the ease of getting around the site. I got the sense that there was a friendly, inclusive family nature at Writtle College, which proved to be one of my favourite parts of the experience. And I found that my course was unique in offering a vast amount of practical experience, with the rural nature of the site lending itself to putting theory into practice.
What does Writtle University College mean to you?
When I think of my time at Writtle College, my first thought is of the friends I made who continue to be some of my closest. I had some great fun with these friends, many of them made whilst playing competitive badminton and cricket, but also the family nature of Writtle College means that, when it is necessary to get on with work, you have some wonderful “study buddies” who support you with your work. The fact that many of the courses are interrelated, such as Conservation, Design, and Agriculture, means that you can share ideas with friends in different fields. I often catch up with these friends and continue to share ideas, which provide a mutual benefit to our careers.
The family nature extends to the staff too. In particular, lecturers went out of their way to support my studies and time at Writtle College, providing course relevant opportunities beyond the normal hours of study and were always available for a chat. I even took on one of my lecturers in regular badminton games!
Study at Writtle College presented many opportunities beyond the course itself such as gaining skills to aid my future career, and to present my research at conferences.
What did you particularly enjoy about your course?
I particularly enjoyed the practical nature of the course, putting theory into practice in assignments such as ecological surveys of the Writtle College Estate. Not only was it enjoyable to get out in the field, but also the skills developed are essential in my field of conservation.
My Career Path
Past jobs and experiences:
My Current Job
I am currently a volunteer in Nepal with the Gorkha Development Scheme (GDS).
I graduated from an MSc in Conservation and Rural Development with distinction from the University of Kent in 2012 and have since been working on a draft for a publication of my postgraduate research into wildlife gardening. I am currently in the process of applying for numerous positions in conservation charities and NGOs. I plan to work for one of these organisations on a short contract until later this year when I hope to begin a PhD investigating urban environments, specifically the management of green space and wildlife gardening.