Importance of Natural Resources

BSc Conservation Biology and Ecology at the University of Exeter


Three of probably the best years of my life;
we got to go and travel loads, we got to experience so many other things. I’d say it’s one of the best unis to offer
this course which is why I chose here and also because the location is like really good. Teaching Conservation Biology as well as researching it, is… is great because it’s all very well
to know the answers yourself but it’s very satisfying to pass on this knowledge, to see people, you know, really grasping
the ideas you’ve been teaching and starting to ask serious questions of themselves, of challenging you to to pursue new avenues of research. The Conservation Biology and Ecology
degree programme is aimed at people who want to pursue
a career in hands-on conservation projects around
the world, conserving biodiversity but also people who want to maybe pursue
a career in ecological consultancy or any other aspect really of ecology and
conservation. This degree programme covers a broad programme in the science of Ecology
and Conservation Biology but what sets us apart is that we include
a large field-based aspect to our teaching. In the first year, it’s mostly just one
day field trips that are incorporated in the different modules that we’re teaching.
In the second year, we’ll do more residential field trips so you’ll have the opportunity to go to the Isles of Scilly,
to Cyprus, to Scotland, to Dorset and then in the third year we go further afield, with options to go to Borneo, South
Africa, the Bahamas and Spain. You see so much wildlife, the lecturers are so
knowledgeable and they’re so, you know, perfect for the job. They’re like BBC presenters, it’s amazing. The people that have now graduated, they’ve gone into so many different areas, they’ve gone into
charity work, research, you know, all sorts of areas and I think the course helps you do… achieve all of those things, you can go where you want
and you will have skills that will help you, wherever you go. There’s a whole module on employment and
sort of the avenues you can go down and not just that focused around what your course was,
there’s loads of different options and it gives you so many different life skills.
I love the place, I love the beaches and I love the fact that you have the university lifestyle
but still have all the plus points of having the beaches, and it’s quite quiet as well but really
lively which I like, not too much but loads going on. The teaching staff is really good here um
they’re really approachable and cos there’s small numbers within a class,
you get to know your lecturers quite well and there’s this open-door policy where
you can just go and talk to them and chat about your research project or
your course and they help you a lot. You’re learning from the same people that the rest of the world is. One of things I love about being a lecturer at
the University of Exeter, is that we are a research-led institute which means that we’re all active researchers and we bring our research
into the classroom and teach students about the things that we’re finding out at this very minute in time, things that aren’t published yet. We have a whole suite
of different methods we use for teaching; there’s the traditional lectures and
tutorial systems, and then we also use the whole environment which is on our doorstep. We’re also very fortunate that we
have a whole suite of macs that are now available to us together with iPads,
and we can take those out into the field with us, to use those in our practicals and in our field trips and then come back into the lab to have a
look at the material we’ve gathered. While these new technologies are great,
they don’t replace the one-to-one contact that we like to have with our students, and that
could be through the tutorials system or if a student needs a bit of help on a particular course. Being Director of Education doesn’t
prevent me from teaching and I’m really enthusiastic about the teaching I do. Our approach of combining theory in the classroom
with hands-on practical experience is something that employers are really looking for and our graduates are among the most sought after by employers. In the recent National Student Survey, the students
themselves voted the Cornwall Campus as the best place to study. This is a small campus
but it’s part of a big university so you get both sides of the experience, and it’s actually in probably one of the
most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom. There’s lots of nightlife, and it’s safe,
easy to move around and easy to get to your lectures.


Reader Comments

  1. Am a Namibian, hold a diploma in Forestry and has seven years of experience working for Forestry department. Since I started six years ago, I been being remunerated with a grade 12 qualification and since then there never been a promotion. Getting scholarship from our training department seem not possible cause every time every year we try nothing comes up. Can you please guide me how to get admission to your school and probably securing a scholarship to further my studies?

  2. Dear Paul, please visit the undergraduate study page at the University of Exeter website. There are links there for international students and fees and funding etc. Hope that helps

  3. what a fucking waist of time this shit degree is. Here some advice that does NOT cost you a 'academic' degree, "LEAVE THE FUCKING ANIMALS ALONE"

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