The skills I've gained such as report writing, research and data handling will be priceless for my career choice.
I decided to go to university because I wanted to challenge myself and create more opportunities for my future. I chose Teesside mainly because I live locally, but also because it offered a course that interested me.
I chose environmental science because I believe it is relevant and future proof. I was also attracted to the multidisciplinary nature of the course, I felt there was a variety of challenges I could throw myself into. I have always enjoyed science and problem solving and environmental science encompasses all aspects of this, whilst being a very relevant topic. With pollution, climate change and energy being major issues in society, I feel I can contribute to solving these problems.
I like the variety, from geology to energy, biodiversity to waste management and it all interlinks. There's a real opportunity to learn a bit of everything in good depth.
I have a background in electrical engineering, so the renewable energy module was by far my favourite.
I think the campus is great. It has a great aesthetic and is quite inspiring. The services offered are good, especially the library. There's an excellent variety of resources available, which have been priceless. Also, use your TUSC to pay for food and drinks from the campus cafes and save yourself 10%.
I was a founding member of the Green Team and later become the co-leader. The Green Team were involved in activities such as, campus bird walks and volunteering with Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, field trips to the Cleveland hills and educational trips to the nuclear power station at Hartlepool. We managed to secure our own on-campus garden and grew a variety of herbs and vegetables which we donated to members of staff and cafes on campus.
I am a STEM ambassador and I have completed the mentoring programme through STEM. I mentored two year 10 students at a local secondary school for a term. I have also volunteered for the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust.
I would like a career in environmental consultancy, specifically renewable energy or sustainability and would love to have my own consultancy, providing businesses with methods for saving energy and being more energy efficient and helping them be more sustainable.
The skills I've gained such as report writing, research and data handling will be priceless for my career choice. Additionally, I have improved my time management, group working, communication and organisation skills.
Yes, I think the University has a lot to offer students and the course is taught and managed by some exceptional members of staff.
My advice for anyone thinking of coming here is to be prepared to work hard and you will be rewarded. Also don't be afraid to ask questions, the staff have always been understanding and have time for everyone, utilise it.