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Mark Parker

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

There are also plenty of opportunities to engage with local businesses and develop industry experience which looks great on your CV.

Mark Parker

Why Teesside?

The course has a good balance of assignments and exams, and I was swayed by the culture and friendliness of the people in Middlesbrough.

Why environmental science?

I’m fascinated with every aspect of science. After speaking to an environmental science tutor at an open day I learnt how the course merges concepts from biology, chemistry and physics, so it was the perfect choice.

Best thing about the course?

The variety of modules and practical elements, from field trips and studying rock formations to practical lab projects.

Tell us about the support services

The Student Futures team are great at helping you look for and secure a job – from guidance on constructing a standout CV, to mock interviews and feedback sessions.

The Library has thousands of literature sources and they run workshops on referencing, report writing, presentation skills and effective revision.

Tell us about Middlesbrough and the region

It’s a really fun place and the restaurants, bars and shops are only a five-minute walk from campus. Orange Pip Market, held monthly over the summer, offers street food from around the world, live arts and music.

Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument are my favourite day trips if I want to venture out of Middlesbrough.

If you want to stay on campus then the Students’ Union is great for socialising.

Where was your placement?

I did a year-long placement with G2O Water Technologies, working on the research and development of graphene nanotechnology membrane systems for the oil and gas, aviation, desalination, and energy recovery industries. I leant many new skills which helped me achieve registered scientist status and I secured a full-time role with them in my final year.

I also undertook research for a local energy storage company into the potential use of abandoned mine shafts as a means of storing excess energy.

What skills did you gain?

Mainly professional skills in research methods, lab work, time management and project development.

Future ambitions?

I’d like to create a more sustainable world and help inspire the next generation of scientists.

What advice would you give to others?

Take advantage of the services and don't be afraid to reach out for help and guidance. Everyone is so friendly and approachable, often going out of their way to help find a solution to your questions.

Would you recommend Teesside University?

Definitely – the facilities are great and the tutors are always available to provide support and guidance.

There are also plenty of opportunities to engage with local businesses and develop industry experience which looks great on your CV.