Joel Rowlands

Joel RowlandsDegree: BSc Biology with Placement Year

Placement organisation: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Graduate role: Graduate Ecologist, Mouchel Ltd.

Joel spent his placement year working as a UK Native Seed Hub Assistant at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He was a key part of the team responsible for running Kew’s seed bank, which is central to national and international seed conservation efforts.

After his BSc, Joel stayed in our department to do a postgraduate MRes degree, and now works at Mouchel Ltd, a civil engineering company working in road and other infrastructure development.

"There is no other way of gaining this type of experience during your degree. I was a valued part of an international organisation, I had responsibility, I earned money, I made contacts and I discovered what I want to do with my career. This is a MUST do for all students."