I have taken a lot of inspiration from projects working to rewild and restore native ecosystems
Why did you choose to study Environmental Science at Sheffield?
When applying to university I found it difficult to choose between Biology and Geography, so was thrilled when I discovered that the Sheffield Environmental Science course combined modules from both departments, allowing me to tailor my degree to my interests. I also remember receiving a very warm welcome from students and staff on the Open Day, which gave an insight into the tight-knit community of both Sheffield and the Geography department.
What has been your favourite part (or module) of the course so far?
My favourite modules have always been those that involve fieldwork and we have had a wide range of these over the three years - from the Peak District to western Ireland, we explored and analysed the landscape of the British Isles come rain or shine! This culminated in my undergraduate dissertation, where I carried out my own research project and fieldwork at Miage Glacier in the Italian Alps. It felt very rewarding to put the theory I had learned into practice in a challenging and exciting location.
Are you a part of any University society or do you do any extracurricular activities?
I have been involved in the Environmental Science Society throughout my years in Sheffield - including being a member of the committee - which has run a wide range of events such as environmental film nights, trips out to the Peak, sphagnum moss planting with the National Trust and days out at the University’s student-run allotment. I also took part in two Bummit society charity hitchhikes, one to Bristol in November 2018 and Glasgow in 2019, contributing to raising over £30,000 for 5 charities local to Sheffield - the highlight of which was being offered a lift by a Scottish tour bus full of pensioners!
What do you like most about Sheffield?
One of my favourite facts about Sheffield is that its trees outnumber people 4 to 1, making it one of Europe’s greenest cities. So, not only is the city surrounded by the stunning Peak District National Park - where I’ll be found cycling, hiking, climbing and wild swimming - but greenspace is also readily accessible from your doorstep. One of my favourite spots is a little patch of woodland near Bolehill where you get a wonderful view of the sunset over Loxley.
What are your plans for when you complete your degree?
Having spent most of my summer exploring and working in Scotland, I have taken a lot of inspiration from projects working up there to rewild and restore natural, native ecosystems, which I would love to get involved in. Failing that, I’m very keen to have a cycle touring adventure so might just jump on my bike and see where it takes me!
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