"Studying at Sheffield helped me explore innovative solutions that could change the transport sector"

Student Robert Wickenden in the Peak District
Robert Wickenden
Recent graduate
BA Geography
Robert talks about his aspiration to become a transport planner.

Why did you decide to study geography, and why did you choose Sheffield?

I decided to study geography due to its real-world relevance. The current staff and students were one of the many reasons I chose Sheffield to study geography, as they were welcoming and helped me to understand how the subject can be integrated into any aspect of life. Furthermore, the idea of society sport and weekly socials within GeogSoc appealed to me as I wanted to be part of a university that offers me more than an education.

What has your career path been since graduation?

As an aspiring Transport Planner, I have been undertaking work experience with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and TPS Transport Consultants in Wakefield. Additionally, I have an offer from University of Leeds to study MSc Transport Planning from January 2021.

How did studying geography help you get to where you are now?

By studying geography, I have developed an interest in sustainability and transport. The modules I took during my time in Sheffield, such as Urban Transformations, helped me to understand present day problems in the transport industry such as climate change and increasing private car usage. Furthermore, studying geography at Sheffield helped me to explore innovative solutions that could change the transport sector, such as public transport, walking and cycling schemes.

Geography at Sheffield helped me transition seamlessly into the area of transport studies, due to their shared focus on combatting present day issues and increasing sustainability for future generations.

What made your time in Sheffield special?

During my time in Sheffield, I took part in GeogSoc Football, helping the society to win the league in my second year, whilst captaining the team in my third year. Meeting lads from all years of the society, really helped me to settle into university life. Furthermore, I got to travel all across Europe as a Geography student, visiting Berlin, Lisbon, Budapest and Prague. Exploring cities with all of my closest friends from university is something I will always look back fondly on.

What advice would you give to new students in the department?

As a new student, I would try to see staff as much as possible about anything from assessments and readings to having general catch ups. They are the experts in their fields and can really help you to excel in whatever you want to achieve as a geography student at Sheffield. I also recommend joining any societies or sports clubs that you are interested in, as they provide you with an opportunity to meet people with the same interests as you, helping you to settle into university life.

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