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MY SALFORD STORY
BSc Wildlife and Practical Conservation
I originally came to Salford to do a Foundation Year in Environmental Sciences. I planned to go back to my job after the course and started university with quite a narrow perspective but I ended up really liking the course, the lecturers and the opportunities it presented so I decided not to go back to my job. One of my lecturers suggested I did Wildlife and Practical Conservation because of a module I did in the Foundation Year and I thought that sounded amazing.
I’ve been on a variety of field trips throughout my Foundation Year and undergraduate degree, ranging from National Trust reserves to zoos, wildlife parks and trips to the Peak District. They open up so many doors and they also break down the teacher/student barrier so they get to know you as an individual.
One of the opportunities that ELS provides is a sandwich placement, so after two years you go on placement for a year then come back for your final year. You find your own placements so I did six months in Greece came home for Christmas and then went to Belize for six months.
On my first placement I worked in east Greece on a couple of the small islands. The company I worked for was a marine-biology based conservation NGO; I had a background in kayaking from the Kayaking Society at the Student’s Union so I basically spent six months kayaking and mapping sea grass in relation to an international project with Born Free and WWF.
In Belize, I bumped into a retired couple who were ex film makers who had worked on the original Planet Earth and for National Geographic. Through them, I got involved with the BBC who were filming Wild Cats, I ended up being a junior researcher for two weeks and it was amazing to see behind the scenes with the guys that have filmed Planet Earth and Blue Planet.
There’s a really good open door policy in Salford, if you need something you go and speak to a lecturer and they’re happy to give you that time.