To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.
You will be given far more information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies.
Below is a list of selected reading materials. It is not suggested that you read all of these, but by selecting a few they will give you a flavour of issues raised during the course and start you thinking about relevant topics.
Materials you might need
You will take part in a lot of fieldwork on the course, at all times of year and in all conditions. When embarking upon a career in conservation, we expect you to have the following personal gear:
- Walking boots
- Full waterproofs (jacket, trousers)
- Water bottle and flask
- Hat and gloves
- Sun hat and sunscreen.
We loan out all equipment and books that you need, but you will likely get lots of future use from The Collins Wildflower Guide by Streeter, in case you want to make a purchase. A botanical hand lens would also come in handy.
Our course is accredited by CIEEM – you may find it useful to become familiar with their website and the competencies framework.
In advance of the placement module you may find it useful to begin exploring or make a list of organisations that are local to you (e.g. Wildlife Trusts, Natural England, National Trust, ecological consultancies) and think about the type of you place you would like to go to. If you are not sure – no problem. You tutors will be there to help guide you and help you organise it when you start on the course.
Your induction sessions
Tuesday 26 September, 9am-5pm: Introductory field day.
A chance to learn some important techniques for one of the modules as well as meeting your peers and staff. Please arrive to the Bioscience Building Foyer at 9am. Transport is provided. Please also bring a packed lunch.
Hiking boots are recommended for an easy 4-5 mile walk. Please dress appropriately for a day out in the weather that is forecast
Let Paul Ashton know in advance of any health or mobility issues.
Friday 29 September, 9am-5pm: Course Induction. 9am—12pm
An induction on the details of the course and our online systems. A chance to ask questions on logistics and how the course will run. This will be delivered by course tutors Paul Ashton and Anne Oxbrough. Room location TBC.
1pm-5pm: Induction and training from the learning services team. Room location TBC.
Week Commencing Monday 2 October:
Regular classes begin on Tuesday 3 October. For the main Semester teaching these will be Tuesdays and Fridays between 9am-6pm.
You will receive the full timetable for the year at the induction or upon request via email in early September.