I had been working for over 20 years when I decided to return to study to aid my career development.

“I had been working for over 20 years when I decided to return to study to aid my career development, choosing Edge Hill University to study for a degree. Once I had completed my BSc I decided to develop my skills, knowledge and research abilities even further and so embarked on my current course, the MSc in Conservation Management.

I’ve found this course provides a strong set of skills that are required in the conservation management sector. This has definitely helped me professionally and I use the skills and knowledge I acquire at university on a daily basis.

The best thing has been the support I’ve received from all of the teaching staff. They encourage you to experience things yourself and, in the process, help you to discover a whole new range of skills, ensuring you reach your full potential.

I combine my studies with working for the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Combining work and study can be hard, but the flexibility of the staff at Edge Hill, along with the support of my employer, has made it extremely worthwhile.

To be honest I have now been bitten by the studying bug, as I am also studying part-time at Edge Hill for my PhD, dedicated to improving conservation land management standards.

As a result of my studies I’ve developed new areas of interest, including the conservation of post-industrial sites, enabling me to present at a number of conferences on the subject, including one in China. In the future I’d like to look into disseminating the knowledge I have gained more widely, but for now I am enjoying my current work.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for MSc Conservation Management.