From 4 - 8 June, 20 School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) students from across all of the SBCS disciplines attended a ‘Future Scientists’ fieldtrip at the Field Studies Centre (FSC), in Millport, Scotland. Funding for the fieldtrip was provided by the Sheina Marshall Memorial Fund.
The field trip was designed to help improve student employability after graduation. Students covered a wide range of topics: chemicals and the environment (COSHH, water quality, environmental sampling); health & safety (risk assessment, manual handling, COSHH); good academic practice (scientific writing and referencing, report structure, writing styles); experimental design & data handling; business operations of a Field Studies Centre (education & teaching of field studies, hospitality, administration, maintenance);conservation & animal welfare, including an overview of current UK environmental legislation; plus a careers workshop helping students to improve their CVs, write cover letters, interview practice, and tips on how to get a ‘foot in the door’ with science jobs.
Feedback from students has been incredibly positive!
“A fastastic course delivered by excellent teaching staff!”
“I learnt a lot due to the linking of scientific theory and practical experience.”
“The best education trip ever!”
“I feel ready to take on this competitive dog eat dog world!”