Promotion Of The Profession: Ecological Consultancy Lecture to Oxford Brookes University

Promotion Of The Profession: Ecological Consultancy Lecture to Oxford Brookes University

BSG Ecology Senior Ecologist Kate Rooney presented a guest lecture on Ecological Consultancy to undergraduate students at Oxford Brookes University in January 2021. This was the fourth annual lecture that Kate has provided for the students, who are all final year undergraduates, and the first to be delivered online.

During the talk, Kate provided an overview of the role which ecological consultants play in development projects. To illustrate this, a case study of a previous BSG project was used. The scope and specification of protected species surveys for the site, potential mitigation solutions, and the Biodiversity (Net) Gain assessment process required for the project were all outlined and discussed. As part of the lecture, Kate also provided careers advice for students interested in working in ecological consultancy, including details of what the job entails at different stages in their career progression, and a summary of what consultancies such as BSG look for when recruiting graduate ecologists.

Following the talk, Kate met the students in breakout rooms to provide advice and support to group projects which they were carrying out as part of their course work. She was also available to answer any questions which the students had in relation to working in ecological consultancy.

Adam Symons, Environmental Lecturer at Oxford Brookes and the course co-ordinator said:

“We enjoyed Kate’s visit to our lecture via Zoom for the Environmental Consultancy module, and I think she enjoyed it too. She talked to the students about all the elements of ecological consultancy, and the work she does at BSG. Then she provided advice to students on the breakout rooms, which I know was much appreciated”

Further information with regard to what we look for in a potential graduate level recruit is here: What Are We Looking For In A Graduate Ecologist?

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