Land and Wildlife students inspired by successful ex-student

Picture: Ryan Oakley (right)

Despite lockdown restrictions, Level 3 Land and Wildlife students have been busy learning all about ecology from a successful ex-student of the course.

Ryan Oakley, now the Ecology Lead for Stantec UK, joined the group on a Teams video call to give a presentation for their module ‘Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation’. In the past, students have tackled this particular part of the course with a hands-on approach, exploring the use of flora and fauna surveys out in the field trialling techniques and practicing with surveying equipment, but lockdown obviously has meant this isn’t possible. Instead, the students learned first-hand about how these surveys work from someone who works in the field.

Not only did Ryan give the students an overview of the process and applications of these surveys which was invaluable for their learning and development, but as an ex-Land and Wildlife student he discussed his career and what the course has enabled him to progress in to.

Lecturer Abbie Organ said: “Not only did Ryan give the students a very comprehensive overview of the process and applications of these surveys which was invaluable for their learning and development, but as an ex-Land and Wildlife student himself, he discussed his career and what the course has enabled him to progress in to. Students were interested to see why he chose the ecology route and what the career opportunities were within the sector. They were also impressed to hear that as an industry that does not always have the draw of an impressive salary, that there are routes into high profile jobs within the sector which inspired them to work hard and look further to the future in their career ambitions.”

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