As part of the Department’s Careers and Employability Week for all Level 5 and 6 students, the Department engages with alumni, particularly their involvement in the Careers and Employability Week and fieldtrips
A number of alumni deliver short presentations on their career path since graduation and how they have applied the knowledge and skills gained during their degree. The alumni also attend an informal networking event with the students immediately after the presentations. The Department has also begun to develop links with alumni for field visits to sites where ‘real world’ examples of environmental management practice can be observed.
What was the impact?
Site visits enhance students’ learning by actually seeing approaches and techniques that they are aware of from class teaching being used in practice.
This approach increases the students’ awareness of the importance of the skills (and knowledge and understanding) that they are developing and practising during their degree for future employment. A key message is also the need to record evidence of skills development in a portfolio or equivalent.
The Department proposes to collaborate with the Department of Computer Science to explore the potential use of the CAVE resource for developing virtual field trips to 3D landscapes, simulating natural and environmental hazard scenarios etc., to support and enhance students’ experience of fieldwork and hazard management.
What is the likely impact?
Such virtual fieldtrips would allow students to begin to explore a field setting in preparation for residential fieldwork, and to develop research questions for project work in advance of the fieldwork. This would provide an experience of field locations which may be inaccessible for some disabled students. For hazard management, it may allow for different hazard scenarios to be simulated and for students to interact directly with the situation as part of their learning of risk and hazard/ disaster management. Such an approach would enhance interactive learning between students.
The Team’s collaboration with the Computer Science Department to utilise the C.A.V.E resource, particularly in relation to alternative assessment arrangements for disabled students
Embedding of research skills at all Levels of the programme
Embedding research skills at all Levels allows for a gradual progression in the sophistication of techniques and approaches introduced and applied as a student progresses through the programme, so that they have a range of research skills at Level 6 that can be applied in the Dissertation research project.
What was the impact?
The approach provides students with a range of skills and expertise in field and laboratory-based research techniques. Therefore, when developing a dissertation research project it provides them with a range of topics that they can pursue.