Environmental Issues on Agenda

The Birmingham Post (England), October 1, 1999 | Go to article overview

Environmental Issues on Agenda


Coventry University has a long tradition of providing environmental science courses.

"We have been offering a BSc in environmental science for over 25 years, pioneered by Antarctic Survey veteran Dr Humphrey Smith," pointed out Dr Les Duckers.

About 10 years ago we introduced an industrially relevant masters' course in environmental monitoring and assessment, he added.

"The environment is not just a `flavour of the month' topic to us, we have a long-term commitment to delivering environmental education and training," he said.

"In the UK we have had 150 years of industrial development during which time we have created considerable environmental damage.

"Everyone accepts that this situation cannot continue.

"We have to apply intelligence to modern industrial development and learn how to gather and use resources carefully in order to avoid local and global pollution."

Coventry University's Masters course addresses these issues, and working with industry we have noticed that most companies which improve their environmental performance find that it results in an accompanying financial gain.

"Our BSc family of courses in environmental science allow students to study environmental science as a broad discipline or to major in either applied ecology or environmental assessment.

"Students gain scientific skills in the laboratory and on field courses and have the opportunity to spend a placement year in industry.

"Many students elect to take a year abroad,, and we have links throughout Europe and the Far East, including Australia."

One of last year's students, Helen Broadhead, spent her placement year at Broxtowe Borough Council in Beeston, in Nottingham. …

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