MSc/Diploma/Certificate in Environmental Management
SAAS Funding 2013
For 2013 SAAS eligible students will be able to apply for a loan of £3,400.
More information will be available on the SAAS site:
Apply today for a place and fulfil your environmental management career aspiration.
Field class to the Cairngorms National Park
A new 4-day format field class to the Cairngorms was a great success, so much so that in the coming year we are extending it to six days. Good accommodation, company, food and weather was appreciated by all. Projects including the use of differential and hand-held GPS, bed material particle sizing, aquatic macro-invertebrate sampling, flow gauging, and vegetation surveys all passed of successfully. The final morning was one of Powerpoint presentations of the findings. Social activities included a pub quiz, football, table tennis, a number of the group trekking to the Cairngorm summit and a good soaking for a few adventurous soles who attempted to cross a pond on metal rings dangling above the water
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
This exciting scholarship opportunity is open to Canadian, Chinese, Indian and US nationals and is aimed at encouraging bright, talented and hard-working individuals to live, work and study in Scotland. Awards worth £2000 each are available towards the cost of tuition fees
See http://www.talentscotland.com/students/study/scholarships/saltire-scholarships.aspx for more information and then submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date of 31 May 2013.
Research Project Write-up
Students write up their MSc projects in the format of an article to be submitted to an international journal. This provides improved training in scientific and environmental management writing skills and also opens the possibility of students publishing their work. In recent years, MSc dissertations have formed the basis of articles in 'Aquatic Conservation: Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems' and 'Biological Conservation'.
Examples of projects undertaken are :
The Scottish renewable energy target. A study of the Scottish Parliament's policies for onshore windfarms and their implementation from an environmental perspective.
The future of public rights of way in Loch Lomond and Trossachs Nat Park.
An investigation of the migration of mercury contaminated sediment at the Union Canal, Falkirk)
An evaluation of the environmental effectiveness of SEPA's registration of river engineering.
Assessing the quality of compost being produced at Stirling Council compared to the requirements of composting standard PAS 100 with a view to future marketing
SUDS implementation in a manufacturing industry adjacent to a watercourse or an aspect of ISO 14001 implementation in a business environment
Impact of extensive lifestock grazing on the environment in Zaragoza, Spain
Top job for former student
Greg Radford has recently been appointed as Director for Environment and Social Development at the International Finance Corporation, Washington DC (a member of the World Bank Group). Greg, a Canadian national, graduated in 1991 and previously worked as Chief Environmental Advisor for Export Development Canada.
At IFC, Greg will oversee sustainability issues, including climate change and IFC’s management of environmental and social risks. “Joining IFC is a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of the financial industry’s standards on the environment and social sustainability,” said Greg Radford. “I am very excited to become part of a global leader and to help continue IFC’s outstanding reputation by working with other financial institutions, civil society, and the private sector in emerging markets.”
In his previous position, he was responsible for overseeing EDC’s Environmental Review Directive, directing the Environmental Advisory Services team, and providing strategic advice and guidance on environmental matters affecting EDC.