Elanor James

Course: BSc (Hons) Geography and MSc Applied Marine Science

Current Job Title: Wildlife Adviser

Current Employer: Natural England

Current Location: Bristol

"Both courses offered amazing field trips, hands on lab/computer/field experiences, and the opportunity to choose coursework-heavy topics, which suited my learning. Course content, university staff, campus style, a friendly city and beautiful location by both the ocean and Dartmoor also played a key role, I fell in love with it all."

"Skills such as resilience, perseverance, hard work, team work, communication, patience, lab, field and IT skills, curiosity and passion have already helped me overcome challenges in personal and professional circumstances, and will for years to come. These skills all came from my time at Plymouth, both through formal teaching and being involved in sport and volunteering."


"Both geography and marine sciences staff provided interesting and engaging content. The assessments were diverse, challenging and thought-provoking and staff responded quickly to questions via email, were available for meetings and discussion, provided tutor group sessions, and taught extra workshops, if needed, on practical or theory. I always felt comfortable asking them for help."

"Learning the science and theory behind topics, and how this can be applied through research, community engagement, policy, education and practical skills to solve the environmental issues facing communities today. The staff taught the science and the skills that inspired my passion and drive to work in the environmental sector."

"The staff, support, facilities, campus lifestyle, opportunities, people and general vibe of the University of Plymouth are really, really great. There is something for everyone in terms of courses, volunteering, sports, campaigning, competition and research. You will be inspired. The campus is a really friendly, social space and the city and surrounding area is full of fun and interesting things to see and do."

"I used the careers service to assist with my CV writing, which was a useful starting point. I used the resources and services in LABplus and the library every week. LABplus was particularly useful due to the availability of laptops and software, OS maps, research equipment, very knowledgeable staff and a safe and quiet space to work."

<p>Elanor James<br></p>
<p>Elanor James<br></p>

"My favourite memory was receiving the news my postgraduate dissertation was going to be published with my adviser Dr Andy Turner as a co-author. One of my proudest ever moments!"

"Studying at Plymouth made me more passionate about the physical environment and inspired me to work in a community or government industry to facilitate positive change. Previous to starting university, I was mostly interested in human geography but that quickly changed after living by the sea and studying modules on past environments, climate change and oceanography."

"After completing my studies, I travelled for three months in New Zealand and India, worked in the French Alps for four months and was then unemployed for six months due to covid-19. I started my job at Natural England in November 2020 and have been working from home. I am looking forward to getting out and about, carrying out site visits and meeting my colleagues."

"I completed a remote one-month course on Sites of Special Scientific Interest designation and management, which was super interesting. There are over 4,000 SSSIs in England, all harbouring ecologically and geologically important features that Natural England designates and protects. Hopefully I can do field visits to these when restrictions allow!"