Elyse Maddocks

Excellent career foundations

Since graduating in 2008, Elyse Maddocks has remained in Lancaster to pursue a career in the environmental sector. “I still live in Lancaster (I loved it so much it was hard to move away) and I now work for the Environment Agency,” she says. “I am the Team Leader for the Cumbria and Lancashire Analysis and Reporting Team. The team investigates the quality of the area’s water bodies by analysing chemistry and ecology data collected from our rivers, lakes and marine environment.”

Elyse feels that the technical knowledge that she gained while studying in LEC has given her an excellent grounding for a career involving environmental investigation. “Doing a science degree allowed me to have a sound technical background that means I am now able to discuss lots of different technical topics with my colleagues,” she says. “In my job as a Team Leader, I am not required to understand the minute details of technical topics, but I do need to have a general understanding to help my team deliver their remit and disseminate this information to others.”

Looking toward the future, Elyse feels that she would like to remain within the Environment Agency and explore more positions available within the organisation. “Who knows what the future might hold! There is still lot of work that the Environment Agency does that I don’t have much knowledge of, and it would be good to explore more within the Agency as a starting point.”

Fantastic experiences

As well as feeling that her degree has prepared her effectively for working life, Elyse remembers her time at university fondly. “I liked the structure and the variety that the Environmental Science degree course at Lancaster offered,” she says. “I also loved the out-of-town campus, and the countryside surrounding the campus.”

Elyse feels that the extensive fieldwork opportunities and extra-curricular activities proved to be her favourite aspects of studying here. “I had a brilliant time at Lancaster University,” she says. ”I really enjoyed the fieldwork, as it allowed me to apply the theory I had learnt in lectures to real situations, and who wouldn’t want to spend time in the Lake District? I got to meet some amazing people, some of whom I am still friends with today. I also had a great time playing hockey, and in particular taking part in the famous Roses.”