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LEC Masters Employment Success

Three former Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) Masters students have found employment in their field due to work completed during their Masters at LEC.

Thomas Ridgley, MA Environmental Management and Consultancy, undertook a project with Apollo Energy, focused on carbon reduction. Thomas' project began as a five week project as part of the work placement module and developed into a dissertation project. Thomas' work with Apollo Energy has led to employment with them.

Claire Lilley, MSc Contaminated Land and Remediation, undertook a project with Peak Associates Environmental Consultants Ltd, focused on remediation of contaminated groundwater. Claire's project was a dissertation project, which has led to her becoming a consultant with Peak Associates Environmental Consultants Ltd.

Thomas's and Claire's experience, along with the industrial partners' are available to view at:

  • Thomas Ridgley and Eddie Gray from Apollo Energy
  • Claire Lilley and Mike Matthews from Peak Associates Environmental Consultants Ltd
  • Both projects were facilitated by the Graduate Consultancy Programme run by the Enterprise and Business Partnerships Unit (ECP) in LEC. EBP within LEC is one of the University's major foci for collaborative work with the commercial sector. The Graduate Consultancy programme gives students working towards a postgraduate degree within LEC the opportunity to gain real-world experience by working on a collaborative project with business. Students apply their University-gained expertise to environmental projects, proposed by our commercial partners, via both the industrial/work placement module and/or the dissertation project. The projects deliver real environmental benefits to the participating companies and provide students with valuable experience before they embark upon a career in the environmental field.

    Alasdair Monteith, MSc Resource and Environmental Management, believes the skills he developed on his Masters helped him find employment with Middlesbrough Council , where he is responsible for climate change policy and research. During his Masters, Alasdair also worked for Lancaster City Council on the council's internal climate change strategy to reduce emissions. "The only reason I was able to carry out that work was because of the skills I developed on my Masters - things such as analysing data, taking a critical viewpoint."

  • Read the full article on The Independent's website.
  • Thu 07 April 2011