Ed Snell

Ed Snell

I visited a number of universities whilst applying for my course, but the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds immediately stood out as the most friendly and engaging when I expressed my interests in sustainability and environmental science.

The most memorable part of the course was the third year field trip to Amsterdam where we conducted research on sustainable cities. It was a great chance to spend time with my course-mates whilst gaining first-hand experience in some of the research techniques we'd been studying over the past two years.

I have worked as a sustainability consultant since graduating in 2015. The experience I gained at university in research techniques, along with knowledge of a wide range of sustainability challenges, helped me obtain an initial placement with the company, which then turned into a full time role.

I found the range of topics covered on the course really interesting and engaging, and along the way I realised which areas of sustainability I'm really interested in and where my strengths lie.

In March 2016 I presented my undergraduate dissertation research on sustainability in independent breweries at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) in Manchester. This was a great opportunity to follow up my interests on this topic a year on from submitting my dissertation. The two-day conference featured a fascinating range of presentations and posters from students from all over the country. I'd highly recommend applying to present at BCUR, especially if you're considering a research career.