Scholarship for eco-student

| 09/03/2009

(CNS): Local students with an interest in the environment have the chance to apply for a scholarship to study for a degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading. The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has secured the funding for this scholarship for one student from one of the overseas territories (OTs) which includes tuition fees, travel to and from the territory and a monthly allowance for accommodation and living expenses.

 

 The scholarship will be administered by the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) which was established in 1993 to promote the interests of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories and co-operation between them. Specifically UKOTA demonstrates the collective and individual partnerships between the territories and Her Majesty’s Government. The scholarship is part of the Overseas Territories Training and Research Programme which will contribute to capacity building within the OTs.

The damage to the Earth’s ecosystems and significant biodiversity loss is a global problem, but is also very relevant to the UK Overseas Territories. The UKOTs are rich in biodiversity, but this biodiversity is under threat from a range of human activities. Reducing these losses and designing a more sustainable future requires skilled individuals who will develop evidence-based solutions. The degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation is designed to provide this training and skills development.

 The University of Reading’s BSc Applied Ecology and Conservation degree programme offers The opportunity to acquire the varied skills required of applied ecologists and conservation biologists through a combination of taught courses and practical experience.

It is a hands on field-based learning: fieldwork is an important part of ecological study and the University of Reading  is  very fortunate  in having excellent facilities.   Additionally, there are field courses in both the UK and abroad.

The degree programme is designed to maximise student choice, so that you can focus on those aspects of Applied Ecology and Conservation that most interest you. Modules are taught by experts in the field; academics who are internationally recognised for their research. 

The scholarship will go to a student with clear academic ability, who can show strong evidence of a commitment to a career in conservation biology and an interest in contributing to the conservation work in the Overseas Territories.

To qualify for the scholarship applicants must be 18yrs of age and over, have Overseas Territories Citizenship, or the right to live and work in an Overseas Territory and satisfy the entry requirements below. The closing date for applications in 30 April and entry requirements include 300 UCAS points from no more than 4 A level or AS level subjects.  Points to include grade B in A level Biology; an additional A level in a Science subject or Geography is preferred.  (Points exclude Key Skills and General Studies). GCSE: Grade C is required in English, Mathematics and Science.

Flexibility in these requirements will be shown for students with exceptional experience, especially for a mature student with experience of working within the environmental/conservation sector in one of the Overseas Territories.

Applicants will need to complete the standard UCAS application procedure. In addition, applicants should contact Graham Holloway with a letter expressing their interest in applying, a CV which should include the names of two referees, and a brief outline of why they think that they should be awarded the scholarship (no more than 500 words).

For more details on allowances  please see the UKOTA website www.ukota.org or contact  Kedell Worboys, Chair of the UKOTA Scholarship Working Group via email: shgukrep@sthelenagov.com or Tel: +44 (0) 207 031 0314 Fax +44 (0) 207 031 0315

For further information on UKOTA and details of allowances go to: www.ukota.org

For further information on modules please follow the link:   http://www.rdg.ac.uk/biologicalsciences/ug/biosci-ugappliedecologyconservation.asp

For further information on the School of Biological Sciences go to www.reading.ac.uk/biologicalsciences

For further information on the University of Reading, including information on accommodation, student services, etc, go to: www.reading.ac.uk

To apply follow the links to:

http://www.ucas.ac.uk/

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/ApplyingForAHigherEducationCourse/DG_10013229

 

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