Engineering Geology - Geology Graduates - University of Derby

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"My time at Derby was an interesting and enjoyable one, providing me with the vital knowledge, skills and sense of direction to pursue my career".

Matthew Barber

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Currently: I have been working for Stent Foundations for the past six years, who are one of the major piling contractors in the UK (and part of Balfour Beatty).

"We're one of the major piling contractors in the UK (part of Balfour Beatty). I've been running contracts up and down the country from as far north as Middlesborough, to as far south as Swansea and Portishead. The work is geology related but with a touch of engineering work, which I've had to learn along the way! I've actually just finished a four month working stint in Dubai and am hoping in the near future to work in Hong Kong."

Graduated: 2002, BSc (Hons) Geology, 2:2. 

Marc Protheroe

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Currently: Assistant Engineering Geologist, Mott MacDonald.

"My time at Derby was an interesting and enjoyable one, providing me with the vital knowledge, skills and sense of direction to pursue my career. I'm working under a joint venture partnership managing the highways around Bristol and the southwest. All of this would not have been possible without the sound background, skills and knowledge acquired through studying at Derby."

Graduated: 2002, BSc (Hons) Geology, Third Class. 

Christian Dodge

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Currently: Assistant Geomatics Surveyor and GIS Officer for Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

"My study at the University of Derby gave me many thoroughly enjoyable experiences that allowed me to express my full academic potential and prepared me for employment in geotechnical and geospatial engineering in Local Government."

Graduated: 2008, BSc (Hons) Geology, 2:1.

What are you doing now?

"I am an Assistant Consultant Civil Engineer at Entec/Amec Environment & Infrastructure. I provide Geotechnical engineering support for large construction developments, mainly waste facilities and highway projects."

What did you think of the BSc (Hons) Geology course?

"The course provided me with a solid grounding in engineering geology and interpretation of differing geological settings. At A level it was the only subject I was good at with little effort. The academics at Derby noticed I had potential in this subject. Unlike other Institutions Derby are not dismissive of candidates with low A level grades in subjects not related to their."

What would you say to anyone thinking of studying here?

"I recommend you come to Derby for the best student environment and the newest University facilities."

What are your plans for the future?

"My plans are to become a chartered civil engineer and chartered geologist."

Graduated: 2008, BSc (Hons) Geology, 2:1.

David James Barraclough

Currently: Working at Lanson Developments Ltd

"Studying geology at Derby has given me the confidence to work in a wide variety of construction based careers. The knowledge and skills I gained are key to understanding the difficulties encountered during construction. Geotechnical training gave me the ability to analyse and communicate site report information so construction choices can be made. I most enjoyed the fieldwork parts of the course, specifically field mapping as it gave me the opportunity to apply what I had learnt practically. I also found working with lab equipment and geological techniques interesting as they open up a new way of producing, displaying and thinking about geology at large." 

Graduated: BSc (Hons) Geology (2:2) 

Alistair Willis

Currently: I am currently working for a small surveying company called Greenhatch Group in Little Eaton, Derby as a Geospatial Engineering Surveyor. We create detailed plans of areas of land/buildings for architects, planners and engineers using the latest laser total stations (theodoiltes) and 3D laser scanners. The company has a number of divisions (topographical, engineering, scanning and building). I work for the building division as a senior surveyor creating detailed floor plans, sections and elevations for the development of these buildings. Being a senior surveyor I spend a lot of time in the office drawing up the projects on AutoCAD.

"I have to say that my three years at Derby were the best three years of my life so far. I've kept in contact with many of my friends I made on the course and see them regularly. I think the one main aspect of the course that has benefited me in my current career is the attention to detail. The geological field books that we had to keep taught me to be precise and to the point and I think the fact that the books were marked emphasized this. Being a building surveyor I have to be very precise with the data that I collect, as there can be so much and I'm grateful for the way we were taught to keep the field books, even if I couldn't see it at the time! I think my favorite aspect of the course were the field trips away, whether they were local day trips or week long excursions. It gave everyone, students and lecturers a chance to get to know each other which I think helps in the general tuition as I felt more at ease with everyone. I think it especially helped if I needed help from lecturers with a subject matter as I felt they were more approachable."

Graduated: 2000, BSc (Hons) Geology, Third class.