Ben McIlwane - MSc Conservation Biology
Name: Ben McIlwane
Postgraduate degree: MSc Conservation Biology
What are you doing now?
I have started a PhD at Cranfield University where I am developing a drone based early warning surveillance system to help protect costal nuclear power stations from marine bloom events (predominantly jellyfish and seaweed).
Why did you choose to study at the University of Derby?
I really liked the idea of advancing the knowledge and skills that I learnt whilst reading Zoology at Derby, and after building many strong relationships with the academic staff I felt very at home within the College of Life and Natural Sciences.
What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?
The MSc Conservation Biology course really helped to provide me with a range of practical and real-world skills - particularly statistics, learning how to write a research paper, and developing presentation skills (amongst many others).
How did the lecturers inspire you?
By supporting my learning throughout the course, being very approachable and (very obviously) keen to see the cohort do well. Not something that can be found at all other universities!
How do you feel Postgraduate study has helped you in your career so far?
It has, without a doubt, helped prepare me for my PhD in so many various ways. Too many to list! I will always have very fond memories of my studies at Derby.
What are your future plans?
To complete my PhD and move into lecturing, or possibly progress into industry. I am currently undecided!
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?
I would highly recommend it, I am so glad that I studied this course at Derby
Who are you still in touch with from the University of Derby?
I have the contact details for all my lecturers at the University of Derby and I would not hesitate to contact them if I needed to.