Louise Cox, BSc (Hons) Zoology
What are you doing now?
I’m currently working in an ecological consultancy as an Assistant Ecologist which involves conducting phase 1 habitat and protected species surveys to determine population levels and habitat loss to shape if and on what conditions a development can go ahead.
What were the main reasons you took the course?
I took the course because I wanted to start a career in conservation, competition is extremely tough for jobs in this sector so you must be able to stand out from the crowd. Jobs in ecology also require a BSc as a minimum due to the technical report writing aspects of the job.
Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?
I chose to study at the University of Derby because it had the best range of optional modules which meant I could tailor my degree to my own specific needs. I also knew that the University employed well known and respected people in ecology such as Debbie Alston who helped to write The Mammals of Derbyshire book.
What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?
Studying at Derby fast tracked my career into ecology, the modules in Habitat Management and Ecological Consultancy really helped to prepare me for a job as an Ecological Consultant.
How did the lecturers inspire you?
The enthusiasm and level of caring from the lecturers pushes you to work your hardest to achieve good grades and to gain as much work experience outside of University as possible.
How do you feel the University has helped you in your career so far?
The best aspect of going to Derby was the extent that lecturers are willing to help you in your career, for example Mark Bulling who teaches statistics referred interested students to a bat ecologist who was willing to provide work experience and our first foot in the door for consultancy. Another student was able to gain extremely valuable insect ID skills and work experience by asking the labs if he could assist in his spare time.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are to return to the University of Derby to conduct a PhD in bat behaviour, if possible I would eventually like to assist in lectures of current BSc students as my ultimate goal is to be a University lecturer.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?
I would say definitely come to an Open Day and get a real feel for the University, talk to your potential lecturers and explore the campus and you’ll fall in love with the place.
Who are you still in touch with from University of Derby?
I am still in touch with Mark Bulling who has agreed to be my supervisor for my PhD.