Laura Kerr graduates with a BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology and Management after spending four years at Stirling, where she benefitted from a four-week placement with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and a field trip to Portugal.
“From the placement to the residential field courses, I learned numerous practical and research skills that can simply not be learned in the classroom. Stirling is unique in offering such a variety of field courses – with destinations including Iceland, France and Gabon.
“In Portugal, we led our own research projects and, from this, I learned not only skills related to my course, but the value of international collaboration too.”
Laura also appreciated the “stellar and inspiring teaching” at the University, adding: “My lecturers have always been approachable, dedicated, and it is clear how much they care about the students.”
The 21-year-old, from Argyll and Bute, found time to enjoy student life – joining a number of the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies, serving as President of the Women in STEM Society and Secretary of the Science Society.
“Getting involved with these societies enhanced my knowledge of my industry and also provided me with a network of potential career connections and contacts.”
Laura, who describes her time at Stirling as “rewarding, character building and welcoming, is staying on for a further year to study a MSc Environmental Management.