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University of Aberdeen looks to rebrand environmental courses

Published: Saturday, 10 October 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Aberdeen is transforming some of its environmental courses in a bid to boost their appeal to prospective students.

Its forestry courses have declined in popularity so new plans will see teaching included under a much broader environmental management course.

The top class teaching will remain but it is hoped operating “under a new title” will help encourage people to consider careers in the discipline.

Michelle Pinard, Director of teaching at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, said dwindling uptake numbers for forestry are common across many higher education institutions.

Describing the numbers of people that apply for the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as “relatively low”, she spoke of the need to appeal to a broader audience.

Environmental management courses have been found to have this wider appeal which is why the university is now looking in to how it can best restructure its forestry teaching.

Ms Pinard said the institution wants to embed the study into its broader programmes which should enable tem to “deliver a sustainable and attractive diversity of courses under a new title”.

The restructuring is viewed as a chance to “revitalise and refocus” the curriculum at the university which will help create graduates that are ready for the world of work.

This is highly sought-after by businesses and should make graduates immediately more employable.

Ms Pinard added the university remains committed to its forestry courses, which are accredited at industry recognised standards for those students that perform strongly.

Many forestry courses are broad in their approaches in order to provide a number of opportunities following university, so the decision made by Aberdeen should only enhance employment opportunities further.

Grad Plus has a wide range of environmental consultancy graduate jobs as well as other roles in related areas for those looking to start their careers

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