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Michael Potter

Michael Potter

  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
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 Student/Alumni profile 

Course studied: BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
Graduating year: 2012
Job: RSPB, raising money to safeguard our wildlife.

Michael Potter graduated in Environmental Science at Bath Spa University in 2012. He continued his education at the University of Birghton, with an MSc in Environmental Management and Impact Assessment. He is passionate about safeguarding our wildlife and educating people on protecting and preserving our wildlife and environment. 

Michael's Bath Spa story

The course helped build up my wildlife knowledge which is essential for my current job. It also gave me a broad knowledge of the environment and environmental processes which is helpful for understanding the problems facing wildlife. I particularly enjoyed the environmental consultancy and biodiversity assessment modules as these gave good practical information and experiences.

"Engineer your degree to be what you want. It only begins in the classroom. Enjoy the university lifestyle as it only usually happens once."

What have you done since graduating from Bath Spa?

After graduating I went straight back into education; I wasn't finished studying! I completed an MSc in Environmental Management and Impact Assessment at the University of Brighton. I did a bit of traveling after graduating from my MSc, inter-railing around Europe. I worked part-time as a furniture salesman during my degrees, which helped me develop my communication and interpersonal skills.

What is your current job/role?

I currently work for the RSPB raising money to safeguard our wildlife. I also make people aware of the problems facing nature and encourage them to help wildlife in their gardens. Another enjoyable aspect of my job is to mentor colleagues in the role, encouraging them to reach their potential.

Typical day in the current job...

Setting up a stand and a banner with lots of visual information and cute cuddly animals. I visit different places around the south west and I don't where I'm going to be from one week to the next. I then chat to people that pass by informally about wildlife. I might ask questions such as "when was the last time you saw a hedgehog?" "what do you love about wildlife?" "do you feed the birds in your garden?". I then lead a conversation and tell them how they can help wildlife.

Most favourite part of your current job?

I love opening people's eyes to what's going on with wildlife and changing perceptions. It's also great to encourage young minds to be interested in wildlife and nature. The job always keeps me on my toes as no two days are the same and I never know who I'm speaking too(!). It great to be always learning through other people's experiences.

How did your course at Bath Spa help to prepare you for employment?

The course helped build up my wildlife knowledge which is essential for the job. It also gave me a broad knowledge of the environment and environmental processes which is helpful for understanding the problems facing wildlife. I particularly enjoyed the environmental consultancy and biodiversity assessment modules as these gave good practical information and experiences.

Top tip(s)/advice for current Bath Spa Biologists/Environmental Scientists?

You only get out what you put in! Engineer your degree to be what you want. It only begins in the classroom. Enjoy the university lifestyle as it only usually happens once.

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