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Michaela Coote

  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
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 Student/Alumni profile 

Course studied: BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
Graduating year: 2013

Michaela Coote graduated with a BSc Environmental Science at Bath Spa University in 2013. He is currently working in a bar whilst simultaneously focussing on his masters degree from the University of Iceland in Environment and Natural Resources.

"Pursue things that interest you and work hard at them. If these things seem random at the time, don’t worry, they will all come together in the end."

What have you done since graduating?

After leaving Bath Spa, I was accepted into a two-year masters degree at the University of Iceland in Environment and Natural Resources, and I am now half-way through. It is an interdisciplinary degree so I take courses from all faculties of the University and have also spent six weeks at the University of Oslo studying the Arctic at their International Summer School.

I am about to begin my thesis specialising in the inclusion of traditional knowledge in environmental agreements created by the Arctic Council. I am also the University of Iceland’s student representative for the University of the Arctic.

What is your current job?

I work in a bar here in my free time for some spending money and also just for fun!

Typical day in the current job?

It’s currently summer here so I go to work, give people drinks, go home, do some work on my thesis, maybe go swimming...

… least favourite part?

Being on my feet for 10 hours a day and having no energy to write my thesis when I get home.

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

The Environmental Science course at Bath Spa gave me all the skills I needed for this masters and in fact I was much more prepared than many of my fellow classmates, being able to undertake a wide range of tasks from GIS to statistics (thank you, Darrel!!) to ethnobotany.

The course at BSU also gave me a good basis from which I could explore my interests further from and I have now been able to specialise in something that suits me very well. I gained an excellent understanding of practical techniques, which has given me a better understanding of how scientific evaluation is undertaken and environmental policy created.

The course also prepared me to work hard and be an independent thinker, which has greatly helped me in my curricular and extracurricular activities, including my work in the bar.

Best memory of your time at Bath Spa?

All the fieldwork, working in the greenhouse and in the lab for my Dissertation.

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

Pursue things that interest you and work hard at them. If these things seem random at the time, don’t worry, they will all come together in the end. Work hard, live life to the full, exercise and eat well (preferably vegetarian).

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