Lindsay Leyden, BSc Conservation and Ecology

Student profile

“I came here because the lecturers are engaged in current research, because there’s a lot of hands-on, field-based study, and for the fantastic location and sustainable ethos of the campus. After my first visit, I knew this was where I wanted to study. The number of Bioscience lecturers that attended and talked to prospective students ‘sealed the deal', as did a mature Student Ambassador.

Location was crucial. Other than Bristol, all the other universities I visited or applied to were on or near the coast. I wanted to be able to enjoy as well as study the local environment, flora and fauna. The Cornwall Campus and the surrounding area are head and shoulders above all the other universities I visited.

I was amazed at the opportunities available. I’ve already completed my Exeter Award, am employed by the University as a Student Ambassador, have created a successful Bee Society, and am now setting up a pollinator research charity. There was also the chance to volunteer with various organisations and study in Mongolia with the Zoological Society. All these opportunities, plus the support I’ve needed, were made possible by people within the University. You're encouraged to build up your skill set from the moment you start, there's no excuse not to have your CV packed with skills that ensure you stand out from the crowd”.
Lindsay Leyden, BSc Conservation Biology and Ecology, Cornwall Campus