Welcome to the blog of the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Northampton. This will keep you up to date with both student and staff activities.

The Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences includes staff with interests in biological sciences, conservation, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental statistics, geography and waste management. We offer a range of degree programmes and have a number of postgraduate research students. For more information about studying with us please visit http://www.northampton.ac.uk/.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Science without Borders

Aline Coelho, Cassia Broca, Giordana Flor, Edvania Rocha and Matheus Passos; Science Without Border sStudents

Science without Borders is a Brazilian Government scholarship programme which aims to send 101,000 Brazilian students on undergraduate sandwich courses, PhD sandwich courses and full PhDs to study in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and creative industries at top universities worldwide.

The UK is well-known for its high level of education and some of the best universities in the world are located here. This alone is enough to be convinced about which country we wanted to choose to study in. Furthermore, as a unique opportunity to experience living abroad, studying in the UK allowed us to live amongst a society of great cultural diversity we had never seen, which has enriched our perception of the world.

We have chosen the University of Northampton as it has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence for waste management education and research. Indeed all the team of lecturers are well prepared and experienced, both in academic and industrial terms, giving us confidence that the knowledge learnt here will be fully applied to our professional future.

Beside this, the University has a good support structure, and special attention is given to international students. If we could bring back to Brazil some of them, we would say that the Tutorial Scheme, Academic Librarian Support and CfAP (Centre for Achievement and Performance) are very welcome. The Student Union (SU) provide very well for students’ needs. We hang out at SU events and always have a good time. We also highlight the support that we received from the university Welcome Team. It was essential when we first arrived here. We were able to do many activities such as movie nights, sports days and day trips. 

The town of Northampton itself is very pleasant to live in and well located. Thus we have had the opportunity to travel to many cities nearby such as London, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Oxford. There are so many beautiful parks, like the Racecourse Park in front of Avenue Campus; we wonder how it will look covered in white, when the snow comes. By the way it will be our first time seeing snow; and we are looking forward to it! 

Finally, it has been a wonderful experience to study and live in Northampton. We have met so many nice people. Moreover, we acquired personal and professional knowledge that we will bring to all our lives. 

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