Kate Green, BA Geography and Planning
Why did you choose to study Geography and Planning?
I wanted to specialise in something and I thought planning was the right choice for me. I have always had an interest in the way urban and rural environments are created and managed for the people who live in them.
What have you enjoyed most about the course?
I enjoyed my masters year the most due to the practical experience we were encouraged to pursue. I enjoyed the varying types of coursework from a historic character appraisal to the submission of a planning statement as it gave me an opportunity to gauge which aspects of planning I enjoyed. These varying assessments have stood me in great stead ready for employment.
What has been your favourite module?
Implementation and Design Quality as I really enjoyed producing the design statement. It allowed us to be creative by exploring a range of design possibilities for our site. I feel the end-product really helped me in getting my job.
Can you sum up your overall experience of being a UWE student?
I’ve really enjoyed my time at UWE Bristol. Being a campus university it’s easy to get to and has everything in one place. There are a number of areas to study depending on what you like best, with quiet sections in the library and group areas in faculty blocks. There is something for everyone in terms of societies depending on what you want to do. The city and course are both great, and there’s always so many people to meet.
UWE, and the careers team, really help us to plan for life after university. This includes promoting job opportunities, looking through our CVs and giving us mock interviews.
What are your plans after you graduate?
I have seven weeks off before taking up a graduate planning role at Bilfinger GVA in Birmingham.
What tips would you give to students about to start at university?
Say yes to everything and figure out how to do it along the way. You learn from mistakes and will remember the experience better for future reference. Ask questions, you will make more friends. Don’t be afraid to go to events on your own.