Irene Amoke

After studying Zoology in Kenya, I worked as an assistant research scientist with the Kenya Wildlife Service working on elephant conservation as well as assisting in environmental impact assessments.

The Environmental Assessment and Management course at Brookes offered a comprehensive course outline which emphasised ecosystem management, planning and environmental principles. Brookes also came highly recommended by the British Council as having one of the best planning departments in the UK.

The course was intensive and very hands on. The field trips and practicals were really challenging and prepared me for work in 'the real world'. Teamwork was important in working to deadlines. The best aspect was working with lecturers from diverse backgrounds, and the talks from environmental professionals and the research seminars provided an opportunity to learn more about research activities. There was a lot of support and advice on career paths.

I stayed on to work at Brookes as an assistant researcher, and I also worked with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in London.