The focus of the Institute of Earth Systems essentially lies with Earth Systems: earth and life sciences, and the human dimension, policy, frameworks and governance. Our Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems is a three-year degree course. It adopts a holistic and integrated approach to study our planet. And it’s geared for people with a variety of interests. For instance, I joined the course with A Levels in Business and Art and Languages, and I had absolutely no scientific background. It provides students with sound scientific grounding which is crucial for environmental management and planning. This course gives you the skills needed to continue going on to a Master’s or a Ph.D. I started working immediately as an Environment Officer with the Government, and I’m actually really happy doing that! I still had to use the skills that I got from the course. The emphasis is on developing an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented approach. Field work forms an integral part of the course. Students are able to appreciate the applicability of what they hear, what they talk about, or they read about, at University within the lecture halls. At the end of the day, we’re preparing students for the professional world. It also prepares them for some of the field trips we run overseas to: Sicily, to – at the moment – Iceland, and to Madeira. In summer there are a number of internships with governmental entities, private companies, NGOs. Being student rep on the board of the Institute has given a great opportunity to meet lecturers in a more relaxed manner, but in the same way getting to see what happens in these board meetings. Representing the students of our course gives a great sense of pride. The course helped me make a lot of connections. It helped me better present myself. If I had to go back, I would still choose this course.