Tom Tyler, from Shropshire, graduated in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) Countryside and Environmental Management. We interviewed him just before his final exams.
Did you find our open day useful when you were choosing which university to study at?
The first thing I noticed on the open day was how friendly everyone was. It really helped me decide that Harper Adams was the place for me.
Why did you choose to study at Harper Adams?
Not only is it local to me, but I knew of its fantastic reputation even before I started looking for universities.
What have been the highlights of your course?
I have really enjoyed both the field courses to Slapton Ley and Anglesey.
What skills/knowledge have you gained that will be useful after you graduate?
I now have a greater understanding on how the countryside works in general, as well as the increasing pressures surrounding it.
What sort of projects have you been involved in?
My dissertation looked at Great Crested Newt mitigation projects surrounding the Old Canal in Shrewsbury.
How would you describe Harper Adams?
A friendly, fun and professional institution.
And the teaching?
Very approachable and they’re always willing to help.
What’s the most useful facility on campus?
The library has a wealth of knowledge and the staff inside are fantastic.
What’s your favourite SU activity?
I always enjoyed the Freshers, Christmas and Summer Balls. But I also loved foam party nights!!!
Have you explored Shropshire and beyond campus?
Having lived in Shropshire my entire life I know my way around the county! My favourite places are Much Wenlock, Clun, Carding Mill Valley and Shrewsbury in general!
Did you get involved in any external groups?
During my placement year I was involved with a local amphibian group from which my great crested newt data was acquired.
Where did you spend your placement year?
I was with Shrewsbury Town Council’s Countryside Unit as an Assistant Ranger. I helped to manage over 20 sites in Shrewsbury, ranging from community woodlands to Local Nature Reserves.
What would you do in a typical day?
For me no two days were the same. Depending on the time of year we could be grass cutting, restoring paths, felling trees etc. The best thing about placement was being outdoors virtually 24/7! After placement I know what I want do for a career - I cannot be sat behind a desk that’s for sure!