Dates are being revised due to Covid-19

During your four night stay at Millport you will have the opportunity to take part in a range of interactive workshops and courses, gaining qualifications and skills essential in the work place. Working across every discipline and department in the field centre you will develop transferable skills to provision you well in the jobs market after graduation. Interpersonal skills will be developed through workshops and a community engagement project in Millport town. You will undertake a manual handling course with scientific equipment and an overview of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations, framed within the context of environmental monitoring.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a food hygiene course and work with the hospitality team to gain practical experience in the preparation of sustainably sourced ingredients. You will undertake a CV building workshop to enhance your career prospects when leaving university and a session on scientific writing, including how to correctly reference sources. To complement these skills, opportunities for public speaking will be incorporated into the course and risk assessments will be introduced to prepare you for any activity you could be responsible for undertaking.

There will be a session on animal welfare and conservation, including an overview of current environmental legislation in the UK. You will undertake a boat trip aboard our research vessel R.V. Actinia around the coastal waters of the island where you can hope to see dolphin, porpoise and much more. You will have the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the Robertson Museum and Aquarium (onsite) and to develop an exhibit of your choice.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 3 and 30 participants.

Tutor: Jack Lucas

Jack is an experienced professional marine ecologist with broad range of field skills and scientific knowledge. With a focus on marine mammals and seabirds, Jack has worked all over the world on research projects studying these animals in their natural habitats. Jack was formerly the Senior Tutor at FSC Millport, where he led the provision of science, wildlife and outdoor activity courses to learners of all ages. He has taught seabird, marine mammal and other wildlife courses at FSC centres for the last 6 years and has an in-depth knowledge of the sites and species that feature in his courses. His love of marine megafauna is channelled through his teaching, where learners will discover how they too can get involved with these amazing creatures! Jack currently lives on the west coast of Scotland, and when back on land he can usually be found in the highlands or the islands, photographing wildlife or engaging in a variety of outdoor activities!

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport

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