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Geography, geology and environment placements

In recent years, students have been successful in competing for positions advertised nationally such as with the Department for Energy and Climate Change, with Transport for London, the Field Studies Council and at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. Other students have secured placements with environmental firms and consultancies (working on energy assessments and water network planning), with a multi-national telecommunications company (developing environmental policies and actions), at a renewable energy research centre in Spain and working with the Sustainable Development Unit within the University.

The types of placement positions students are offered within these organisations are for example as Environmental Affairs Assistants, Trainee Energy Consultants or Environmental Campaign Assistants. The Department for Energy and Climate Change host placements which run across energy consumption statistics, oil and gas information systems and electricity, gas and coal statistics.

Some students may also have access to data and materials through their placement that they go on to use in their final year projects.

Find out more

For more information please contact Dr Jenny Elliot.

    Dr Jenny Elliot
    Principal Lecturer in Geography
    School of Environment and Technology
    University of Brighton
    Lewes Road
    BN2 4GJ

    Phone 01273 642568
    Fax 01273 642285

A placement student's perspective


Undertook my placement at the university's sustainability unit after being involved in their projects throughout my second year. The work I did was so varied, self-directed and free and was a great space to learn and put into practice my previous learning. Many of the projects I worked on were my own, and all of them were relevant to my values and interests. The placement has really shaped the way I approach my third year and has given me greater confidence in my studies. I would highly recommend a placement year to anyone, particularly because the range of work you are able to do is only limited by your imagination.

Tim Warin, Environmental Science, L6, 2011