Green activist Melanie on returning to learning


After ten years away from the classroom, Melanie Johnson has returned to University to study MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management on a part-time basis.

“Since studying geophysics at Southampton University several years ago, I’ve wanted to return to my studies for a while, but it’s been difficult to find the right time. Finding a geophysics job that’s compatible with family life and not on a boat or based in Scotland, has also been difficult! However, the main barrier to returning to study was financial – I needed to be really sure this was the right course for me, that it would benefit my career ambitions and that I could get a job at the end of it.

“After ten years away from the classroom, I was worried about returning to an academic environment, how to submit work using new software, plagiarism issues, and referencing, etc. However, I needn’t have worried – my tutors have been very reassuring. Our first assignment is a ‘dummy’ one, where we’ll be practising how to submit work and learning referencing skills.”

“I am also getting dyslexia support with the Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS), and the staff within this team are really helpful too.

“As a green activist I’m hoping that this Masters course will lead to a job that matches my knowledge and passions. Aside from this, I’m really looking forward to mixing with like-minded people who want to learn and bounce ideas off each other.”

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