Chris has a wealth of experience which he has used to develop the range of Environmental Conservation programmes at UCBB.
Working towards a masters degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, Chris has worked extensively with conservation groups and other voluntary sector organisations, such as The Conservation Volunteers and Hull CVS. He is currently involved in national research projects focused on bio-diversity and sustainability, that students get the opportunity to participate in.
Chris has worked at University Centre Bishop Burton (UCBB) for 12 years, teaching across both Further Education and Higher Education courses. He is currently our Programme Leader for Environment and Conservation.
He holds a BA (Hons) in Zoology, and is currently working towards a Masters degree in Wildlife, Biology and Conservation. After spending time working in secondary education teaching Science, Chris moved into youth and community work, as a Community Millennium Volunteer Coordinator at Hull CVS and as a Conservation Volunteer with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), collaborating with local communities to care for green spaces.
Chris leads on, and has carefully developed over the years, the range of Environmental Conservation programmes here at the college.
“Through my work as a teacher I’m able to exercise my passion for educating students and the wider public about diversity and the climate crisis. Equipping students with the skills needed to mould and shape public awareness and protect our environment for the future is massively rewarding.”
Currently, Chris is working on a national SOS project surrounding sustainability. The research focusses on habitat bio-diversity, examining the relationship between earth worm populations and birds and mammals through recorded surveys. Students have had the opportunity to collaborate on this national project, improving their technical and academic skills in the process.
“One of the great things about our conservation courses here at UCBB is the small class sizes. Working together in smaller groups really allows the students to gel together whilst working on their projects and outdoor work. I also get to know them well through close collaboration, and understand their learning styles, needs, and goals.”