The Biodiversity, Conservation and Management MSc/MPhil course announces the winner of its first ever popular science writing prize.
Cathy Clegg (2017) is presented with her First Prize certificate by Course Director, Dr Paul Jepson.
The £100 prize, which was judged by Geographical journalists Laura Cole and Chris Fitch, was awarded to Cathy Clegg for her blog entry 'Seal or Salmon? Sustainable meat with an adorable face'. The judges commended Cathy on her "engaging" and "soul-searching" piece of writing, with a "crystal clear structure" which held her readers' attention well.
'Agriculture and "Land-sparing versus Land-sharing" in a Post-Brexit Britain' by Charlotte Wheeler and 'Sleepwalking towards Armageddon? We need more long-term ecological studies' by Douglas Boyes were both Highly Commended by the judges.
This prize was introduced to underline the importance of popular science writing as a key transferable skill. Students studying for the MSc/MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management receive training in this area which includes a blog writing exercise and a popular science writing masterclass led by Laura and Chris from Geographical Magazine.
Blog entries from all students in 2018 can be read on the class blog at www.mscbiodiverity.org.