Matthew Bellhouse -
Date sent: 29 Sep 2000
have got myself a job as a driller for a local environmental
investigation company in an attempt to gain the all important
experience needed in the field; I am hoping to make it as an
Adam Beresford-Browne -
sent: Wed, 8
treating you? Very well I hope.
I am living in Cardiff these
days, working for URS (formerly Dames & Moore)
hydrogeologist. Mostly contaminated land stuff - borehole
health and safety plans, water sampling, etc -
ironic really seeing as cont
land was one of my worst
I am writing for three reasons; firstly to say
hello; second to ask if and
when you guys have a field trip to
South Wales as I would love to meet up
for a beer one of the
evenings that you are near Cardiff (Barry Island?);
and lastly to
ask if you have any contact details for Clare Heyday as I
lost touch with her, Gaz and Tony.
+44 2920 465 960 (Phone)
2920 465 961 (Fax)
Date sent: 22.09.06
I have been working in Pakistan and will soon be
moving to Dubai to set up a new office for Zenith in the role of
regional manager, but no work in Qatar as yet. Aside from that, I
would still enjoy meeting Brian before I emigrate as I'm certain he
could give me plenty of good advice - do you think he'd like a chat
over a beer sometime?
I was in Pakistan (Karachi) last week, is that when the meeting was? I
think I may not be officially registered to the GSL Hydro Group as I
don't get emails about meetings... Time to sort that out I think!
On other news, I got married on 19th August in the Lake District. My
wife, Libby, is an occupational therapist who has brought a great
amount of joy and purpose into my sad, geeky life :O) We're going to
be moving to Dubai in about 6 to 8 weeks, assuming all the application
processes run smoothly.
Zenith (Bath) is doing well; we've just taken on Ali Curry, a geology
graduate from Cardiff (who now do MSc Hydro apparently), and Stephen
Smith, a hydrogeology graduate (not sure where as he doesn't start
until next week). When I joined, there were only 5 of us. Now there
are 8. Not massive growth for 3 years, but not bad. Duncan is still
here sometimes, but mainly spends his days at his French home, kicking
back with glasses of fine red wine. Good on him.
How are you keeping? And has Mike Chaplin become a Dad?
Any news of
the other members of the old guard?
Great to hear from you, hope to catch up before we emigrate.
Adam Beresford-Browne BSc (Hons) MSc FGS
Regional Manager (Africa, Middle East & Asia)
Zenith International Ltd
7 Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AB, United Kingdom
t +44 (0)1225 327900 dir +44 (0)1225 327964 f +44 (0)1225 327901 e
firstname.lastname@example.org w zenithinternational.com
specialist consultants to the food and drink industries worldwide
Karl Blanke - 7
sent: 7 Jul 2001
I got the job with/
Geo-Services. I fly up to Aberdeen
start my training. So if all
goes well by the 21/07/01 I
should be a fully trained
Mud-Logger on an oil rig in the
Duncan Cook -
sent: 22 Nov
I am doing ok, still working
Hyder in Bristol - getting good experience in contaminated
land and general
evaluation/investigation. I have mainly
been involved in IPPC
work in recent months - Phase 1 and 2 assessments in
aid of IPPC
applications for companies such as St Regis Paper and
Socially I still see Liz, Carl, Sam
and Steph Parker and very occasionally
hear from Claire (all of
us are still in the environmental, geotechnical,
Anyway I have decided that I have a hunger for some
further studying for
self benefit and career progression. So I
want to apply for MSc's next year
at Reading and Nottingham.
Date sent: 5 Apr 2002
I have driven over 1800 miles in
last two weeks visiting MOD RAF installations, looking at
seeking out livestock (that's one way of putting
Liz (Howse) now has a job with BAE on their
Steph is doing well getting further pay rises and company
cars from AMEC
Carl is currently knocking about Fareham but
intending to do some more GTEC
Claire has brought a
house up north and I don't hear from her much
I am pondering my
future with respect to MScs etc (Nottingham offered me
Hyder Consulting Ltd
Tel. (0117) 9881523
Date sent: 31 May 2006
Thought that I would drop you an e-mail as I have not been back to
Portsmouth for a long time. Currently reviewing development proposals
for a Tannery in Milborne Port, and noticed an appraisal report which
you completed in 1998 - funny to think I was studying at Portsmouth
when you completed this work!
Anyway I am still down in Somerset and nearly half way through the
Masters course i am doing at Nottingham with Paul Nathanail although I
really think I will move on when I graduate (Abroad I hope!).
Currently considering project ideas and considering evaluating
composite sampling techniques, also have a few other ideas which I
have discussed with the Land Quality centre at the Agency in Solihull.
As for others; Stephen Parker is working for Legal & General as a CSR
consultant, Carl Price has moved to QDS, Gavin Rodway still at Celtic,
Liz Howse is training as a geography teacher but not sure about the
Will try and call in to portsmouth some day and if you have any
glaring obvious decent project ideas then please let me know.
Duncan Cook - AEG 2000
Contaminated Land Officer
South Somerset District Council
Tel. (01458) 257483
Fax. (01458) 257482
Mob. 07971 175462
James Goodman -
I have spent the last 5 years working for an
environmental consultancy in
London. Initially my work focused on
Microsoft Access development with
linkages to CAD representations
of environmental data in Microstation, but
this rapidly moved
into GIS and SQL Server development. I have developed
solutions on Microstation Geographics, Intergraph GeoMedia,
and my personal
favourite ArcGIS. In addition to this I have
developed a number of solutions
using .NET, ranging from ASP.NET
web applications to PDA data collection
applications. The latter
was used recently to collect all Biodiversity data
across much of
London Underground (LUL), as part of the TFL Biodiversity
for the whole of London. Throughout I have become progressively
specialized in SQL Server, and almost everything I have
worked on connected
back to SQL Server at some point. My plan is
to become ever more specialized
as my career progresses, and
hopefully gain SQL Server experience in
Elizabeth Howse - 10
Date sent: 04 Apr 2002
Just tried to ring yourself and Nick, but with no luck!
Hope you are well, and managing to keep all those students in order!
I've started a new job with BAE Systems, and they've already started
me on a recruitment drive!
I'm trying to find a special enthusiastic person to do a one year paid
placement with BAE. They can be a geologist/engineer/environmental
scientist with some interest in Contaminated Land. I know this is not
really you're field, but you could probably push me in the right
Anyway, i'll ring again later-or you can call me on 01296 652148.
Thanks for you time
AEG - 2000
Date - 11.04.06
Great to hear what everyone is up to these days! Thought I'd update my
I worked after graduating at Soil Mechanics for 2 years, then moved to BAe
Systems for about a year...then went back to Soil Mechanics in Wokingham for
another 2 years (In between all this I did a bit of travelling for 3 months
to Oz, NZ and Singapore). I worked as their Environmental Engineer and
worked all over the south east on lots of big SI jobs. I loved the job and
the people BUT I've decided to completely leave the rain and cold, and the
awful drillers tea behind and retrain as a secondary school Geography
I'm all finished in May this year - so I'm hopefully going to inspire the
next generation to all become Geology graduates! I am currently living with
my fiance Stephen in Richmond, and we're getting married next year.
For anyone that's reading this we really should organise a reunion!! It's
been 6 years!!
Take care everyone, lots of love Whizz xx (Elizabeth Howse)
Rehana Lothian -
sent: 15 Sep 2004
I am currently working in Ireland with Aurum
Exploration moving around
various projects, doing far too much
GIS and not enough rock licking.
I am working on a project at
the moment that may need some digital input or
checking of logs.
It's time consuming but at least you get to know the drill
really well! At the moment it's just an idea so don't go asking
students yet, I'm just sounding you out.
It may be
work for 2 students that would have a good knowledge of
names/abbreviations/assemblages and who have a good
knowledge of Excel and
have the patience to do it for a few days
with a good degree of accuracy. I
can't remember, is there a
mid-term break coming up? This might be the time
I've run it by one of the Directors and he's mulling it
over so can't say
more than that but tell me what you
Stephen Parker - 8
From: "Parker, Stephen" <Stephen.Parker@amec.com>
Date sent: 8 Jan 2003
Hi there Nick,
Good to hear from you - I trust you had a good holiday.
The SCI talk seemed to go really well and I used a case study on a
brownfield site in Portsmouth's Naval Base. The feedback I got from
some people in the audience, the organiser and from word of mouth
within my company was good, and I think I made a few people laugh
which some of the previous presenters had failed to do. It had its
dodgy moments where I was very honest about my experience of the EA
and Local Authorities but I dug my may out of it and left a few
thoughts for people to think about.
Liz Howse and Jo English were there, and so was Sam Dumbrell's boss
which was nice. Jo English was a bit surprised when I walked up to
the microphone - I think the last time I saw her my situation was very
Other than that things are going really well. I just got back from 3
weeks in Malaysia which was amazing and got an excellent pay rise too -
I never thought I could earn this much, in this field so quickly.
How is Portsmouth these days - has the AEG course closed down now, and
if so is there a replacement? Still going to Cyprus each year and if
so any funny tales since our trip? The university looks like it is
developing rapidly the last time I was down and I am glad to see all
that money I spent in the union bar is being utilised!
Any news about other postgrads I knew?
Cledward Price - 8
Date sent: 10 May 2003
Thanks for that job info, I will find it useful when I get a chance to
I have been working on a 'Bio-remediation' contract in Manchester,the
aim of which was simply to reduce TPH contamination of the soils from
6000ppm to 1000ppm.This was to involve turning the soil with various
media ie, bacteria and fertiliser. However problems have been
numerous. The contract was to last six weeks, we have been there for
ten so far. First and for- most the main contractor, a large 'muck
shifting' company can't grasp the concept of large volumes of soil
being left in one place for any period of time and so are very un-
helpful in for example, the maintenance of the treatment area.
Further-more, actions of theirs have caused damage to our 'windrow
turner' and so causing the machine to be out of action for 3 weeks (no
one claims responsibility). If we had full control of the operation
then these problems could have been avoided. Huge differences ( 10 x )
in lab results between us and the main contractor have stalled
progress further. If we don't have a base level to start from then we
can't select the appropriate media for treatment. We sampled the soil's
eight weeks ago and many times between and still our results conflict
and the labs can't give us a definitive answer.
Added to this is a growing distrust between us and the main
Hopefully that wasn't too boring for you!!!
Its beginning to bore me.
Changing the subject, have you heard from Anthoniou? I have e-mailed
him but no reply. If you have any news please let me Know.
Hopefully meet up soon
Claire Riding (Hayday) - 8
Wardell Armstrong LLP, Senior Environmental Geologist
Involved as part of a team working on projects primarily related to geotechnical and engineering investigations, but also projects related to shallow mineworkings, gas and leachate control systems. An active member of the Institute Mining Minerals and Metallurgy and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Attended the British Geomembrane Association (BGA) course on the design installation and CQA of HDPE/LLDPE geomembrane landfill lining systems.
Experienced in the preparation, administration and management of both tender documents and contracts documents.
Involved in the design of and planning application for a waste transfer station. Including waste transfer movement analysis, traffic impact analysis, compaction method analysis and overall site layout design.
The work involves developing a key awareness of the importance of Health and Safety in all aspects of site works and utilising this experience in the preparation of health and safety risk assessments for site works and post construction health and safety files.
Recent experience includes: Project management including, client management, liaison with the regulatory authorities, supervision of contracts for the construction of landfill cells and the capping of areas of completed landfill. Supervision of site works under the Specification for Highway Works of a major land reclamation and remediation scheme involving the construction of reinforced earth-retaining structures.
Gavin Rodway - 8
Date sent: 29 May 2003
I hope that everyone at the college is fine and well.
I thought that i'd drop you a quick line to let you
know what I'm up to.
I'm still with Celtic Technologies and at last getting a decent wage.
I'm working in Contam Land remediation and doing my own projects
now. I've been doing loads of different stuff such as
in-situ air sparging, vacuum extraction, ex-situ
bioremediation, dig and dumps and all the way down to
drainage investigation and site containment.
Just to let you know that the regeneration side is
looking for site technicians up to project managers.
if you know of anyone suitable tell them to check out
the website and they may get lucky.
Adam B-B and Chris Williams are working in Cardiff for
different consultancies, and Duncan Cook is off to
South America for a while, so we are all off to a party
in Bristol where Carl Price and Sam Dumbrell etc will be there.
Date sent : 10.10.06
Hope everything is fine and well.
I’m still working for Celtic in Cardiff as a remediation manager, I’ve been here 6 years now and time is flying by. I have been running some large projects for blue chip companies all over the country, these are generally on gasworks, electricity substations and old chemical tips. My job involves many aspects of brownfield remediation including, water treatment, HVE and SVE systems, bioremediation, in-situ and ex-situ stabilisation. I’ve been digging up gasworks for the past few months, mainly for bio works with a little water treatment, 25 000 m3 of excavations over the side of a very wet valley.
My family life is hectic, I have a two year old girl (Emily) and another baby that is due TODAY.
Adam glad to see your in Dubai, you’ve got my number call it, I’ve always fancied a trip out there. I’ve heard Sam Dumbrell has got a new job in Sussex county council. Dunc, Carl, Steve, Steve and Whizz, Claire, antonis, Rui and Kate, hope you are all doing well
Well cheers all, I must pop down to Portsmouth soon.
CELTIC Technologies Ltd
T: 029 2036 8636
F: 029 2036 8637
Jo Thomas - 7
Date sent: 19 Dec 2003
I was working as a lab technician
for a geotechnical lab, until March when they decided they needed an
extra graduate geologist/engineer so I changed over and started
doing site work and writing reports rather than mashing the soil
with palette knives for the plasticity index/limits.
Unfortunately, while the vast majority of people there were fine,
and the work was interesting, the boss wasn't so good with pay
reviews, providing contracts or training, so I started looking for
other jobs... several interviews, a couple of months and one
house-move later I'm working as geotechnical engineer for the
Nuneaton office of a company called Joynes Pike and Associates. And
really enjoying it!
John Almond - 8
Date sent: 20 Jan 2003
Just a quick e-mail whilst dodging work. Things are going ok, I think
anyway, work is a bit slow at the moment with several large being
cancelled at the last minute by tight councils but there you go. I
took your advice when we came to visit you last and asked for a pay
rise and surprisingly I got one (2000 pounds!!) which was handy. I am
not sure if this is the job for me as at the present I am only using a
small fraction of what I learnt at uni now and the rest is slipping
away fast. There is nothing taxing and the work is monotonous small
scale Site work followed by short reports. I am wondering whether to
change jobs but have to wait till Claire has got one first. She is
still working for BP on a contract basis and that finishes in a month
or so. Apparently she says the Reading hydro course could be in
trouble but you probably know that already. Anyhow hope things are
fine and will speak later
Antonis Arvonitis - 8
Date sent: 23 Apr 2004
How are you Nick.
I am now in the army serving in the eastern islands of the Aegean Sea.
I encountered a problem when I tried to get the Greek certificate for
my BSc. It seems that they can not find my name in the lists that the
University of Portsmouth send to them and they do not accept my
degree. If it is not a problem, can you send them (to the DIKATSA
organisation) a verification of my details and degree.
It is a bit urgent and because it takes a long time to go through
their paperwork, it is impossible to get a working license as a
geologist without going through the process.
Please contact me to inform me of any news about the matter.
Say hello to Mike Chaplin! Hope to come to see you in a year's time
when I'll finish.
Kate Atkinson -
Date: 29 Aug 2002
Following my contact with you last month
(re a job application and you being
a referee), I am pleased to
let you know that I got the job and began work
as a Laboratory
Technician a few weeks ago.
I work for a company called
Tarmac Ltd and my role involves taking a
sample of tarmac from
the back of the lorry (about 20kgs) as it leaves the
taking the temperature of it - usually around 170 degrees
centigrade), add methylene chloride (very dangerous stuff), boil
remaining bitumen, sieve the dried results and work out all
sorts of things
mathematically. I use a range of equipment from
centrifuge, to water bath
to shovel!! I also have a van and have
to drive around to various sites and
take samples of sand, gravel
etc (this involves running up scree piles of the
sand and gravel) with a scoop! Then its back to my lab for
Its all great fun, except for the hours - I
work 6am til 4pm and am currently
being trained near Bury St
Edmund's (1 hour 20 minutes away) but once
I'm trained I'm only
10 minutes away in Ampthill, which will be a relief.
Heather Bourne -
I graduated with BSc(Hons) Earth
Science in 2001 and then with a MSc
Geohazard Assessment in
I have been working for Peter Brett Associates since Nov
2002 as a
Visit our new website at:
12 May 2011
I hope you are well. As promised, please find below a brief synopsis of my own and Heather Bourne's working lives!
Heather and I worked in New Zealand for a little over two and a half years as noted in my previous email. We have now moved back to the UK and both work for WSP Environmental, myself in Central London and Heather in Basingstoke.
All the best.
EG&G 2004 and
ES 2001 & MSc Geo Haz Ass 2003
Scott Davies-Hearn - 8
Date sent: 15 Jun 2004
Good Afternoon Nick,
Thank you for sponsoring my GeolSoc Fellowship, which has now been accepted.
I popped in last week to say hello, must have just missed you, as I was on a conference
in Portsmouth. I saw an advert for Summer placement/Studentships with the RAF LQA
Team at RAF Innsworth.
I work with the team on various projects and if you have any interested students,I can
unofficially contact Wing Cdr Tim Farmer and mention any names for you before they
Let me know if I can be of any help.
* Environmental Sciences Dept,
Dstl Porton Down,
( +44 (0)1980 614249 DNet: (9)6801 4249
Fax+44 (0)1980 613139 DNet: (9)6801 3139
Sam Dumbrell - 10
Long time no speak, how you doing?
I've been working at West Sussex CC in Chichester since July 2006 as a Waste & Minerals Senior Planner having left the EA. Felt time was right for a move (and pay rise). The job is very challenging but great as am learning lots and should probably be doing a part-time MA/MSc in Planning from this September also. My EA career and degree help no end as they all cross over to a certain level here although the job is much more subjective than I am used to being a scientist by trade.
Lorraine, Yasmin (step-daughter), Max (my 2 yr old boy) and I are all still living in Worthing. I've been playing rugby for Shoreham RFC since September 2004, winning Sussex Central League 3 last season. We now sit in 3rd spot in Sussex West League 2 and are more than holding our own
Saw Carl Price in December at my surprise 30th birthday party, he seems well but I think looking to move from Portsmouth and change employer too. Haven't seen/spoken to Duncan Cook, Stephen Parker, Gavin Rodway, Rob Jones for a while but then I have been quite absorbed here and useless at updating all contact details etc.
Was looking at Geo/Hydro jobs in OZ online yesterday, some good ones out there and houses seem both huge and dirt cheap too - bit different to UK!
Anyway, that's a brief history. Hope you are well and hopefully we can all meet up sometime soon.
Richard Farmer -
sent: Fri, 26
Mr Mike Chaplin! how the devil
are you sir! tis richard
from an oil rig in sunny New Zealand...
whereupon going on an
aimless nostalgia surf around the
uni website i came across the
SEES dept and some
gloriously memory provoking photos of you and
notables mugs!! ha ha how are you all doing?? you all look
the same ...... or did you select younger photos??!...
although, thinking about it....it was only 5 years ago i
graduated....... seems a lot longer...hmmm
anyway i feel i owe some sort of thanks for the
patience and perseverance you gave me whilst
dragging me through
the course! So thanks. it is
appreciated... i think i would have
booted me off the
course several times over if i was in your
position..... but it
wasn't that i had no interest in the course
or couldn't cope
with the work or anything.... my problem was
distractions of student life..... i got a lot better
skateboarding in the 4 years though..
it was actually
due to skateboarding and one particularly
bad fall off it a few
months after uni that i stopped mucking
about long enough to get
my cv off to baker hughes and
subsequently ended up in the north
sea... back looking
down a microscope at the rocks... that spell
only lasted long enough to gain some valuable
experience and a promotion to another job with them on a
fast track spell of courses no less!... who'd have thought
it.....not me that's for sure.... but when the funds were
looking rosy i quit and went galavanting around
australasia's finer surf beaches, skateparks and watering
holes for a couple of years... bit more galavanting round
indonesia... then now i've ended up back with baker
in Taranaki, New Zealand. it's good as it's the same
job but 5
minutes from world class surf.. we're working for
shell and have
just drilled NZ's deepest well (although
that's not saying too
Chris Fleming - 10
Date sent: 12.09.06
I graduated from Portsmouth in 2001 with a BSc Hons Earth Science. I then had a year off to work in a bank (very boring) which convinced me to try something different. I'm now a teacher on the Isle of Wight, just starting my 4th year of teaching at Ventnor Middle School. I was made Humanities co-ord in June 2004 and Upper school Leader (year 7 & 8 Head) in June 2005. Its good fun, but stressfull at times...went to Euro Disney for a week last term!
Would be great for all the Earth Science lot to meet up.
Keep in Touch.
Chris Fleming (email@example.com)
Peter Freeman -
in 2001 in Geology. I later did an MSc at Portsmouth in Ground
Investigation and Assessment, which I graduated in
worked as an Environmental Consultant since I left Portsmouth in 2001,
first at Enviros, then at WSP Environmental since 2003.
based in Central
London, but I
have worked all over the UK and also
in The Channel Islands, France and
Portugal. I have
dealt with sites contaminated with all kinds of contaminants
including hydrocarbons, chemical weapons, explosives, anthrax and
radioactive material. My job comprises the project management
of site investigation from the proposal stage through overseeing the
investigation and finally with the reporting and advising clients on
the next steps. It is essential to have a good working knowledge of
geology in my field of work.
Ruth Goldsworthy - 8
Date sent: 29 Feb 2004
After graduating from the Applied Environmental Geology course in 2001 I have had a
variety of jobs within geotechnics and waste management. I am now looking for a
change possibly into teaching, and was hoping that I would be able to obtain a
reference from your kind self. If you could help I would be most grateful.
AEG - 2001
Rachel Hammerton (Nokes) - 10
Date sent: 29.08.06
I graduated from Portsmouth in 2001 with a 2:1 in BSc Earth Science. I have unfortunately not been able to persue a career in Geology, but currently work as a Finance Officer for a local Charity (still living in Portsmouth with husband and daughter) and am planning to commence my professional accounts and finance qualifications in the very near future. I have worked in accounts and finance since 2003.
It has been great to catch up with other people who graduated at the same time as me, thanks for organising the website.
Rachel Hammerton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Avril Lawless - 11
I graduated in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) Palaeobiology and Evolution. I moved back to Portsmouth after spending 3 years in Cornwall still trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life, and have since bumped into Dave Loydell and Mike Barker, in totally random places, so what a small world it really is!
Unfortunately I didn't persue a career in the 'Geo' fields, but I am enjoying a rewarding career in teaching Science at a highly reputable secondary school (Wildern School) in Hedge End, Southampton. I will be completing my NQT year this April. Ideally I would like to introduce GCSE Geology to the schools curriculum so thats a challenge I look forward to if they're interested!
Anyway all the best, enjoy your retirement!
Claire Mara - 8
From: Claire Mara <Claire.Mara@qdsltd.com>
Date sent: 17 Nov 2004
How's things going in Portsmouth?
We have just had an email sent round saying we have a new starter and
I noticed that he had gone to Portsmouth and done the Geological
Hazards course. I thought. small world! and wondered whether you knew
him. His name is Thomas Overton.
We have quite a few people here who went to Reading University but
none from Portsmouth yet, well, aside from me!!!
Work is going well, bit stressful, but i'm still enjoying it at the
moment! Besides, if I do get fed up, then there are always emails
going round from other people that were on the hydro course in Reading
with Job offers. Always handy to keep in touch!
Keep in touch,
Claire Mara (AEG-2001)
Paula O'Connell - 7
I studied BSc (hons) Geology, graduated in 2001, and then went on to do MSc Geohazard Assessment, and graduated in 2002. I found it difficult to find a job at first, but eventually got a temporary job with Babtie Group in Preston in March 2004 via an agency. I was employed by the agency for 6 months, and worked on two large earthworks projects for Network Rail.
After the temporary employment ended through the agency, I was offered a permanent position as a Graduate Geologist directly from Jacobs Babtie in Manchester in November 2004 (Babtie Group was taken over by Jacobs- an American company). I have been there ever since, and have worked on a range of projects that has given me experience over a broad area. I enjoy working here as I'm still learning a lot- and its just like being at uni except you get paid for it! It's good working for Jacobs Babtie with it being such a large company there are a lot of people to learn from with experience in many areas, and we are always looking for fresh graduates to join us!
If any new graduates are looking for a job in geology, hydrogeology, contaminated land, environmental, geotechnical in Manchester, feel free to e-mail me and we can have a chat, and will put your name forward to management. I know how difficult it can be finding your first job after uni!
Richard Phillips - 8
Date sent: 21 Sep 2001
just a quick e-mail to let you know that I now have a new job!! I'm
working for a company called Ewan Associates, based in Haywards Heath.
The job is a bit different to what I have done at Uni, it is network
modelling for water supply systems. There will be some field work
involved, which is good, as there will be quite a bit of sitting in
front of the PC pressing buttons. The office where I'm working is
really nice, and there are only 3 of us at the moment so it is a
pretty friendly environment. I'm travelling to H Heath by car, so the
days are quite long as i need to leave Pompey by 7.15, but the money
is pretty good and its an initial 3 month contract with the option to
go permanent at the end. The company is going to put me on a couple of
training courses (confined spaces and road safety) so even if I don't
stick the job after christmas it will help boost my CV.
How are things in P'mouth? I will try and stop by the university and
say hello some time soon. Say hello and send my regards to Mike when
you see him next.
See you soon
Wesley Wray (Turp) - 6
Saw the advert for this website in Geoscientist so I thought I would contribute. First of all I have changed my surname since graduation, it use to Turp but is now Wray. I graduated in 2001 with a degree in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics. Since then the past five years have flown by, I have worked for four consultancies in this time and I am currently working for Golder Associates based out of the Chelmsford office.
Work has been interesting. I am a fully trained IRATA rope technician so I can do rope access work. Golder is using this to it's full potential by sending me to Gibraltar to do cliff inspection work and rock slope stabilisation works.
On a personnal note I have got Married and we are expecting our first baby!
All the best and I hope you enjoy your retirement.
Wesley Wray BEng (Hons)
Golder Associates (UK) Ltd
Hayley Best - 8
From: "Best, Hayley" <email@example.com>
Date sent: 3 Mar 2003
How are you? Hope you are well. Am in fact writing with some good news
- I have been offered a job with Cardiff City Council as a Technician
in their Town Planning Department. It seems to be interesting and
have good prospects so I hope to start in a couple of weeks. I put
your name down as a referee I hope that was o.k! I also applied for a
job as a Environment Officer for the EA but am happy to take the
council one. If you needed to contact me - no. is 02920 354 107 (works
AEG - 2002
Lucie Burford -
Date sent: 27
Just writing to let you know
that I've now got a real job! I start work on the
4th of November
at Environmental Services Group Limited (esgl), in the
mechanics department, based in Wokingham. Its not quite as
environmental as I would have ideally liked, but I'll give it a
I've been sent all the details for teacher training
again, but I've decided to
give my degree a go and if it doesn't
work out, then I'll apply for teaching.
Teaching is definitely
something I want to do at some point in my
life, but for now I'm
going to make use of my degree.
I went to visit Ed, Andy and
Mark (last yrs EG 3's) in Ireland for a week,
as they have
engineering geo jobs with Paul Quigley (not sure if spelt
at isgl. They are getting on well and were trial pitting
for a new motorway
while I was there. Surprisingly they've not
caused too many disasters yet!-
well that's what they told me!
They did seem to finish work rather early tho!
They reckoned it
was the Irish way of life!
Date sent: 30 Nov. 02
Lucie Burford here, from AEG3 last year! Just a quick note to let you
that my job with The Soil Mechanics department of ESGL (Environmental
Services Grp Ltd) is going fine.
At the moment I am down at at Stone Henge up until christmas logging
bore hole chalk, thats being investigated by Soil Mechanics. This is
due to the future construction of a new road and tunnel, that's being
built to divert traffic away fron the stones.
I have suprisingly learnt a lot during the month that I've been there!
I have had training on chalk logging from David Norbury, as well as
having Rory Mortimor regularly visiting the site (as he is working for
Halcrow, our client). I'm mingling with the people in the know!
Got to go,
Date sent: 23 Mar 2003
Just to quickly let you know that I am still working for Soil
Mechanics (Mowlwem plc) and have recently been working at Osney Lock,
Oxford and also the JR Hospital, Oxford, doing boreholes, dynamic
probing and trial pits. Osney lock required ground investigation for a
proposed re-inforced lock wall (as the existing one is collapsing) and
the JR are extending the hospital to create new wards.
Hope uni stuff all going well, have you heard from Larn or John? I
don't have much contact with them anymore. Hayley has a new job working
for the enviro depart of the council-she sound well chuffed!
all the best
Matthew Eynon -
Date sent: 20 Nov
I had a viva for my MSc project
yesterday with an external examiner (Robert Duck of Dundee
University). It's been confirmed that I've obtained the MSc award
and I have achieved between 60-70% overall for the year (actual mark
to be confirmed in writing). The applied topic of my project
(Monitored Natural Attenuation) really inspired me and Swansea want
to publish my project as a short paper.
Just to let you know
I'm working in Warwickshire for the contaminated land consultancy I
applied for and have progressed from technical assistant to graduate
engineer within 2 months.
James Farnsworth -
Date sent: 16 Jun 2003
I finally got a job about a month ago. I
am a geotechnical engineer for
Roger Bullivant Ltd. (Pile and
foundation engineering if you don't know
them) I'm currently
working in the design team at the head offices in the
It's a good job, its been fun so far, and the work varies so
always interesting. Just need to keep the job for a while,
its still early
Larn Fuller - 8
Date sent: 14 Oct 2002
Since my last e-mail about six weeks ago, i have returned from Greece,
where i spent 5 weeks island hopping.
Firstly i flew into Athens and after a few nights caught a ferry to
the island of Tinos. From there i moved onto Mykonos, which has a
lovely port town of small backstreet alleys between old whitewashed
buildings, but perhaps a little too expensive and touristy. Next was
Paros and then the neighboring island of Naxos, which again where
beautiful. Santorini was next on the list and i visited the volcano
and hot (warm) springs along with the excavations at Akrotiri.
Arriving into Santorini on the ferry gave a great view of the 200-400m
cliffs on which the main town of Thira stands, albeit a bit
precariously. Later i moved onto Crete's north coast and stayed on a
few campsites along the coastline before moving down to the south
coast, in particular the town of Palaiochora. From here i caught the
bus to the top of the Samari Gorge and then walked down to the bottom,
which is a 17.5km walk through some amazing geology and i'm afraid to
say some even more impressive views. A few days later i caught a boat
out to the beach island of Elefinissi (i think that's spelt
correctly), which lies just of the coast. Lastly i caught an over
night ferry back up to Athens, where i did a bit more sight seeing
before returning home.
Now i am getting down to the serious business of searching for jobs.
I'll keep you updated on how that goes.
All the best
Larn Fuller (old A.E.G)
Tristan Morgan -
Date sent: 1 Sep
"Morgan, Tristan" <MorganTr@pbworld.com>
Just to give you an up date as to what I am up to these
days, I am still up in Newcastle thoroughly enjoying myself. I
have recently changed jobs and am now working for Parsons
Brinkerhoff still in Geotechnics but I am doing a wider variety of
work which is the main reason for me changing jobs. Well that
Surface Transportation Group
William Armstrong Drive
Telephone 44 (0)191 2261234
line 44 (0)191
Francisco Munoz - 7
Date sent: 12.10.06
I've just read the web page and found it really interesting to get an
update on what's happening with the geology department at Portsmouth and
its people. I finished my BSc (Hons) Geology in 2002 and since then I've
moved a lot in my career. I've now done an MBA and work as a management
consultant in London. I did my MBA at Portsmouth University. It offered really good value for money as I got a discount on the fees from being a former student.
I still love Geology and try to visit outcrops I
know whenever I can... I'm really grateful to all the staff in the
Geology department as I wouldn't be where I am without the skills I
learnt from them.
Francisco Javier Munoz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Business & Technology Consulting
St Anne House
Croydon CR9 2UL
Sorry for the late reply.
Well, I graduated in 2002 with a 2:1 BSc Geology. My dissertation was based on the sedimentological analysis of the Madrid basin. I carried out a sedimentological analysis and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the transition facies during the Tertiary, from the source to the centre of the sedimentary basin.
After the BSc I went on to do an MBA and got employed by Portsmouth City Council to carry out a restructuring of the Engineering Services Department. Later on in the Council I became a project manager in civil engineering projects. This led to me moving to Mott MacDonald as a management consultant and project manager.
After a 18 months working in Mott MacDonald in the commercial and technical aspects of PFI/PPP deals I moved to PricewaterhouseCoopers to work as a financial advisor for PFI and PPP deals.
This is basically my story and I can gratefully say that I've achieved so much thanks to the numerical and project management skills gained during my geology degree.
any more information you need let me know.
By the way, it would be nice to organise a reunion in Portsmouth for all 2002 graduates, it was a really good year with some amazing people. About 10 of them are amongst my friends in facebook
Martin Nickell - 8
Date sent: 10 Sep 2002
Hello, hope you are well. Thank you for the phone call regarding employment
opportunities & sorry for the delayed reply - been busy earning money to reduce the
extensive debts incurred from university life!
As I said in our telephone conversation, I am currently working for my father's company
(Joywheel Ltd) as a machine driver - not the usual graduate employment I know, but is
convenient at present to my lacking a driving licence. The company is involved in
earthworks and groundwork engineering and may soon be venturing into site
investigation, so my geological background may become quite useful.
My father is keen for me to learn about the business from ground level with the intention
of eventually running it. I am not quite as keen, however.It is a good opportunity
financially but is very lacking from a social point of view, not to mention the stress
involved from being responsible for 80 employees!While I don't have a driving licence I
have decided to continue working for him and see how it goes, but am interested to
hear of any other opportunities that may offer a career. Skanska (Cementation),for
whom Joywheel are subcontractors,have recently offered to take me on and are a very
large and reputable company, so am considering it, but have yet to find out exactly what
position they are offering.
I imagine a driving licence is pretty fundamental to a job following a geological pathway,
but would really like to know the type of jobs that companies can offer an environmental
geology graduate. So any contacts or opportunities that you could let me know about
would be very much appreciated.
By the way, I am about to enroll on an Open University course to study for an MSc in
science in the evening- any thoughts - think it's worth it / recognised, etc?
Thanks again for phoning and I look forward to your reply,
Ben Anderson - 7
Date sent: 22 Mar 2005
I'm writing to you to say a big thank
you for the reference you gave me 2 years ago for my teacher
training at Bath Spa University College.
I have recently landed
on my feet with my first full-time job as a secondary school ICT
teacher in a really good school in Northamptonshire, starting Sept
I'm currently teaching in Bristol (bit rough) but enjoying
it a lot and really developing professionally.
The school I'm
teaching at next academic year has also asked me whether I'd like to
set up the curriculum for Geology GCSE and A-level within their
school - sounds brilliant! It looks like I may be sending some of my
pupils down south to you guys at university.
Take care and
thanks again for being a total star throughout my degree, I
wouldn't be here now without your support.
Jeremy Cox - 6
A colleague of mine - Darren Newman forwarded me your email about the portsmouth graduate website.
I graduated in 2003 from the BEng Engineering Geology and Geotechnics. I have been working for Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd as a geotechnical engineer. I am currently working in the Bristol Office alongside Darren Newman, Joe Hixson and George Flower, who are all Portsmouth graduates from the same degree.
Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd
5th Floor, The Pithay
All Saints Street
Direct Line 0117 372 1654
Fax: 0870 000 3903
Laura Harvey - 8
Date sent: 05 Jan 2004
From: "Laura Harvey" <email@example.com>
I was informed you gave me a reference for this position at the Agency
and would just like to say thankyou very much.Its all going well and
looking forward to some water flow gauging and spring montoring in
Groundwater & Contaminated Land Team
25 Nov. 2011
Its good to hear from you too, since leaving Uni I have been working for the Environment Agency for 8 years. Started off in the Groundwater & Contaminated Land team working mainly on hydrogeology for abstraction licences, pump tests etc then moved into land contamination/remediation and advisory through planning regime. The last couple of years I have been a team leader managing the Sampling & Collection team for our area. So we collect all the baseline data from groundwater quality/quantity through to surface water, complaince sampling and ecology and fish surveys in the rivers.
I am a newbie to LinkedIn and have yet to figure out how it all works. I keep in touch with Alice Hayton, and Colin Rawbone is also on this site too and we exchange emails from time to time, he is often in some country do it roll as a 'proper' geologist.
What are you up to these days? I hope you are well.
Carla Littler - 6
I graduated in 2003 I from the BEng Engineering Geology and Geotechnics course and worked at SLR Consulting as a Geotechnical engineer. I decided that despite my qualification, geotechnics wasn’t for me and although I enjoyed studying geology I didn’t enjoy it as a career.
In June 2006 I completed my MSc in Environmental Health at UWE, Bristol and I currently work as an Environmental Health Officer in local government.
Environmental health officers co-ordinate, implement and enforce public health policies and we work to ensure that people have a better quality of life and live within a healthier society. Typical work activities include:
- Carrying out routine health and safety, food hygiene and food standards inspections;
- Investigating accidents occurring in the workplace and responding to employees' complaints;
- Visiting private and rented accommodation, including caravan sites, and taking action to improve conditions
- Monitoring levels of noise, air, land and water pollution
If anyone is interested in finding in Environmental Health as a career more information can be found at http://www.prospects.ac.uk
Mrs Carla Littler
Environmental Health Officer
Swindon Borough Council
Environment and Leisure
3rd Floor, Premier House
Richard Sutton - 10
I saw your website and I thought I would give you an update of what I have done since leaving Portsmouth in 2003.
I graduated Earth Science in 2003 and started working as a geology/geography instructor for a field studies centre. In 2005 I moved to a site investigation company where I undertook SI for contamination and geotech for various BP petrol stations.
In November 2006 I changed companies and joined STATS Ltd in St Albans where I work with Peter Martin, an AEG graduate from 2000. I am currently working on pipeline design, performing the ground investigations on the Isle of Grain.
I will be completing my Masters next year in pollution management form Staffs Uni.
STATS are looking for new staff, the details of the company are on the website www.stats.co.uk
but the recruitment pages are not up to date and further staff are required. If CVs are emailed to me ( Richard.Sutton@stats.co.uk
) I can forward them to the appropriate personnel.
Richard Sutton BSc(Hons) FGS
Geoenvironmental Engineer, Ground and Environment
STATS Limited www.stats.co.uk
Specialist Engineering, Materials and Environmental Consultants
Porterswood House, Porters Wood, St Albans, AL3 6PQ, United Kingdom
Tel: 01727 833261, Fax: 01727 811528, Mob: 07944008555
Registered in England No. 2833839
Frances Waddington -
Frances Waddington <firstname.lastname@example.org>
sent: 12 Jan 2004
I am working for RSK ENSR ,a
company. They are currently looking
to take on another graduate with a
geology or environmental
geology background. The vacancy is not currently
however, if you know of anyone who is interested in this
they can e-mail me their C.V and I will pass it on to the
James Batchelor - 7
It has been noticed that there are too many geotech’s and not enough geologists listed on the Portsmouth Geology Graduates website and therefore I am submitting my details in an attempt to counter the trend!
I graduated from Portsmouth University in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) Geology and was awarded a NERC studentship to read an MSc in Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall (CSM).
Upon leaving CSM in October 2005 I gained employment as a Consultant Resource Geologist with Rio Tinto Technical Services, based primarily at their Bristol office, working on the 2006 Life of Mine Extension and Resource Model Update for the Rössing Uranium Deposit in Namibia. This entailed geostatistical analysis of existing blasthole and RC drillhole data, blast outline reconciliations and a month on site in Namibia liaising with mines geologists, engineers and other Rio Tinto technical staff from around the world.
Upon completion of my work at Rössing I was flown from Johannesburg to Perth, Western Australia in order to attend an interview for the position of Resource Geologist with Rio Tinto Expansion Projects (a business unit of Rio Tinto Iron Ore) to be based at their Mount Tom Price Iron Ore Mine (operated by Pilbara Iron) in the Pilbara of the north-west..
Subsequently, I was awarded the position and began work with Expansion Projects in March 2006. I will be based in Tom Price for at least three years and hope to move to Perth or elsewhere in Australia upon completion of my time here. Either way I can’t leave till I’ve paid of the loan for my Landcruiser!!!
I hope all is well both with the staff at SEES and my fellow graduates and I hope to see you all again some in the future. If anyone feels the urge to make contact please do so it will be good to hear from some of you again.
Who knows one day I might even return to Portsmouth and join the long line of those chosen to impart their hard earned knowledge!!!
Have a good one,
BSc (Hons) MSc MCSM FGS
RTIO Expansion Projects – Mount Tom Price
PO Box 79, Tom Price,WA 6751
Work tel: +61 (0) 8 9143 3579
Hi Brian how's it going?
Things are still ticking along in the Oz iron ore industry but everyone is feeling the pressure of the current economic situation! If anything I think it will take a bit of pressure off us (Rio Tinto) as we have been ramping up like crazy for the past three years!
I was back in Pompey in August and visited Richard Teeuw, John Whalley and Malcolm Whitworth. There is some really good research going on at the moment and I will be keen to get them more involved with Rio in the future. Lets hope the turnaround happens soon.
Anyways, I was wondering if you had a contact email for Chappers and Greg Power. I was going through some old photos the other day and started to miss the old Pompey days and how supportive Chappers and Greg were back then.
Hope this message finds you well.
Mark Budden - 12
I finished with a 2:2 in BSc Geological Hazards in 2004. I sent my CV to Beresford Blake and Thomas (BBT) who are a Geotechnical recruitment agency, who kept me in contracts for 2 years starting with a job as a Contract Quality Assurance (CQA) Engineer, overseeing the Geomembrane capping of a landfill site through Robert Long Associates (now called White, Young, Green).
After the landfill site work, BBT got me a position at Mouchel Parkman (now called Mouchel), where I spent 15 months contracting as a walk-over survey on the M25 and surrounding main roads, my main role was to walk around the M25 marking down any signs of failure or potential failure on the embankments and cuttings, this work was passed on to another team who then looked at the designated area in more detail and planned monitoring of the site or designed the remediation for the site.
BBT also found me work for Gifford as an geotechnical assistant to more senior members of staff on Road designs in Republic of Ireland and Poland, this was again another short term contract.
Just before I got married I worked for White Young Green as a CQA Engineer on the clay capping of a landfill site.
After I got married in September 2006 I joined PGS Reservoir in Maidenhead, been here since. Working on the seismic interpretation for oil and gas mainly in a geotechnical applications support role due to my pre university days in a UNIX computing environment, and my knowledge of ERMapper from Uni days. The opportunities of travel in the company is a bonus, with time spent in Oslo training colleagues.
Neil Farquharson - 6
I was a 2004 Engineering Geology and Geotechnics graduate from Portsmouth (2:1). Being slightly less eager to start work than my course mates I jumped ship to Southampton to do an MRes in Coastal Engineering for Climate Change. This proved to be a very rewarding experience, giving me the opportunity to study further aspects of Engineering Geology, Coastal Engineering, GIS, Climate Change and Off-Shore sediment hydrodynamics.
I have been working for EDGE Consultants a Specialist Geotechnical and Environmental Design Consultancy for about 6 months now in Reading. I have been lucky enough to have worked on a number of projects such as, soil nailing and cribwall design, slope stability evaluation and risk assessment, contaminated land desk studies and remedial work, and rock slope assessment and remedial work supervision.
I am currently working towards my CEng and CGeol Chartership. EDGE have proved very supportive in guiding my CPD so far.
EDGE Consultants UK Ltd
Berkshire House, 252-256 Kings Road,
Reading RG1 4HP
Tel: 0118 953 3759 Fax: 0118 953 3760
OFFICES IN MANCHESTER, BURTON UPON TRENT & READING
Lucy Fisher - 9
Date sent: 22 Sep
Dave Giles put me in contact with
Borough Council a few weeks ago and they gave me a job
yesterday! Its a scientific officer of Contaminated land and is
money for a years contract. I am starting Monday
week so in Southampton at
the moment looking for a house. Cat
got a job in Basingstoke so we might try
and live together
Lucy ( Scientific officer!)
Alice Hayton - 7
Date sent: 18 Sep 2004
Just thought I'd drop you a line and let you know
I've been getting on. I started my job at Soil
weeks ago and have been enjoying it.
Although, my first day on
site I fell over and bruised
both my knees!!!!
working closely with a girl on my team who
used to go to
Portsmouth. She graduated in AEG two
years ago, you might
remember her, her name is Lucie
Burford. A lot of people in the
offfice are Portsmouth
graduates which is good.
has also got a job as well, so it's nice to
have some one in the
office who I know already!!!
Date sent: 10.09.06
After graduating with Geology in 2004 (was supposed to be 2003...but we'll brush over that one!) I joind a ground investigation company called Soil Mechanics. After working for 2 years we parted company and I went up in the world....literally to the 33rd floor of a sky scraper!
In June 2006 I started working for W.S Atkins, and am seconded to Metronet Alliance as an Engineering Geologist for the upkeep of 2 thirds of the London Underground system. It's all a bit of change, but I'm enjoying the new challenges! The next plan is to work overseas and find some sunshine!
Date sent : 17.06.08
As of the end of March 2008, I quit my job as a geologist/geotechnical engineer at Soil Mechanics (a post I returned to as of Dec 2006 after a short stint at Metronet Alliance) and have ventured on a voyage around the world!!! I'm currently voluteering and travelling around working on farms, teaching and helping building houses!
I'm also in the process of gaining employment in NZ (when i arrive in Aug '08 for 6 months) as a geologist!
I'm enjoying seeing different parts of the world (other than the London Clay Formation!)
General plan is/has been to visit India, Nepal, China, Thailand, Oz, NZ, Hawaii and Guatemala...but the plan may change!!!
Alice Hayton (Bsc Geol class of '04)
Marina Martin - 12
I graduated with a 2:2 in Geological Hazards in 2004 and soon after got a position with Bath and North East Somerset Council in the Combe Down Stone Mines project team. The project was set up to stabilise abandoned Bath Stone mines on which a village of around 500 houses, schools, parks and shops sits. The total cost of the project is around £160,000,000 and is due to be completed in 2009-10. I spent a year and a half working for the project mainly maintaining and updating the extensive GIS database. Other roles included working with the risk manager on the project risk register.
After I left the council I moved to Structural Soils in Bristol and became a site engineer. I spend around 50% of my time on site supervising site investigations in order to obtain information for the design of foundations and the rest of my time was spent in the office scheduling testing and writing reports. The time spent with Structural Soils gave me excellent experience in the field and I would recommend anyone going into the industry to spend some time with a site investigation company. As a bonus you get to see a lot of geology!
I am currently working for SLR Consulting Ltd in Bradford on Avon in the Geotechnical team. I am still out on site quite a lot of the time although I am beginning to do more interpretative reporting and also some slope stability analyses. I am planning to do an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering and Management starting in September, providing I can get the funding, which I will do part time so I can carry on working.
Hope everyone is well in Pompey,
SLR Consulting Ltd
Bradford on Avon
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 309400
Fax: +44 (0) 1225 309401
Mob: +44 (0) 7766 077269
James Mortimer -
was recently passed the email (below) by Heather Bourne
regarding your new website.
graduated from the B.Eng course in Engineering Geology and
Geotechnics in 2004.
Since August 2004 I have been in employment with Peter Brett
Associates at their Reading office as a Graduate
company is fantastic to work for, giving me ample work to keep
me busy and also organising plenty of sporting/social events for
have cc'd many of my fellow course mates so hopefully they will
also pass on their details.
B.Eng (hons) FGS
For and on behalf of
peter brett associates
DD: +44 (0) 118 952 0241
Fax: +44 (0) 118 959 7498
For the Portsmouth geology graduates website, I thought I would update you as to my new job. After three years at PBA, myself and my partner have moved over to New Zealand to look at the geology here. We both still work for consulting engineers MWH Global and GHD Ltd respectfully and still spend much of our lives getting wet looking at soils and rosks - just in the opposite hemisphere now!!
12 May 2011
I hope you are well. As promised, please find below a brief synopsis of my own and Heather Bourne's working lives!
Heather and I worked in New Zealand for a little over two and a half years as noted in my previous email. We have now moved back to the UK and both work for WSP Environmental, myself in Central London and Heather in Basingstoke.
All the best.
EG&G 2004 and
ES 2001 & MSc Geo Haz Ass 2003
Ben Nash -
Date sent: 10 May
I'll be working for Biffa at their
Landfill Site as a Trainee Landfill Manager from 23 May.
training will last for one year after which depending
positions available I'll have a small landfill site
of my own to
run or I'll be second in charge of a big
landfill site. During my
training I'll be working
towards and gaining a Certificate of
Competence, which is the bit of
Environment Agency requires you to possess
before letting you run
a Landfill site.
As you can see from the email address, I've got a new job.
Currently I am working with the Environment Agency as a Regulatory
Officer in the Water Resources Team, based at the Shrewsbury Office.
Here I issue and enforce the abstraction licences.
bye for now
Regulatory Officer - Water Resources
Tel: 01743 283533
Mob: 07881 512268
Catherine Pritchard -
Date sent: 23.01.06
I have been working for Scott Wilson Ltd in their Basingstoke office, in Geotechnics section as an Assistant Engineering Geologist/Geo-environmental Engineer. I have been here for a year and 3 months now and have recently progressed from an 1.2 (graduate) grade to a 2.1 (assistant). Scott Wilson are an international consulting company and also have loads of UK offices too... They cover lots of different areas - ecology, bridges, ports, transportation, planning, GIS, geotechnics, water, CAD and others I can't remember!
The job involves lots of site work and then office work to write up interpretive reports. Most of the work involves ground investigation, logging, sampling, gas monitoring, groundwater monitoring, site supervision and interpretive reporting.
Scott Wilson are a great company to work for, they have a graduate training scheme and pay for you to do lots of relevant courses and seminars.... where I have already met up with other people from the other pompey courses! They take on loads of graduates every year so are definitely worth applying to.
The company help you work towards becoming chartered within your chosen prof institute (Geol Soc, IEMA, ICE) and pay for your membership, which is good.
I may be moving to the Scott Wilson Plymouth office this year (hopefully!)
Scott Wilson Ltd
Geotechnics, Scott House,
Basing View, Basingstoke
Hampshire, RG21 4JG, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1256 310631
Fax: +44 (0) 1256 310201
Simon Walkley - 12
I graduated from the BSc(Hons) Geological Hazards course in 2004 and I
now work for Peter Brett Associates in their Northampton office as a
Geoenvironmental Engineer. Broadly speaking, I'm involved in SI work,
contaminated land investigation, subsidence in the Chalk and a multitude
of other things. I'm currently working towards CGeol and CIWEM
chartership and get sufficient support from the firm. I would highly
recommend PBA as an employer for geo engineers of any level.
Graduate Engineer - BSc (Hons) FGS
For and on behalf of Peter Brett Associates
11 Prospect Court | Courteenhall Road
Blisworth | Northamptonshire | NN7 3DG.
DD: +44 (0) 1604 878300
Fax: +44 (0) 1604 878333
Jonathan Chambers - 9
Date sent: 24 Feb 2006
From: "Chambers, Jonathan" <Jonathan.Chambers@hants.gov.uk>
I wanted to send you an e-mail to say thank you for helping me so much
especially in my third year. I would not have received a 2:1 without
your help and support, especially regarding my third year project.
I thought I'd let you know that since July, I have worked for the
Environment Agency for 6 months as a regulatory waste assistant, being
responsible for the management of waste throughout Hampshire, Sussex
and Isle of Wight. On the first of Feb I left the Agency to work for
Hampshire County Council, Scientific Services and I am now on a three
year apprenticeship as an Asbestos Surveyor (The Cyprus trip really
helped). Hopefully, in a couple of years, I'll be on mega-bucks, but will
have to wait and see.
So basically I have landed on my feet and I wanted to thank you.
I hope you're well, and SEES is doing fine.
All the best
Jon Chambers (BSc)
Celine Hansen - 6
Date sent - 01.08.07
I noticed there was this website for those who had studied at Portmouth Uni and I thought I'd write a little about what I've been up to since graduating in 2005.
I started working for Atkins Global in Swindon, a small office of a large corporate company. I was in a small team, satellite of their Birmingham office, and was rapidly put in charge of organising ground investigations, from assisitng with the scope, doing the site visit and negotiating the price, to supervising, writing the lab test schedule, doing the stability analysis and giving feedback to the client (usually an internal client). It was mainly in the railway industry. It was a good time and I learnt a lot from a good boss.
But after a year and a half I wanted to see the world, so I went to Peru and started working for Golder Associates where I have now been for 3 months. Peru is quite different and the projects here are gigantic (some sites where I can't tell a sand dune or a rocky peak from another, I get completely lost). I'm involved in dam projects, mining, tunnels, gasoducts. So much for the variety. I work on slope stability, inclinometer monitoring, I'm going to supervise a drilling job in Ecuador and do some geotechnical rock core logging. I also coordinate getting adequate geological and topographic base maps. Not to mention how fast my spanish is improving.
Hope everything is going well for the other Portsmouth grads out there. I wish you a happy time at the reunion, I so wish I could come! Don't forget to put pictures up please.
EG Graduate 2005
Robert Theodore - 11
Thank you for inviting me to contribute, I think this website is a great
After graduating with a 2:1 in Palaeobiology & Evolution in 2006, I
decided to further my education even more and opted to study for an MSc in
Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. I only came out with a
post-grad diploma in the end, but managed to get a short-term job (6
months) in October '07 as a documentation assistant at Cambridge
University's Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.
Here I have been recording at a basic level the 100's of drawers of
fossils that have not been electronically catalogued, along with helping
organise their recently refurbished Palaeontology store and with Duty
management at the Musuem. I recently found out my contract is to be
extended untill September '08. I enjoy the work and find it facinating
looking through the historical collections, particularly the PhD
collections, but do miss being out in the field!!!
Robert Theodore BSc (Hons), PG Dip
Palaeobiology and Evolution 2006
Claire Walton - 12
I graduated in Geological Hazards in 2006. I got sponsered to move to Australia straight from uni and have now been here for 18 months. I work for Coffey Geotechnics and am based in the Perth office. I work on a large variety of jobs all over Perth, residential work, mine site work, commercial developments, but have mainly been working on nearshore drilling work, off a jackup barge.