TY2015: A week at BEES

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Jack Mcelheron – Ashton School

I have recently completed my week’s work experience at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork. I was lucky to get a placement here as the course was fully subscribed very quickly.

I really enjoyed my week here at B.E.E.S and I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also gotten to meet a lot of the lecturers and staff. My favourite lecture was on Bird Ringing with Barry O’Mahoney. I really enjoyed all the parts about animal behaviour and how they interact in different environments.

Another part I enjoyed was Andy Wheeler’s Geology/Geosciences lecture. We got to go outside and examine rocks which were hundreds of millions of years old. It was fascinating to learn about the history of these rocks and where they came from.

The course wasn’t just about biology. We got the chance to meet with the current 4th years and we had the opportunity to ask them questions about not only their current courses and projects but also about life as a student at U.C.C.

We were also given a library tour of U.C.C which I really enjoyed as we got to see some of U.C.C’s oldest books, their oldest dating back to the 1300’s! On the campus tour we learned about the history of U.C.C. I also got the chance to go into the observatory was a very interesting building.

Overall I had a very good week and learned a lot. I’d recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in science and I wish I could come back for another week!


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