The WLT and the UEA offered a Diploma Course in Conservation and Project Administration from 2005 until 2010
The Graduate Diploma Course in Conservation and Project Administration
The Graduate Diploma in Conservation and Project Administration was an exciting collaboration between the University of East Anglia and the World Land Trust.
The diploma course trained many graduates who have gone on to start successful careers in conservation. Although the diploma course finished in 2010, we are currently working on a new education project with the UEA and hope to bring you more information about this soon.
This course was developed following the success and philosophy behind the World Land Trust’s Internship Programme. In the words of former intern Caroline Gill, it “breaks the ‘vicious circle’ of not being able to get a job without any experience”. This unique course provided students with the essential mix of theoretical teaching, as well as the practical management experience of working with an international charity - a combination designed to equip the ‘conservationists of tomorrow’.
The course combined taught modules at University of East Anglia (UEA) with a work placement module at World Land Trust (WLT).
"Working at WLT has been an invaluable experience for me. I have gained skills and experience in many areas applicable to both charities and non-charities. I now have a much broader understanding of how WLT is run and a deeper insight into the world of conservation."
Alison Lewis (Diploma Student 2009-2010)
Pedro Mayorga-Jeffs (pictured in Venezuela)
Fiona (Fin) Duncan and Joanne (Jo) Keene (pictured at the graduation of their course at UEA)
Pedro reported that his time at WLT had set him new challenges and allowed him to acquire and develop new skills. Fin found that she developed her ability to think more critically and globally about conservation issues and learned new ways of working. Jo built on existing public speaking and office skills and developed new ones in networking, different writing styles and event organisation.
Pedro, Fin and Jo completed their course with a three week research trip to Venezuela to work with World Land Trust project partners Provita on habitat destruction, vegetation composition, nest characteristics, visitor trails and baseline biodiversity studies on Margarita Island, Venezuela.
(Diploma Students 2008-2009)
"The course was brilliant. It gave us the opportunity to develop many useful and transferable skills such as fundraising, project management, report writing and research. As part of the course we spent time working with each different department of WLT, which gave us a real insight into how a conservation-focused NGO works. The combination of theory at the Uni and practical application within WLT was ideal."
Natalie Evans (Diploma Student 2007-2008)
"The Graduate Diploma in Conservation & Project Administration gave me a real insight into international conservation and the work of NGO's. I learned a great deal of practical management and administrative skills whilst working at the World Land Trust, which have proved extremely useful in my following employment. Taking part in the Diploma was an extremely rewarding experience, providing real training working in conservation within the UK, and also overseas in Paraguay."
Martyn Griffiths (Diploma Student 2007-2008)
"We gained some great management experience and had the chance to work with and learn from staff within all the different WLT departments. The support given by all the staff was amazing and we were treated like members of staff, which gave us confidence in what we were doing and made our experience all the more valuable."
Tracie Long (Diploma Student 2007-2008)
"Through my work placement at the WLT I had he opportunity to experience some of the many activities that take place in the operation of this international conservation charity. I have learnt a great deal from my time at the WLT and thoroughly enjoyed the experience."
Amy Nott (Diploma Student 2005-2006)