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Welcome to Environment and Sustainability at Keele

Here you can find up-to-date information about your environment and sustainability course at Keele and the pre-arrival process for new environment and sustainability students.

Welcome to Environment and Sustainability at Keele. I hope you’re looking forward to starting your degree at Keele in September. Many of our students tell us how much they have enjoyed the course and the opportunities it brings, and I am sure you will gain a fulfilling university experience too. This programme combines natural science and social science approaches to address environment and sustainability issues at multiple scales, bridging the gaps between science, societal issues, environmental policy and practise.  Teaching will consist of a combination of fieldwork, practical classes, tutorials and lectures. You will gain a range of sought after employment skills such as field skills, data handling, critical thinking along with subject-specific skills. 

These Environment & Sustainability Welcome pages aim to help you prepare to come to Keele and help you settle in quickly when you're here.

‌I look forward to welcoming you to Keele and the Environment and Sustainability degree programme in September. In the meantime, you can follow us on our Faceook account

If you have any queries about the degree please don’t hesitate to contact the programmes director, Dr Adam Moolna

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Although we don’t expect you to have been doing preparatory reading for the degree programme, if you are keen to get started and do some background reading and start thinking about environment and sustainability issues, we would recommend the following books, which will prove useful throughout your degree:

  • Mulligan, M. (2014) An Introduction to Sustainability. Environmental, Social and Personal Perspectives. Earthscan.
  • Kopnina, H. and Shoreman-Ouinet, E. (eds) 2015. Sustainability: Key Issues. Routeledge.

To help you in your transition to university and the development of your study skills at university we would also recommend:

  • Kneale, P. (2011), Study skills for Geography, Earth and Environmental Science Students. Hodder Education.

You don’t have to buy these books as they (along with a large number of other relevant texts) will be available in the library at Keele.  You will be directed to further reading throughout the course when you arrive at Keele.

You might also like to have a look at some recent "environmental" films, if you haven't already seen them. Try:

  • The 11th Hour
  • The Age of Stupid
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • The End of the Line

To give you a good background in the variety of cutting edge research being carried out by Environmental Researchers I would recommend looking at the ‘Planet Earth’ publication of the Natural Environment Research Council.  You can look at it on line

Other things to bring with you include:

  • A diary (academic year), or access to an electronic diary (e.g., Google Calender)
  • A scientific calculator (calculators approved by the University for use in exams include:  Aurora SC582 series, Casio FX-83 series, Casio FX-85 series, Casio FX-350 series, Sharp EL-531 series and the Texas Instruments TI30 series)
  • A good stock of stationary

Week 1 is ‘Welcome Week’ during which you will complete your official registration and enrolment with the University, alongside introductory sessions relating to Environment and Sustainability. During these sessions you will receive important information about your degree programme so it is important that you attend all 

The timetable for 'Welcome Week' will be published here shortly. Please keep checking for information to be updated. 


Fieldwork and data collection  is an essential part of your Environment & Sustainability degree, and throughout your degree you will learn many essential field skills from ecological identification to water sampling and geochemical analysis to interview techniques and questionnaire design.  You will work in a wide range of locations and habitats and will need to be prepared for all weathers.

Information about fieldwork will be updated shortly.

If you have any queries or concerns about coming to Keele or starting your Environment and Sustainability degree, please feel free to contact the Environment and Sustainability Programme Director, Dr Adam Moolna

The University also offers new students the opportunity of having a Keele Mentor. Keele Mentors are current undergraduate students whose aim it is to welcome and help settle new students into the University. Having a Keele Mentor is a fantastic way to aid your transition into Keele and is a great way of finding out more about studying at Keele from someone who has experienced this themselves. 

Additional information which you may find helpful:

For the latest updates about Environmental and Sustainability at Keele you can also follow us on Facebook. 

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