“At CES, my supervisors were always very supportive and made themselves available to provide guidance, feedback and encouragement"
Cheyvonne James, from Trinidad and Tobago, studied her MSc in Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey. She now works as an Implementation Coordinator at the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development.
“Having grown up in a developing Commonwealth nation, I always had a desire to pursue tertiary level studies in the United Kingdom,” she says. “I was attracted to Surrey’s postgraduate taught programme at the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) because of the manifold modules it afforded.”
She continues, “Coming to Surrey provided me with an opportunity to enhance my behavioural science background at the undergraduate level, whilst also obtaining knowledge and advance training in a completely new field. I also appreciate Surrey for its proximity to the diverse city of London.
“At CES, my supervisors were always very supportive and made themselves available to provide guidance, feedback and encouragement. Lecturers were always well-prepared and articulate; facilities were comfortable and the subject matter was in-depth, diverse in scope and relevant to the development issues facing modern societies.”
Cheyvonne undertook a Professional Training placement as part of her MSc. “I worked at an organisation called BIW (now Conject Ltd),” she explains. “I undertook an extensive market research of the sustainability practices of organisations in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. This industrial placement exposed me to actual practices the AEC industry could employ in order to have more sustainable operations.
“The opportunity to study at an internationally acclaimed academic institution in a developed country was really invaluable to me,” she concludes.
Now working within the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, Cheyvonne is significantly involved in research and developmental exercises, geared towards national policy formulation."