Emma Greening

Studied: 
BSc Geography (Human) and Planning (2008)
Current Job: 
Planning Policy Officer, Lewes District Council

Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?

Really liked the city when I came to visit, small enough to walk round and not need a car but big enough to have lots going on.

What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?

Meeting my housemates, joining the scuba diving club, making lots of friends generally having a good time!

What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff?

Very good school, but I got the feeling it was very research focused.

How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?

Gave me a bit of planning knowledge but also allowed me to continue studying geography which I loved.  Gave me the chance to realise that planning is the practical implementation of geography.

Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.

I got into it from my degree, I currently do most the monitoring work as part of our LDF, also involved in regeneration and organising public meetings.  I think I enjoy the opportunity to meet a wide range of people, get involved in some controversial issues that not everyone will agree with, get to see how an area is going to change and develop- even now driving around the district I see things that I have had an influence in.  Also the fact that I'm not stuck in an office everyday!

What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a student at the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography?

The opportunity to go into planning, although heading back to Uni next year to do a masters because I need to do that to become accredited.

Tell us any interesting facts about yourself, hobbies or interests that you have.

Interested in travel, outdoor sports, learnt to scuba dive whilst I was at Cardiff and was Chairman of the Sub-Aqua Club which taught me a huge amount of management skills.  Generally enjoy anything that is a challenge.