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Leading green award for marine scientists

25 July 2008

Vicki Case and Stephanie Moffatt

A strong link between Dover Harbour Board and the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences has just produced a national award for performance.

Every year, two third-year Marine Geography Undergraduates get to spend a full year on industrial placement at the Port of Dover, Europe’s busiest ferry port and two of those students are now full-time employees - Christine Marsh as Environmental Officer and Vicki Case as Assistant Environmental Officer.

The Port has just been named by the Sunday Times as one of the UK’s "Top 50 Green Companies", with Vicki, Christine, and this year’s two placement students, Helen Cooke and Ian Szeligiewicz, all playing a key role.

The Sunday Times recognises both environmental performance and staff’s own views of their company’s green credentials. The environmental team at Dover runs a regular monitoring programme of the habitats in and around the port. The most recent surveys have shown a healthy fish population of some 76 different species in the harbour, indicating a healthy environment.

Dr Chris Wooldridge of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences said: "The School values greatly the on-going industrial placement scheme with the Port Of Dover. The opportunity for two undergraduates to get a year’s experience of hand-on environmental management and hydrographic surveying in Europe’s busiest ferry port stands them in good stead for their future careers. The School has also had a flourishing research relationship with Dover for the past 20 years."