Brookes student among UK's top 10 science graduates

Monday, 20 September 2010


Oxford Brookes graduate Gisela Schilling, has been named one of the top 10 science graduates in the country in a nationwide award scheme.

Oxford Brookes graduate Gisela Schilling, has been named one of the top 10 science graduates in the country in a nationwide award scheme, which aims to identify the next generation of leaders in their fields. Gisela, an Environmental Sciences graduate was selected as a finalist in The British Graduate 100 Awards, from a field of over 13,000 graduates from 70 universities.

Finalists are deemed to be Britain’s highest achieving and most talented university students who show a passion and dynamic approach towards their careers.

Gisela attended a gala dinner at the London Marriott Grosvenor Hotel on 15 September along with Professor Vic Truesdale of Oxford Brookes School of Life Sciences and Dr Deborah Pearce, Programme Leader, Biology and Environment. Dr Pierce commented: ‘Gisela is among the very best students I have taught in 16 years. Alongside her incredible academic achievement and aptitude for languages, she possesses all of the essential transferable skills such as organisation and time management that employers are demanding. There is no doubt she will have a great career.’

James Caan from the BBC’s The Dragons Den was keynote speaker and met the finalists along with top graduate employers. The competition’s media partner, the FT, was also in attendance.

Gisela’s passion for environmental sciences has inspired her to gain A grades in every module, throughout her three year course.

‘My interest in the subject meant it was easy to keep motivated during my course,’ she says. ‘I am fascinated by the interdisciplinary nature of Environmental Sciences, combining areas of study which interest me; not only environmental pollution, climate change and ecology, but also environmental policy and decision making.’

Gisela is also attracted to the international nature of the work which will draw on her ability to speak six languages

She comments: ‘The environment is an issue that will increase in political importance in the future and will require well-educated professionals around the world. It is not only relevant to national and global politics and economy but directly affects everyone’s everyday lives.’

Gisela says her selection as a finalist was completely unexpected. ‘I had already felt honoured that Brookes nominated me,’ she says, adding ‘It is very reassuring that my efforts have been recognised at a high level. It is a great motivator to continue to give my best during my postgraduate studies and future career.’

As part of her degree course, Gisela researched the potentials for agro forestry to conserve and restore the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, visiting a reforestation project in Sao Paulo.

Gisela hope to play a role in the future in tackling water quality and scarcity. She will undertake an MSc in Environmental Technology, specialising in water management at Imperial College, London next year.

A spokesperson for Graduate 100 commented:

’It is quite an accolade to have a graduate in the final 100. Gisela’s success is a fantastic result which reflects on the quality and calibre of teaching at Oxford Brookes.’