Brendan Rouse

Programme: BSc Environmental Science

Graduated: 2007

Employment: Energy Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

“The field trips were the most memorable aspect of the course at Manchester."

My work

“Following graduation I worked for two environmental consultancies for a year before studying MSc Sustainable Resource Management in Munich and interning for an auditing firm.

“Upon returning to the UK I took up an internship for an environmental consulting firm but was offered the Energy Manager role at the Hospital within a week of starting the internship.

“I’m responsible for all energy matters without getting too involved in the technical engineering side and I have to manage and secure our utility supplies.

“My other duties include; monitoring the hospital's energy usage, including publishing monthly reports that involve benchmarking and target setting, managing the energy budget, facilitating energy reduction projects and ensuring the hospital is compliant with relevant bodies.

“The Hospital is a very inspiring place to work and it does an incredibly important job. It’s a forward thinking place and is constantly evolving its estate, which makes my job very interesting. The NHS is also a massive polluter so playing a part in reducing its carbon footprint feels very worthwhile.

Memories of my course

“The field trips were the most memorable aspect of the course at Manchester. I also liked the opportunity to take courses from other departments such as Geography. The diversity of the courses available makes every day exciting.

“Studying Environmental Sciences and living in Manchester are great. The course offers a lot of opportunities to study scientific engineering and management focused courses which can be very rewarding.

“However, it takes a lot of thought (and restraint) to get the right balance between trying out lots of different stuff and also getting the in-depth substance that will appeal to future employers.”

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