Matthew Rovardi

Programme: BSc Geology

Graduated: 2001

Employment: Senior Exploration Geologist, Kinross Gold Corporation, South America.

“Go into everything with an open mind, everybody has certain subjects or areas that they find more interesting or more applicable to themselves."

What route have you taken to get to your current position?

"After graduating with a BSc. (Hons.) in Geology from The University of Manchester in 2001, I completed a Masters in Mining Geology from The Camborne School of Mines in 2002, which subsequently resulted in getting my first job as an exploration geologist working on a shear hosted gold project in the Archaean terrane of the Central African Republic in 2003. I have worked globally in gold exploration ever since for several British, Canadian and Australian companies and I am now based in Chile, working all over South America."

What does this position involve?

"I am responsible for assessing, generating and managing the start-up of new gold exploration projects within the South American region for Kinross Gold Corp from my base in Santiago, Chile, through joint ventures, acquisition or selecting new prospective open ground. Targets are generated by geologically reviewing project areas and assessing their potential for hosting an economic gold deposit by applying the geologic knowledge obtained through university and through experience in this field of work."

What do you most enjoy about your current role?

"The diversity of countries, places and people I meet whilst travelling as part of my role, through South America at present and across the world. In addition, the exposure to a vast amount of different geologic environments and styles of mineralisation whilst undertaking mineral exploration and the challenge of being involved in taking an exploration project from grassroots through to discovery of an ore deposit and on to development of an operating mine."

What did you most enjoy about your course?

"Definitely the field trips, and the variety of modules available to choose from and the feeling of a close-knit friendly relationship with the lecturers."

What skills/knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?

"The application of theory into the field, especially useful for me have been the subjects of structural geology, igneous petrology, geochemistry and the mapping courses ran on field trips."

What advice would you give to students applying for the same programme that you took?

"Go into everything with an open mind, everybody has certain subjects or areas that they find more interesting or more applicable to themselves. However, the great thing with studying geology is there is definitely something for everyone after the course, whether it is academic or industry related. Also, it is probably the most fun and sociable course you can do to receive a degree!"

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