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Seven Questions with Katie Briggs

8 February 2019

Katie is an MSc Conservation (Marine Biology) graduate who wants to pursue a career in the sustainability / environmental sector perhaps with a focus on the marine environment. She is currently doing an internship with the UCL Sustainablity Team.

Katie Briggs

What are you studying, why are you interested in this subject and what do you plan to do in the future? 
I am a MSc Conservation graduate, and currently doing an internship in the UCL Sustainability Team. I’m hoping to pursue a career in the sustainability/ environmental sector maybe with a focus on the marine environment as I did Marine Biology as my undergrad.  

What is the most interesting thing you’ve done, seen or got involved with while at UCL?
Environmental Auditor Training with the UCL Sustainability Team. I may be slightly biased as I’m interning with them at the moment, but it was really interesting when I did it as a student! You get experience in undertaking an audit and you get to learn what goes on behind the scenes to try make a building and its operations sustainable.
 
Have you discovered any hidden gems during your time at UCL?
Tottenham Court Road Waterstones has a bar in the basement. Great if you just want to go somewhere to enjoy a book and a glass of wine. 

Give us your top three things to do/see/go to in London –
Visit Hampstead Heath and go for a dip in the ponds or the lido if you prefer clearer water! Dinerama in Shoreditch is great as is BoxPark, I really like places that have music, food stalls and bars all in one! And lastly lots of museums and even the zoo have “lates” where they’re open later and often have interactive shows or special exhibitions on. 

If you were Provost for the day what one thing would you do?
Put more plants around campus! It makes the campus look prettier as well as improving the air quality.

Who inspires you and why?
All the school kids who went on strike from school to protest the lack of Climate Change action. More action needs to be done on addressing the issue of climate change, and I think it’s great that the younger generation realise that and now we need to get governments and business to act.  

What would it surprise people to know about you?
I’d like to think of myself as quite a foodie and love cooking, and would one day like to go on Masterchef.