Heather Beattie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business in 2019. She now works at UWS as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate.
Heather writes: “A lot has happened in the world in the short time since I graduated from UWS in 2019, and when you finish your studies and enter the job market, it is sometimes hard to imagine where you will find yourself working in the future.
After almost a year working for the NHS after completing my Honours degree in business, I returned to UWS to work as a KTP Associate in September 2020.
Since then, I have been working with Albion Environmental to enhance business development and marketing strategies, and the best part of the KTP is that I have a team of UWS academics who are there to help along the way.
I have been able to apply what I learnt throughout my degree directly to this project, and I’m lucky to now be working alongside some of the lecturers who taught me only a few years ago. The practical experience from KTP has benefits to all of the team, the projects give the university a great insight into a variety of organisations which can then be used as real-life case studies for current students, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with some Marketing students this year, who chose to use Albion Environmental as part of their module assessment.
I have been working with Albion to launch their new app ‘MyBins’ into the market, which is helping to improve recycling habits and work towards a more sustainable environment. With the help of the UWS academic team we hope to expand this across Scotland and the UK in the near future, and our current focus is to create a version of the app to be used by attendees at COP26 – due to be held in Glasgow this November!
The United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties marks a historical moment for the city of Glasgow, which has been chosen as the host city due to its experience, commitment to sustainability and world class facilities. This offers a huge opportunity to showcase the great work from both Albion Environmental and UWS and promote the project to an international audience. We are utilising the knowledge and skills across various UWS schools to create a sustainable and inclusive solution to the climate crisis. Collaborations with organisations like Albion Environmental help us in reaching the university’s sustainability strategy, which aims to support students, staff and local communities through Initiatives which have a positive impact on economic, social and environmental sustainability.
We hope to see the app in use across local authorities and eventually university campuses and student accommodation, until then keep your eyes peeled on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for the ‘MyBins’ App, and if you’re keen to find out more, contact Heather@albion-environmental.co.uk.”