The University of Gibraltar had the pleasure of welcoming the Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society (FOGHS) for a morning visit to Europa Point Campus on 7th June. FOGHS have donated an annual bursary to the PhD programme since 2017, benefitting 6 students to date and this year have also extended their assistance to support 4 MSc research projects which protect Gibraltar’s Heritage and Environment.
The visit consisted of a variety of talks from student awardees from the MSc in Marine Science and Climate Change programme on their successful projects: Sid Dewfall presented on the use of soft corals as indicators of marine environmental conditions, Samantha Slisarenko explained the valuable information to be obtained from the study of Bluefin tuna diets, Jasmine Plummer talked about innovative sustainable practices in the hospitality industry and Francesca Gagliardi highlighted the importance of studying the impact of recreational fishing on dolphins. These talks were followed by PhD candidate awardee Keith Madeira which gave attendees a detailed insight into his research regarding British defences, historic cartography and georeferencing. The presentations concluded with an update from the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Catherine Bachleda, on the progress and development the University since its establishment in 2015.