Peter Fergusson

Senior Carbon Consultant, Bssec ltd
Ph.D. Biotechnology (1973)
Keep at it - don't give up even if you have project difficulties

[After graduation] I went straight into industry - first food/dairy manufacturing, then into food/dairy equipment manufacture, then technical sales of process equipment, became director, set up own specialist engineering business, business closed down so change of direction - property development in France, then back to UK as carbon management consultant. Now I am near retirement.

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?
I am still involved in interesting and mentally-challenging work.

What was the best thing about your time as a PhD student here?
General university life

In what way did living and studying in Birmingham live up to your expectations?
As good as I expected

What advice would you give to current PhD students?
Keep at it - don't give up even if you have project difficulties. And don't forget to make time to write up afterwards, even if you go straight into a job.