Project Assistant – Nature Positive Universities and Conservation Optimism

Hollie Thompson


I have always been fascinated by wildlife conservation and the difference nature can make to our lives and in 2016 I completed a Biology MSci Hons degree at The University of Nottingham. Since completing my degree, I have spent time working in different educational settings and for various charitable organisations including the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) and the Earth Trust. I am particularly passionate about raising awareness and understanding of local and global conservation issues, inspiring and empowering people from all walks of life to make a positive difference for nature and ensuring learning is inclusive, fun and accessible to all.

Prior to joining ICCS in October 2023 as a Project Assistant supporting the Nature Positive Universities and Conservation Optimism initiatives, I was working within Outreach and Student Recruitment for the University of Gloucestershire, helping to inspire young people to consider higher education as an option.

Current Research

I work in the Department of Biology as a Project Assistant supporting two interrelated wildlife conservation and sustainability initiatives. Firstly, I support the Nature Positive Universities initiative, which is a global network of around 400 universities signing up to start a Nature Positive journey, in collaboration with UNEP and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. I also support the Conservation Optimism initiative, which is a global community dedicated to inspiring and empowering people around the world to make a positive difference for nature.

Brief CV

2023 –          | Project Assistant, University of Oxford

2020 – 2023| Outreach and Student Recruitment Officer, University of Gloucestershire

2017 – 2019| Explorer Birthday Party Leader and Countryside Skills Coordinator, Earth Trust

2017 – 2018| Wildlife Trainee (Conservation), Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

2016 – 2018| Learning and Teaching Assistant, The Mill Academy, The Henry Box School

2012 – 2016| MSci (Hons) Biology, University of Nottingham