Excellence in Teaching

Teaching excellence is the hallmark of all our geography and earth science degree programmes. Our students consistently return highly satisfactory reviews of our teaching and the content and delivery of our degrees is regularly praised by external examiners. The recent Periodic Subject Review recognised both the excellence of our teaching provision, and commended the School 'for the strong and productive relationships between students and staff within a cohesive ‘learning community’, which undoubtedly underpins the enhancement of learning and teaching'; our students often talk about a ‘family atmosphere’ in the School.

A number of our staff have received both University and SRC teaching excellence awards; three have been awarded senior fellowships or fellowship of the University’s "Recognising Excellence in Teaching” programme (and matching senior fellowships or fellowship of the UK-wide Higher Education Academy). Our Graduate Teaching Assistant support and development programme has also received a College Teaching Excellence Award. GES has achieved great success in applying for funding from the University’s Learning and Teaching Development Fund, and the Chancellor’s Fund. 

In 2019, seven of our staff and postgraduate research students were shortlisted for the Students' Representative Council Teaching Awards, with Dr Tim Dempster winning Best Research Supervisor.

  • Best Dissertation Supervisor: Ian Shaw
  • Best Postgraduate who Tutors: Allan Hollinsworth and Pamela Rattigan
  • Best Research Supervisor: Martin Hurst and Tim Dempster
  • Best Feedback: Amanda Owen
  • Highly Innovative Teaching: Emma Laurie