This blog is written by the Environmental and Geographical Sciences team at the University of Northampton. This will keep you up to date with both student and staff activities.

The Environmental and Geographical Sciences team includes staff with interests in biological sciences, conservation, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental statistics, geography and waste management. We offer a range of degree programmes and have a number of postgraduate research students. For more information about studying with us please visit http://www.northampton.ac.uk/.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Pants and custard!

Second year Geographers were visited by Tanya Haji-Miller, Community Fundraiser for Northampton Hope Centre – Northampton’s largest space of support for people living in situations of homelessness and housing crisis. 

Tanya gave a fantastic and moving guest lecture about the issues faced by homeless people. One particularly important insight related to the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of homeless people, and the many forms that homelessness can take. Tanya also talked frankly about the challenges of  sustaining services in an increasingly tough economic climate.

Tanya talked about volunteering and careers opportunities in the charitable sector too.

Tanya left us with a collection challenge: to collect as many tins of custard and tuna and pairs of men’s pants as possible! Tanya spoke really movingly about the positive difference something as simple as a hot pudding or fresh underwear can make to a homeless person’s life. 
Donations for Northampton Hope Centre

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Students donate karaoke machine to Age UK Northamptonshire

Second year Geographers were visited by Alicia and Shazia from Age UK Northamptonshire – the county’s largest charity supporting people in later life.

During a Q&A session, Alicia and Shazia shared some really powerful insights about the causes and significant consequences of social isolation among people aged 55+.  They also evidenced how cuts all kinds of local public services have impacted disproportionately on older people. They also discussed the challenges of sustaining important services in a challenging economic climate.

They shared information about forthcoming fundraising and volunteering opportunities, and also left us with a collecting challenge. Alicia and Shazia asked for a collection of trivia games/books to update the quizzes run by local day centres for isolated older people. 
Games and trivia books donated by the students
 They also put out a plea for a karaoke machine to be used at a local day centre… This seemed a long shot but our students rose to the challenge so we were able to donate a karaoke sound system to the day centre! We look forward to hearing which songs were most popular!!
Students donated a karaoke sound system to the local Age UK day centre