Welcome to the blog of the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Northampton. This will keep you up to date with both student and staff activities.

The Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences 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/.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Graduates come back to campus to inspire Geography and Environmental Science students

In February nine of our graduates returned to campus to talk with current students about careers.
Some of our lovely graduates
The event enabled our current students to find out more about graduate careers, recruitment processes and life after uni.

You can read the full story here.

Monday, 20 January 2020

First year geographers explore disabled access in Northampton town centre

First year Geography students have recently been putting their fieldwork skills to the test by auditing disabled access in Northampton town centre.

Thinking about possible barriers to access
The exercise is part of a series of classes on 'geographies of disabilities', which aims to help students to think critically about the ways in which people encounter everyday spaces.
Learning how to measure slope angles.
The students reviewed various spaces in the town centre, comparing a range of measurements (e.g. slope angle, width of paths) and observations (e.g. colour contrast) with published guidance on accessibility.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Second year students explore urban geography in Sheffield

Our second year Geography students recently visited Sheffield for a two-day fieldtrip.

A range of geographies explored in Sheffield (credit: Laura Crawford)
The students explored urban green spaces and civic spaces, such as Devonshire Green and the Winter Garden. They also carried out research projects to examine spaces of consumption and urban regeneration.

The fieldtrip was attended by students doing BSc Geography, BSc Geography (human geography) and Joint Honours Human Geography.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Third year students explore Barcelona

Third year Geography and Environmental Science students have had the chance to explore Barcelona this week, as part of a module about climate change.
Students in sunny Barcelona
The students explored a range of issues, including sustainable transport.
Putting sustainable transport modes to the test

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Mark returns to class

We love welcoming our alumni back to campus! Each year we invite our recent graduates to return to class to talk with current students about career options. There are so many opportunities for Geography and Environmental Science graduates, and who better to learn from than our own alumni?

Mark Brown (Geography graduate, 2019) recently visited Northampton to tell us about his experiences training to be a secondary school teacher.
Mark Brown with current students

He explained what his training involves, the highs and lows of his time in school, and what he loves about his job. Mark also shared his insights about the recruitment process, and gave tips on work experience.

Friday, 25 October 2019

First year Geography students create tourist trails

First year Geography students have recently visited central London to create some tourist trails.

Students worked in groups, each of which was given a particular theme for their trail. They had to choose locations to visit, find out information about these, and write directions for the trail.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Third year Geography students visit museums

Third year Geography students recently visited the Museum of Childhood and the National Portrait Gallery as part of their studies.
Outside the Museum of Childhood

Playing with the toys at the Museum of Childhood

The students were exploring how ideas of childhood have varied over time.
Outside the National Portrait Gallery