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/.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Second year residential fieldtrip

Some of our Geography and Environmental Science students are just back from a week of fieldwork in Devon.

The students were based at Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre, and travelled to a number of sites in the area, including Dartmoor National Park.

The fieldtrip introduced students to a number of research skills that they will draw upon later in their degree.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Learning about homelessness in Northampton

Second year Geography students have been learning about homelessness as part of their Issues in Human Geography module.
Second year Geography students, Market Square, Northampton

Prof John Horton took the students on a walking tour of Northampton town centre to help the students reflect on spaces of homelessness.
Learning about spaces of homelessness
The students have also been learning about the topic through exploring academic research and hearing the stories of volunteers working with homeless people.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Geography students research sustainable urban communities

Third year Geography students recently visited Upton, Northampton, to learn more about sustainable urban communities and sustainable urban drainage systems.

Third Year Geography students brave the February weather!

The fieldtrip took place as part of the Geographers at Work modules, which encourages students to reflect on how their learning in the classroom is applicable to real world jobs.

The fieldtrip was led by Dr Chris Holt, who has been researching the development at Upton for several years.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Graduates return to campus

Ten of our geography, environmental sciences and biology graduates recently returned to campus to talk to current students about graduate careers.
Our lovely graduates!

The session was held as part of a series of careers-related events.
It was great to see the progress made by our recent graduates in their chosen careers.

The graduates spoke with groups of first, second and third year students about their job, career opportunities in their sector, and recruitment processes.
The session provided lots of opportunities for current students to ask questions.

A wide range of job roles and industries were represented, including the Met Office, Environment Agency, BIFFA, Chartered Institute of Waste Management, RPS Group, Olive Communications, Project Centre, local government and GIS.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Second year Geographers visit Sheffield

In early November our second year Geography, Human Geography, and Joint Honours students visited Sheffield for two days to complete fieldwork on Urban Geography. The trip was organised by Dr Catherine Waite.
Geography students - and Prof John Horton - enjoying the sunshine in Sheffield!
Through classroom-based sessions the students had learnt lots about urban geography theory and looked examples and case studies from countries including, France, India and the USA. The overnight trip to Sheffield was an opportunity to see some of the changes that are taking place in cities in the UK. 
Sheffield is a great example of a city with accessible public transport, a wide range of types of public space, as well as being a city that has undergone redevelopment and regeneration since the end of World War II.
The Peace Gardens
On the first day in the field the students had the chance to complete guided activities that helped them explore the city centre. On the second day, the students worked in groups to complete a mini research project that allowed them to focus on the issue that they were most interested in learning more about.

Park Hill Flats

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Graduates visit campus to talk about life after uni

Recent graduates have been returning to Northampton to talk to current students about life after university.

We have recently welcomed back Amie, Katie and George, all of whom graduated this summer.

Amie has recently started a PGCE course and is training to be a secondary school Geography teacher.  She talked to current students who are thinking about a career in teaching about her experiences, answering their questions about what teacher training is actually like.

Amie and current students

Katie and George visited a third year class to talk about their contrasting experiences.  Katie is working for Jems Recruitment.  She explained about how the skills developed during her Physical Geography degree are appropriate to the role, and the benefits of working for a small organisation.

George is on the Stagecoach Bus Graduate Leadership Programme.  He spoke about what this graduate scheme involves, and the benefits of working for a large organisation.  George also explained about the recruitment processes used for many graduate schemes.

Katie and George

Alumni visits are an important way for our current students to find out about the career options for geographers, as well as learn about graduate recruitment processes.

Monday, 12 November 2018

First year Geography fieldtrips

Our new cohort of Geography students have been taking part in a number of field trips so far this term.

Students visited central London to develop a tourist trail.  Working in small groups, each took on a different theme for the focus of their trail.
Students in Covent Garden, London

The students have also visited Wren's Nest, Dudley, as part of a physical geography module. The students did some fossil-hunting, then learned to identify the fossils found.
The group fossil-hunting at Wren's Nest, Dudley
Learning to identify the fossils found.

Fieldwork is a great way for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom, as well as providing opportunities to develop geographical and transferable skills.