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, 19 August 2016

Planning field trips

As the new academic year looms, we are planning field trips for the autumn term.

More information about field trips will be provided to students in due course, but in the meantime, here's some photos of our Grand Day Out to Stonehenge and Avebury at the end of last term...

Environmental Science students at Avebury

Visiting Stonehenge

Monday, 8 August 2016

Nuffield Student joins Geography team for summer placement

This summer the Geography department is hosting a Nuffield student. Nuffield studentships give sixth form students the chance to work in a university for several weeks in the summer helping with a research project and learning what conducting university research is really like.

Alexandra Asvestapoulou will be working with Dr Joanna Wright and Dr Janet Jackson on the quality and connectedness of cycling facilities in Northampton.

This pilot study will focus on cycle routes to and from the station, town centre and university campuses, and ties in to other research on cycling commuting being carried out in the department this summer. Alex will be mapping these features using new GPS units the department acquired this year, and drawing a map of the facilities and routes using ArcGIS, the industry standard for mapping software.  This is the same software that Northampton students learn to use in Geography and Environmental science sources, which is part of improving their career opportunities and employability skills.

Sustainable transport is a very important part of planning for the new Waterside campus, and for the future as part of carbon reduction strategies, and this research will compile information to help improve cycling facilities in Northampton and the rest of the UK.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Climate KIC Pioneer Placement in Poland for Dr Joanna Wright

Dr Joanna Wright is heading to Poland in August to work at the Centre for Systems Solutions in Wrocław.

The Centre designs serious games; these are games which work both as games and which also educate people about different issues. They have designed online games, board games and role playing games for businesses, schools and environmental management professionals.

Jo will be working on games about water resources and energy, using her experience as an environmental consultant, and a sustainability advocate and academic.

Gamification is a big current research topic, and elements of gamification are used in many areas including public policy and education. Jo hopes to also learn about their game design process and bring back useful tools for my university teaching, as well as develop research contacts for the future.