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'From the Field' Goldsmiths' Award

Are you a teacher interested in inspiring young people to get involved in fieldwork? Do you want to work with experienced researchers to develop exciting new educational resources for your pupils and other geography teachers?

Delivered in collaboration with The Goldsmiths' Company, several awards of £500 are available to geography teachers to work alongside practitioners at the cutting edge of geographical research to develop educational resources for the classroom.

Deadline

There are three dates each year:

  • 14 January
  • 23 April
  • 13 September

Application details

'From the Field' Goldsmiths' Award guidelines (PDF)
Research Ethics Code of Practice (PDF)

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Key Stage 4 resources developed by Award recipients
Key Stage 5 resources developed by Award recipients

'From the Field' Goldsmiths' Award recipients

 2013: David Rogers. 'Living with Typhoons: Disaster Management in rural Taiwan'. These key stage 4 resources look at disaster management and human responses in rural Taiwan, following on from Typhoon Morakot in 2009.

 2013: Alan Parkinson. 'Pole of Cold - What does winter mean to you?'. The key stage 4 resources are based on a journey supported by the Land Rover Bursary, chasing the onset of winter across Europe and Siberia to reach the Pole of Cold - the coldest inhabited place in the northern hemisphere.

 2013: Rachel Randle. 'Returning “home”?: Emotional geographies of the disaster displacement in Christchurch, New Zealand'. These key stage 5 resources look at the emotional geographies of disaster displacement in Christchurch, New Zealand following on from recent earthquakes.

 2012: Lydia Williams. 'Arid environments - Life on the Margins:  Natural hazards in the Gobi Desert'. These key stage 5 resources are based on the research of Dr Troy Sternberg, recipient of the Thesiger-Oman International Fellowship. The resources highlight various challenges facing those living in the region, including natural hazards and food production and security.

 2012: Phil Avery. 'Seaweed farming: An exploration by sea kayak of liminal (marginal) living and rural development in North Sulawesi, Indonesia'. These key stage 4 resources are based on the research of the 'Hugging the Coast' team, recipients of the Neville Shulman Challenge Award. The resources highlight rural development and climate change within the casestudy of seaweed farming.

  2012: Amanda Bell. 'Coral Reef Ecosystems'. The key stage 4 resources are based of the research of Dr Phillip Dustan, recipient of the Ralph Brown Expedition Award. Phillip and his team undertook a diving expedition at Menjangan Island, part of the Bali Barat Nature Reserve in North West Bali. The resources focus on damaged reef ecosystems and the management of this fragile environment.

  2012: Martin Parham. 'Tectonic landscapes: Volcanic research at a subduction zone'. The key stage 5 resources are based on the research of the 'Volcanoefiles', a group of PhD students from the University of Cambridge that study various aspects of volcanic activity at sites internationally. The team received a Geographical Fieldwork Grant for their project in Chile. The resources provide case studies of contrasting active volcanoes and highlight the importance of data collection for mitigating future hazards.

  2012: Bob Lang. 'Urbanisation and Migration'. The key stage 4 resources are based on the research of Jane Labous, recipient of the Journey of a Lifetime Award, who went to Mali to meet with the sand-diggers who dredge sand from the River Niger for the countries booming building trade. The resources highlight rural dwellers who have migrated to the urban hub of Bamako for employment.

  2011: Emma Brayne. 'Extreme Tourism'. The key stage 4 resources are based on the research of Paul Howard and Tanzin Norbu, recipients of the Neville Shulman Challenge Award. The journey took the challenging route through the Chadar Gorge to the Himalayan Kingdom of Zanskar in winter. The resources highlight the expansion of extreme tourism and the resultant effect of these fragile environments.

  2011: Alan Parkinson. 'Moorland Ecology'. The key stage 4 resources are based on the research of PhD student Rose Wilcox, supported by the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award. The project focussed on the ecosystem services provided by moorlands, and the effect on these ecosystems as a result of moorland fires. The resources highlight the management of a the moorland ecosystem after a fire and the restoration of the morrland.

  2011: Alan Parkinson. 'Energy Security'. The key stage 5 resources are based on the research of PhD student Ralitsa Hiteva, supported by the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award. The project explored the way that energy is used, governed and controlled in a number of EU countries. The resources look at energy consumption, both at a local level (consumption by the school) and a a global level, and energy security for the future.

  2011: Eleanor Coulber. 'Ocean Acidification'. The key stage 5 resources are based on the research of Dr Helen Findlay, recipient of the Ralph Brown Expedition Award. The project studied effects of ocean acidification on Arctic marine communities. The resources analyse data collected by the researcher, incorporating the methods of statistical analysis required across A Level specifications.

  2011: Dr David Anderson. 'Glacial Landscapes'. The key stage 5 resources are based on the research of Dr Stephanie Mills and Dr Tim Burrows, recipients of the Peter Fleming Award. The project focussed on the past climate and glaciation of the Drakensberg Mountains of southern Africa. The resources look at the Last Glacial Maximum and the evidence by which researchers can judge the changes in climate over time.

About the Award

The 'From the Field' Awards supported by The Goldsmiths' Company, were first given in 2011. This scheme aims to develop a range of resources for GCSE and A Level students in line with exam board specifications that draw on projects supported by the Society's grants programme. The inspiration of fieldwork sits at their core.

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