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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG): the heart of geography

Advocacy for geography

The Society is a leading advocate and influential voice for geography in the UK.

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The Society:

  • Advocates the benefits of geography in primary and secondary education to government, other policy-makers and to head-teachers.
  • Advises Government on policy relating to geography in research and higher education, and acts as an advocate for the professional geographical workforce.
  • Advises Government and other policy-makers on high-quality, safe fieldwork and outdoor education for all, using the expertise of our fieldwork researchers and members.

Responses to consultations and inquiries

View all responses to consultations and inquiries submitted by the RGS-IBG.


Recent policy developments

  • Fieldwork and Outdoor Learning

The Society is an internationally renowned, independent expert voice on the value and importance of fieldwork; from visits to local schools to advanced, long-term international research projects. Our policy work is also informed by the first-hand experience of advising and training teachers, parents, students and youth leaders to participate in a wide range of outdoor education and fieldwork activities.

  • Data Skills

Geography has a particular role as a physical and a social science in supporting data skills.

In 2016, the Society launched a two-year programme on Data Skills in Geography, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. This is an integrated programme of work across higher education and schools to support teachers' and students' understanding of data skills, confidence in their use and knowledge of their value to further study and employment.

This work draws on a long history of support for quantitative skills at the Society, including joining with other learned societies and organisations to sign a joint statement in 2012.


Policy monitoring

Subscribe to Geobyte, a weekly e-bulletin from the Society, for updates from the geographical research and higher education community, including relevant higher education policy developments.


Advocacy for geography in professional practice

Find out more about the Society's Chartered Geographer accreditation for those with competence, experience and professionalism in the use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills in the workplace. 

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