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Research and Higher Education events

The Research and Higher Education Division invites representatives of university geography departments and others with an interest in discussing pedagogy, academic practice and career progression in geography to attend one or more of the events taking place this year.

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Forthcoming events

Professional development day for geography external examiners (current, new or aspiring)

 Friday 24 November 2017

A one-day professional development workshop, in which the Higher Education Academy will deliver their national training course for External Examiners, using geography-specific activities and resources. The course is recognised by the HEA as professional development.

While this course may appeal most to new and aspiring external examiners, we also encourage more experienced examiners to attend, to receive a refresher on the external examining process, to share their experience, and to further develop a shared understanding of academic standards in geography. 

Date and time: 10.00am to 5.00pm Friday 24 November 2017
Location: RGS-IBG, London
Cost: Free to attend, but participants should seek support from their institutions for any travel costs associated with attending.  (If your department cannot support your attendance, limited funding towards travel costs may be available.)

The aim of this workshop is to enable external examiners, including those who are new or aspiring, to:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the external examiner as articulated in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, and what this might mean in practice
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the nature of academic standards and professional judgment, and explore the implications for external examining
  • Use evidence-informed approaches to contribute to impartial, transparent judgments on academic standards and the enhancement of student learning
  • Understand the purpose and value of ongoing calibration in supporting the use of common 'disciplinary community' standards

The workshop will use a combination of sector-wide and geography-specific resources to set the discussions of academic standards and evidence-informed approaches in context.

The workshop has a limited number of places.  We expect the workshop to be oversubscribed, so ask that anyone interested complete a short application form which describes why they wish to attend the workshop. We will contact all those who registered interest shortly after the closing date (3 November 2017) to let them know if they have been successful.

Register interest here 

The registration form will close at midnight on Friday 3 November.

For questions about the event, or about applying for a place, please contact Dr Stephanie Wyse (s.wyse@rgs.org).

Past events

New to teaching in geography, earth and environmental sciences - postgraduates who teach (May, October 2017)

A workshop for PhD students and graduate teaching assistants that offers practical advice and ideas for teaching and supporting learning in geography, earth and environmental sciences. Download resources from the workshops


Teaching in geography, earth and environmental sciences (GEES) - workshop and networking (November 2016)

A two-day workshop for early-career academics to develop teaching skills in geography, earth and environmental sciences (GEES), offering networking opportunities, pedagogical practice and ideas for teaching, and subject-specific advice from experts across the disciplines.

Click here to read more about the workshop and to download slides/other resources.

This event was delivered in partnership with: The Institution of Environmental Sciences, The Geological Society, and the British Society for Geomorphology.


Equality and diversity for geography departments (Sept 2017 and previously)

A twice-yearly meeting for departmental representatives on Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter Mark self-assessment teams and/or those interested in equality and diversity initiatives in their departments and institutions. The slides, notes and other resources from these meetings may be found on the page for equality and diversity in higher education.


Career progression in geography: workshop for mid-career academics (July 2016)

A small group of mid-career geographers gathered to discuss strategies and opportunities for mid-career progression, led by Mike Heffernan (Nottingham), Nina Laurie (St Andrews) and Ian Candy (RHUL). Notes and presentations from the workshop may be found on the page for career progression in geography.


Geography and employability (May 2016)

The Society hosted a meeting for geography departments and others to share good practice around embedding employability in the undergraduate geography curriculum. Resources and notes from that event may be found on the page for embedding employability in the curriculum.

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