Geography Ambassador scheme
The Geography Ambassadors scheme recruits, trains and supports undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate geographers from universities and business to act as ambassadors for geography in the classroom and beyond.
This is a great way to introduce students to the benefits of studying geography and encouraging them to pursue the subject not only beyond the compulsory stages, but also into higher education and employment.
The ambassadors act as positive role models for pupils and illustrate, via a range of fun, interactive and informative sessions, the specific and transferable skills they have developed as a geographer. The scheme works closely with schools, universities and businesses and offers opportunity for all to strengthen their links with each other on a local scale.
Ambassador visits are arranged via the coordinator, Simon Faulkner, and the assistant for the scheme, Maryam S Draper.
Undergraduates, postgraduates and graduates
What will ambassadors offer?
Ambassadors can participate in a variety of things on the scheme. Often they will be delivering lively, activity-based sessions to a group of school on a mutually agreed theme such as:
- Why study geography?
- Geography and careers
- My research interest and experience of the subject
- An ‘I Love Geography’ session, which is the most common and combines all of the above
Ambassadors can also:
- Support geography clubs
- Support fieldwork trips, both residential and overseas
- Support events at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) such as our Going Places with Geography events
- Support third party events such as Restless Earth Workshops run by the British Cartographic Society
- Provide sessions which are particularly focused on development issues and global perspectives, through the Society’s involvement in the Global Learning Programme
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How do I become a geography ambassador?
We ask that you attend a three-hour training session before starting to volunteer on the scheme. The training session is fun, interactive and aims to equip you with everything you need to feel confident for your first visit.
We run training sessions at many different universities around the country so if you are interested in joining the scheme please fill in one of the application forms below and email it to Simon Faulkner. Training sessions are arranged throughout the academic year but are confirmed at different times so contact Simon for an up to date list.
- Ambassador application form PDF | MSWORD
- Graduate Ambassador application form PDF | MSWORD
If you have any questions or for further information please contact Simon Faulkner.
Teachers and schools
I am interested in booking a geography ambassador. How do I get my school involved?
Signing up to the scheme is free and easy. Simply log on to our Find Geography Ambassadors website, create a profile for your school, enter the details of the type of visit you would like and start your search for an ambassador to visit your school. Often ambassadors visit schools to coincide with a key intervention point such as:
- Options choices in Year 9/at Key Stage 3 (KS3)
- Level Three course choices in late spring
- Year 12 and 13 Higher Education awareness programmes
- Careers events
- Information for teachers PDF
If you have any questions or require further information please contact Simon Faulkner.
How can your university become involved?
Would you like to offer your students a chance to gain greater real-world experience and improve their transferable skills? We are looking for university departments to encourage their undergraduate and postgraduate students to get involved in the scheme. Universities currently involved in the scheme tend to host training events for the newest cohort of students signed up to the scheme but students are welcome to attend any other training sessions that take place around the country.
- Information for universities PDF
- The Geography Ambassador scheme is kindly supported by these Institutions PDF | MSWORD
The scheme is an excellent way of improving links between your department and local schools, raising awareness of the university amongst pupils and widening participation in further and higher education.
If you would like to get involved in the scheme, or find out more information please contact Simon Faulkner.
Geography Ambassador visits in London are supported by London Schools Excellence Fund through the Rediscovering London's Geography project
The Geography Ambassador scheme is kindly supported by