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Young Geographer of the Year competition 2014

Young Geographer of the Year (YGOTY) competition, run in partnership with the Geographical, is for geography pupils aged nine to 18.  It is awarded every year alongside the Rex Walford award which recognises the work of a trainee or new geography teacher.  

Young geographers demonstrated the many different ways geography can help you, as the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Geographical magazine’s Young Geographer of the Year 2014 winners were announced. The awards were presented to students in a special ceremony at the Society’s headquarters in Kensington, London on Friday 28 November 2014.

This year’s question was ‘How can geography help you?’ Pupils were asked to relate the value of geography to a number of different settings, considering the significance of both human and physical geography at a variety of different levels. Our winning entries demonstrate how geography can support our everyday lives, improve our understanding of the world’s people, places and environments and help to prepare students for life beyond school.

Commenting on the winners, Steve Brace, Head of Education and Outdoor Learning at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), said: “In answering the question ‘How can geography help you?’ our winners showed real geographical ability. Their high quality entries demonstrated the relevance of geography to many aspects of their lives, be it at the local or global scale.”

The competition has categories for Key Stage Two, Key Stage Three, GCSE and A Level students.

Each category had one overall winner and three highly commended entries. The winners were:

9 to 11 years category (KS2)

Winner: Beth Green, St Paulinus Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

11-14 years category (KS3)

Winner: Ben Waller, Cardinal Newman Catholic School | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

14-16 years category (KS4)

Winner: Victoria Synek Herd, Colyton Grammar School | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

16-18 years category (KS5)

Winner: Sophie Catherine Topp, St Helen and St Katharine | View entry (JPG)

Highly Commended entries:

Details of the Young Geographer of the Year award in 2015 will be published in Spring 2015.


Rex Walford Award 2014

Rex Walford Award 2014 – for student teachers or teaching colleague new to the classroom

The Society was also delighted to announce the winner of The Rex Walford Award 2014 for PGCSE students and newly qualified teachers (NQT), reflecting the late Rex Walford’s passion for training new geography teachers. This was awarded to the best set of teaching resources, scheme of work or lesson plans linked to this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition. The winner of the annual award in 2014 was Becki Quigley from The McAuley Catholic Voluntary Academy in Doncaster. Becki can be seen in the slideshow above.

Supported by:

Cotswold Outdoor Ordnance Survey
Philips Stanfords

David W.Smith Memorial Prize 2015 Essay Competition, supported by Routledge Publishers

The Developing Areas Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) annual essay competition in memory of David W. Smith.

David W Smith, who also published under the name of David Drakakis Smith, was an outstanding scholar committed to researching on Third World cities. He died in 1999.

A2 level students in England and Wales and Advanced Higher students in Scotland are invited to write an essay of up to 1500 words on the following title:

Discuss the challenges faced by cities in the developing world in their efforts to become sustainable.

Essay prize: £100 in book vouchers. Essays should be word processed, double spaced.

Essays must be received by Friday 27 February 2015. Please include your name, school and contact details with your essay. Your teacher must confirm that the essay is your own work.
If you would like to acknowledge receipt of your essay please include a stamped addressed envelope.

Submit either hard copy or electronic copy to the address below.

Gill Miller
David W Smith Memorial Prize
Department of Geography and Development Studies
University of Chester College
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ   
g.miller@chester.ac.uk

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