The Society’s Learning and Leading programme was set up in 2008 and over the past eight years over 400 people have been able to take part in fieldwork and overseas travel thanks to the programme’s support.
Students and teachers facing challenging circumstances have been able to take advantage of the programme which supports their aspirations and achievement through four strands:
On 12 September, participants of the programme since the beginning came together at the Society to celebrate each other’s achievements and the difference that taking part in Learning and Leading has made to them.
Torquil Hall, who received a Gap Scholarship and mentoring said: “Without this programme I would have been a kid from a poor family who would have just stuck to what I knew and gone straight into some easy job and wasted my time. I doubt I would be where I am today (undergraduate and Master’s degrees, well-travelled, and planning on working abroad in the future) without my experience on my gap year funded by RGS-IBG when I was 18, so I am very, very grateful to have been involved.”
Summing up at the end of the celebrations, Steve Brace, Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, said: “The Society is proud to have been able to provide such formative travel, fieldwork and research opportunities for these enthusiastic and committed geographers. We look forward to hearing from them as they continue through their geographical studies and careers.”
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Les takes us to Burrington Ham on the north side of the Mendip Hills to talk about the future management of this highly important landscape steeped in history.
7 September 2019
The Society congratulates the nine geographers elected this week as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.
20 March 2019
Professor Matthew Goodwin examines the drivers of the vote for Brexit, what it tells us about public opinion and party politics in Britain and what might happen next.
16 October 2017
Olly Bartlett is a PhD Researcher at the University of Exeter researching into how we measure ice sheets and glaciers using satellites, planes and drones.
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