Award for the A Level independent investigation.
Sir Ron Cooke, an eminent physical geographer and former President of the Society, has kindly supported a new award for A Level students.
The award recognises students’ work towards the independent investigation, also known as the NEA. The first Ron Cooke Award was presented to a student who completed an NEA for the 2018 examinations, at our medals and awards ceremony in 2019.
Student’s outstanding NEAs can be submitted in the below format and we want to celebrate students’ work which had engaged them with new ideas, provided opportunities for innovation and/or demonstrates their personal interest in geography.
Entries must be a fully marked NEA, though we will take account of accommodations that may have had to be made in regard to the COVID-19 restrictions over previous years.
We are delighted that the examination boards are supportive of this award and will also be encouraging their centres to submit outstanding scripts for consideration.
Teachers can submit their students’ work by emailing an electronic copy of their scripts and your student's proposal/planning form to email@example.com. More than one submission can be made by a school.
Please write Ron Cooke Award in the email subject box and include the following details:
Teacher and school contact details
Student name and final marks for the NEA
A short supporting statement from the teacher explaining why the script(s) have been submitted and any relevant information about the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the student’s work.
Submissions must be received by 24 February 2023.
The winner will be invited to attend our annual Medals and Awards Ceremony in 2023.
The 2022 Ron Cooke Award has been awarded to Joelle D’Mello from Trinity School for her A Level Independent Investigation titled “Through economic status, the environment, accessibility, and regeneration, how does quality of living vary between a rural and urban area?”
The 2021 Ron Cooke Award has been awarded to Hollie Daw from Queen Mary's College for her A Level Independent Investigation "An examination of the factors affecting infiltration rate at Ashford Hill National Nature Reserve."
Find out more about our medals and awards.
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