Category Archives: Teaching

First year Geography BA teaching

We had a meeting last week to decide on the final outline for our Human Geographies of a Changing World module – the core module for first year students on our brand new Geography BA programme at UEA. I’ve found it both exciting and daunting to be involved in this process of creating introductory material for new students from scratch. On the one hand, it’s a privilege to be able to play a part in shaping UEA Geography’s emerging identity, and explore the different ways we can thread our particular concern with the environment through the full spectrum of approaches in academic Geography. On the other hand, its quite a responsibility to be charged with introducing new students to the discipline, and I’m constantly thinking about things we might have missed or that I might misrepresent in my teaching. Though, I’m assured by others that there will inevitably be a process of re-organising and re-writing ¬†after our first year of running this module.

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Using blogging and social media in teaching

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to incorporate blogging and social media into University teaching over the last few weeks. This was prompted in part by this very interesting article on the Guardian’s Higher Education Network – which talked about some social media platforms which even I as a millennial have no experience using! This semester is also the second time that I have run the formative assessment component of my colleague Jason Chilvers’ ‘Science, Society & Sustainability’ Master’s level module as a blogging task. We were pleased with how the task went last year and the students seemed to enjoy it and find it useful, so we are running it again this year with a few small tweaks.


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New job: Lecturer in the Human Geography of the Environment

UEA GeographyLast week I was delighted to be offered a lectureship in the Human Geography of the Environment in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, where I have been based since I started my Master’s degree. I will formally take up the lectureship on April 1st (when I will be, appropriately, at the Association of American Geographers annual conference in San Francisco) and my main task will be contribute to and help shape the School’s new Geography BA programme which starts in September 2016. I will carry on my involvement with the UKERC energy participation project which I have been working on as a senior research associate for the last year, but my new role¬†will also give me the opportunity develop my ideas around ‘democratic innovations’ further and put some new research proposals together. I will also be helping to run field trips and taking on other teaching and administrative responsibilities.

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