Oakham School Geography society welcomed four University of Nottingham lecturers to give Upper School Geography students a taste of university lectures and current research in their fields.
Professor Louise Crewe, Professor of Human Geography, introduced pupils to the world of fashion geographies and commodification of brands opening their eyes to the truths behind what we wear and the true price tag of luxury items we crave.
Professor Richard Field, Associate Professor of Biogeography, spoke about the world of bio-geographies and the impacts of alien species as well as how to map species dispersal.
Dr Carol Morris, Associate Professor of Rural Environmental Geography, gave a talk on “Meatification” and the impact of eating too much meat sharing her research methods and approaches to her analysis of Paul McCartney’s campaign for ‘Meat Free Mondays’.
The final speaker was Dr Suzanne McGowan, Professor of Freshwater Sciences, who shared her research undertaken in the Arctic on the impacts of algae and climate change in rivers and water courses.
Teacher of Geography Mrs Hannah Campion said, “The event was a great success. It gave students ideas and examples as to how to conduct academic research, which will be useful for next term’s Extended Project Qualification and Extended Essay applications. The evening also gave the students a chance to talk to the lecturers about studying Geography at degree level and the different opportunities offered at Nottingham University.”
Oakham School Geography Society now looks forward to its Spring Term events, which aim to bring Geography to life outside the classroom.