University of Worcester
University of Worcester
Our Science and the Environment Discovery Days offer students the opportunity to try new things in a university setting. Working with academic staff, using the same equipment and facilities we use to conduct our research and teach our undergraduates; participants will gain first-hand experience of studying at a university. at University of Worcester

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Human Geography for AS & A level students

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Event Summary:

Our Science and the Environment Discovery Days offer students the opportunity to try new things in a university setting. Working with academic staff, using the same equipment and facilities we use to conduct our research and teach our undergraduates; participants will gain first-hand experience of studying at a university.

Full Event Details:

DISCOVER GEOGRAPHY
Human Geography
Number of participants: 15-30
Time: 10am-2pm, 23 January, 30 January, 12 June

This day contains two activities one of which concerns sustainable development in a developing country and the other utilises GIS technology to identify potential flooding that may impinge on properties and businesses.

The sustainable development of wetlands in Ethiopia: whose knowledge counts?

In this session we will be highlighting how Geography, as an interdisciplinary subject, is ideally placed to help us address the challenges of sustainable development in the developing world. In particular, we will be discussing the case of Western Ethiopia where wetlands are being developed for agriculture by local people, but where conservationists also fear the widespread destruction of wetland ecosystems. Can local people be trusted to manage wetlands in a sustainable manner? Without giving too much of the punch line away… this is an interactive lecture in which students are introduced to the tensions between environment and development in the developing world. In developing win-win outcomes for both, planners and projects have increasingly turned towards local people and their ‘indigenous’ knowledge for answers. Within this session, students are invited to undertake an activity to assess their own indigenous knowledge and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of involving local people in planning and development decision-making.

Geographical Information systems: Using GIS and on-line resources to map extreme flood events within the City of Worcester.

In this session we would look at the availability of on-line flood resources and consider their accuracy when mapping flood risk. We will then use Geographical Information Systems to identify properties and businesses who may be at risk during an extreme flood event. In addition the session will look at the use of GIS in creating maps of potential geological hazards. The session will look at the availability of real-time earthquake data and how these are used to predict areas where potential problems may arise.

Suitable For:

Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)
Individuals (Enquiry not required to be through a school)

Duration:

Half Day

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Minimum number of students:

1

Institution Profile:

The University of Worcester is a close-knit and high-achieving community where students are supported to succeed at every level.

The University is a truly inclusive place where every person counts as an individual. From designing imaginative facilities to providing practical support and tailored learning, we strive to help people of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve their own rich potential. We work hard to break down barriers and provide opportunities for all.

Worcester is home to Europe’s first integrated university and public library, The Hive, and Britain’s first inclusive indoor sports hall purpose-designed to include the wheelchair athlete, the University of Worcester Arena, two facilities that exemplify our commitment to inclusion. We are top in the UK for gender equality and in the top 10 of universities to best reflect society.

Our commitment to supporting students’ wellbeing was recognised in being shortlisted for Outstanding Student Support in the 2018 Times Higher University Awards, and we are regularly identified as a best practice example in this field.

We believe in educating and supporting the whole person to succeed in their own personal endeavours but to also use the skills they develop to build a better world.

Worcester has one of the best records of graduate employment in the Country. In the Government-published Longitudinal Educational Outcomes survey (2017), Worcester was placed in the top 10 for sustained employment with or without further study, one, two and three years after graduation. Over 97% of our graduates are in work or continuing to study within six months of graduating.

A key feature of a University of Worcester education is the golden triangle of professional education, which interweaves expert knowledge and practical learning. At the three points of the triangle are the well-motivated student, an inspiring educator, and an expert professional mentor.

With close industry links across a range of sectors, Worcester students have opportunities to access work placements, to earn-as-they-learn in jobs relevant to your studies, as well as volunteering, all helping to build your skills, confidence and employability.

In the first ever national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Worcester was rated Silver, with assessors commenting that Worcester “delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students” and “consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education”.

We were placed 15th for teaching quality and 18th for student experience in the Times Good University Guide 2019.

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