The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences is committed to building relationships with schools, colleges, teachers and pupils.  

The School offers a range of outreach activities across the disciplines of Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Geology and Environmental Science.

Geology A-level Discovery Day

Friday 6 July 2018, 10.30 am to 3.00 pm University of Birmingham

This day, aimed at current Geology A-level (Year 12) students, will comprise a series of talks and workshops that build on A-level content and give an insight into geology at degree level. There will be opportunities to meet current staff and students, see University facilities, and visit the Lapworth Museum of Geology.Sessions include:

  • Reconstructing dinosaur bite force using virtual palaeontology
  • Ocean acidification, climate and carbonates
  • Controls on explosive volcanic hazards
  • New Views on Seafloor Spreading
  • Industry opportunities and geological careers

Registration for the day is essential. For more information or to register please contact les.outreach@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Explore Geography Day: GCSE and beyond

The University of Birmingham’s forthcoming Explore Geography Day: GCSE and beyond, is being held on Thursday 12 July 2018. This event aims to excite students about Geography and other related subjects (Geology, Environmental Sciences and Urban and Regional Planning) and to help Year 8 students prepare for their GSCE choices.

The event is free of charge and registration is now open for bookings, with a maximum booking size of 10 students per school. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Pupils will be expected to bring their own lunch, although light refreshments will be provided.  Alternatively, there is a café opposite the Geography Building where food can be purchased. 

This day has been designed to foster broader interest and knowledge in Geography at GCSE level and beyond - we welcome students who are undecided on their GCSE choices in the hope that we can help them make an informed decision.

To register for the day, please complete our event Booking Form. If you have any queries regarding the event, please contact Kate Studdard, Tel: 0121 414 6162 or email les.outreach@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Geography GCSE Options Day

Aimed at Year 8 and 9 pupils, this event showcases the options which are available, post-Geography GCSE through a range of engaging workshop sessions.

Year 10 Discovery Day

This event aims to raise awareness of the courses available in Life and Environmental Sciences, including:

  • Biosciences
  • Geography
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Physiology
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Psychology 

Students will attend a variety of sessions including lectures, demonstrations and a campus tour.

The next Year 10 Discovery Day event is scheduled for 2019. If you have any queries regarding the event, please contact Kate Studdard, Tel: 0121 414 6162 or email les.outreach@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Winners announced for the 2017 Young Geographers Photography Competition

The theme of the 2017 photography competition was ‘Changing Places’, open to all interpretations of changing geographies, spanning human and physical environments.  The judging panel were impressed with the number of high quality submissions from young geographers.  We congratulate the winners for their submissions.

photo-comp-2017-winnerWinner: Rebekkah Toland ‘Our Frozen Future’ (St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Birmingham)
photo-comp-2017-runner-upRunner up: Amirah Rafique ‘A glimpse into the past’ (Queen Marys High School, Walsall)


The 2018 competition will be announced on this webpage and twitter in the New Year.

RGS Geography Ambassadors

Our RGS Geography Ambassadors have been trained by the Royal Geographical Society to facilitate classroom sessions and workshops in schools and colleges.

We work with our Geography Ambassadors to further engage with schools in our local area.

Contact us

For more information about outreach activities email School Outreach Officer (Geography) Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill.

University of Birmingham outreach 

If you would like to sign up to the central mailing list for a termly newsletter (featuring information on forthcoming events), please email: studentrecruitment@contacts.bham.ac.uk

See the outreach resources page for more information.