Department of Geography working to enhance employability

IMG_1916-1Dr Jonathan Potts, Principal Lecturer in geography, and Linley Hastewell, Laboratory Manager, represented the University this week at a Royal Geographical Society meeting to share best practice on developing employability. 

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography. They are a world leader in advancing geography and supporting its practitioners in the UK and across the world.

Its Research and Higher Education Division hosted the meeting for those who have responsibility for teaching and developing employability in geography courses. Over 30 geography departments from across the UK were represented and the day included policy scene-setting and latest data, as well as presentations from departments on the range of initiatives, activities and teaching practices being used to develop the skills, knowledge and values geography graduates will need in the world beyond higher education.

Dr Potts said that: ‘The day was really productive – a series of short presentations and breakout groups really helped to provide a varied and insightful look at what other departments are doing. We will now be able to translate and develop some really innovative and inspiring ideas into the context of geography and the wider University. ‘

Dr Potts, together with colleagues Dr Brian Baily and Dr Malcolm Bray, is part of the Department of Geography’s  Employability Group consisting of academics, technical and administrative staff and, importantly, current students. The group looks at issues such as embedding employability into the curriculum, developing our alumni networks and working with the Purple Door team.

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