Lectures for Schools Series

The Department offers a series of lectures for sixth form students. The lectures we offer have been updated this year to support the new A Level specifications on offer. Please contact the Department for further information or to request a speaker (our staff can either visit your school or college; or we can make arrangements to host the lecture on the University Campus). Plenty of advance notice is advised. If nothing in the table below satisfies your students’ educational needs, please drop us a line and we will try and help you. Please bookmark this page and link your school's geography pages with this site for easy access to the latest information.

Bridging the Development Gap - Dr Jen Dickinson

This talk examines the hidden implications of development policies designed to address the 'development gap'. Through an examination of the situation of women, who often shoulder the burden of poverty, population pressures and global health crises, this talk will question the effectiveness of policies designed to improve the economies of developing countries.

A-Level Specification Information

AQA Unit Geog 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues
(Human Options: Development & Globalisation)

Edexcel Unit 3: Contested Planet
(Topic 5: Bridging the Development Gap)

OCR Unit F763: Global Issues
(Option B3: Development and Inequalities)

WJEC Unit G3: Contemporary Themes & Research in Geography

Changing Rural Settlements in 21st Century Britain - Dr Martin Phillips

This talk discusses the extent and cause of change in rural settlements, focusing particularly on transformations in the social structure of village populations and associated changes in rural lifestyles and identities. Attention is drawn to the formation of rural gentrification and associated problems such as rural homelessness, and to the potential social impacts of conservation and sustainable development planning policies on rural communities. The talk discusses change across Britain and in particular areas, including remote rural areas and settlements in the rural/urban fringe.

A-Level Specification Information

WJEC Unit G2: Changing Human Envrionments

Extreme Environments: Deserts - Dr Mark Powell

One of the startling paradoxes of many dryland environments is that their geomorphology is mostly the result of the action of water on hillslopes and in channels. This talk examines why water plays such an important role in fashioning desert landscapes and describes a range of landforms created by fluvial processes in desert areas such as SW USA and the Middle East. Particular attention is given to understanding desert hydrology and the incidence of flash floods, sediment transport processes including debris flows and landforms of erosion (e.g. badlands) and deposition (e.g. alluvial fans). The talk concludes by considering some aspects of managing environmental risk and hazard in such environments.

A-Level Specification Information

AQA Unit Geog 1: Physical Option topic

OCR Unit F761: Managing Physical Environments

WJEC Unit G3: Contemporary Themes and Research in Geography

Global Energy Dilemmas - Prof Mike Bradshaw

This talk examines the geographical dimensions of the current energy supply situation in the world. Having examined the different geographies of energy production and consumption, the talk focuses on the different types of energy dilemmas faced by different parts of the world.

A-Level Specification Information

AQA Unit Geog 1: Optional Human Topic: Energy Issues

Edexcel Unit 3: Contested Planet; Topic 1: Energy Security

OCR Unit F762: Managing Change in Human Environments

Globalisation - Dr. Gavin Brown

This talk will consider the political, economic and cultural aspects of contemporary globalisation.  It will propose that globalisation is not just a ‘global’ phenomenon, suggesting instead that it results from actions and decisions taken in particular places, and that is it produced through the relationships between different localities.

A-Level Specification Information

AQA Unit Geog 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues
(Human Options: Development and Globalisation)

Edexcel Unit 1: Global Challenges
(topic: Going Global)

OCR Unit F763: Global Issues
(Option B2: Globalisation)

WJEC Unit G3: Contemporary Themes & Research in Geography

Investigating Global Migration and Population Change - Dr Jen Dickinson

Through a case study of London, this talk examines the global dimensions of international migration. Following an overview of the historical roots of migration in slavery and colonialism, this talk focuses on the social, cultural, economic and political challenges that migration poses for people and governments.

A-Level Specification Information

Edexcel Unit 1: Global Challenges
(topic: Going Global)

WJEC Unit G2: Changing Human Environments

Managing Rural Change - Dr Katy Bennett & Dr Martin Phillips

This talk will explore the social and economic factors that associated with change in British rural areas over recent decades. It will examine the factors that lead to growth or decline in rural areas; and consider the resulting social, economic and cultural inequalities and differences that can result from these changes.

A-Level Specification Information

Edexcel Unit 2 (Topic 3) Unequal Spaces

OCR Unit F762 Managing Change in Human Environments

Managing Urban Change - Dr Gavin Brown & Dr Martin Phillips

This talk will provide an overview of various social, economic and environmental processes that lead to urban change. Using case studies from around the world, it will examine how these changes can produce divisions and inequalities in the urban landscape. It will also consider different ways in which city governments and community groups have sought to manage and tackle these inequalities.

A-Level Specification Information

AQA Unit Geog 1: Core Human section: Population change

Edexcel Unit 2 Geographical Investigations (fieldwork and research) (Topic 3: Unequal Spaces)

OCR Unit F762: Managing Change in Human Environments

Radical Solutions to Environmental Crisis - Dr Jenny Pickerill

If our environmental problems are as big and dramatic as many suspect, then we need to explore radical solutions to mitigate and adapt to them. This talk will use a couple of examples of such radical solutions being practised in the UK and ask - what role should we, as geographers, play in the debates about sustainable solutions?

A-Level Specification Information

AQA Unit Geog 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues

Edexcel Unit 1: Global Challenges
(Topic: World at Risk)

Using GIS to quantify and minimise the impacts of Post office closures - Dr Lex Comber

The government is closing 3000 post offices. This talk assesses the impacts of these closures against the government's six accessibility targets and shows that five of them are not met. A method for choosing an alternative set of closures is proposed using an optimisation routine that minimises the impacts of post office closures in terms of different target groups.

A-Level Specification Information

Edexcel Unit 2 Geographical Investigations (fieldwork and research) (Topic 3: Unequal Spaces)

OCR Unit F762: Managing Change in Human Environments

WJEC Unit G3: Contemporary Themes & Research in Geography

Using GIS to quantify urban life: access to urban greenspace - Dr Lex Comber

This talk reports work that compares the access to urban greenspace for different ethnic and religious groups in Leicester. GIS analysis reveals spatial patterns that are otherwise hidden: despite lots of greenspace in Leicester (more than most cities) it is not evenly distributed. This work shows the inequalities in access to greenspace: if you are 'Indian' in Leicester you have 44% less access to greenspace than if you are white British.

A-Level Specification Information

Edexcel Unit 2 Geographical Investigations (fieldwork and research) (Topic 3: Unequal Spaces)

OCR Unit F762: Managing Change in Human Environments

WJEC Unit G3: Contemporary Themes & Research in Geography

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