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Recently Year One A-level Geography students from Cirencester College participated in the College’s annual Geography conference. Academics from local Universities visited the College to deliver talks on various topics relevant to this year’s focus on current research taking place in the geographical field.

The conference began with a talk from the University of Gloucestershire in which the students were informed about what they can expect from studying Geography at University as well as the current research taking place at the University.

This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to get a flavour of studying Geography at University before thinking about their next steps after College, as well as think about how they can apply current field research to the topics they’re studying in class.

After an engaging session on Plate Tectonics with the University of the West of England, the students divided into their respective pathways for the final sessions of the morning. Students on the Human Geography pathway participated in a session on development in Africa with the University of Worcester, while the Physical geographers joined a talk on weather extremes in a warming world delivered by the University of Gloucestershire.

Physical Geography student Weronika said “It has been an enlightening experience about what is going on in the world at the moment and has inspired me to think about Geography as a potential career”

Geography Course Team Leader Thomas Seale said “It was excellent to be able to invite so many University speakers into College and for our students to hear first-hand about current research in the field which can be applied to their current course. This conference also acts as a catalyst for some students who want to go on to study Geography at University, already some students are thinking about their next steps in this great subject”

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