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insight4me Geography: Systems & Landscapes With UEA & University Of Reading

June 17 @ 14:15 - 15:15







insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for current Year 12 students. The sessions support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording students the opportunity to talk to different universities and make informed comparisons about how, in this case, Geography is taught.

In this insight4me Geography webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, University Of Reading and University of East Anglia, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Systems & Landscapes, the universities have the freedom to choose their own topic and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the Year 12 students.

Through the discussion, the universities are encouraged to provide an insight into the teaching and learning experience of this topic at university, and compare and contrast how other subject areas across the Geography spectrum might be treated. Students will gain an insight into how these subjects continue beyond the A-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications.

By hearing from 2 unis, students will also appreciate how the further study of Geography can vary between institutions, contributing to the depth of their HE research and assisting informed decision making.

Full details of the universities and their talks are below:

  • University of East Anglia: Professor Andrew Lovett from the UEA School of Environmental Sciences will present Energy Systems and LandscapesChanging the UK energy system to meet the objective of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will have a number of implications for our land use and landscapes.  This lecture discusses a number of these issues, including the land required for more renewable energy generation and targets to increase woodland or forest cover. Questions over where such changes should take place and the approaches and policies needed to maximise public benefits will also be discussed.
  • University of Reading: Professor Nicholas Branch from the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science at University of Reading will present Climate Systems and Agricultural Landscapes. The long-term impact of climate change on agro-pastoral farming systems and their water supplying ecosystems in developing countries remains uncertain. This is very apparent in mountainous areas where social and economic pressures compounded by enhanced climate variability are leading to out-migration and chronic poverty. This lecture will discuss some of the challenges faced by farming communities in the Peruvian Andes in the ancient past and at the present day, and consider the opportunities afforded by climate change and potential solutions depending upon the adaptive capacity. Questions over the focus of future research and the benefits for rural communities in Peru will also be discussed.   


Students will have the chance to question each speaker and/or offer their own ideas.

This will be a dynamic, fast paced event. The universities will decide how to manage the time but a rough guide would be a 20 minute talk followed by questions from the schools.



Suitable for: Year 12 students studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Geography and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Geography at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. You will be able to interact with the university via microphones and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This session is now fully booked.


June 17
14:15 - 15:15
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