To the class of 2020

Congratulations – you made it!

We know that the last few months have been difficult, but you have risen to the challenge and here you are, at the end of your degree at Keele University. You have shown resilience, determination and we are proud of your achievements so far. 

You may already have plans for your next steps, but for those who are undecided, please remember that there is no rush to decide your future right now. If you are feeling anxious about entering the job market, given that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, be assured that the School of GGE, and the Central Careers Service are here to support and offer guidance as needed.

Below you'll find useful career advice, staff videos and a list of students who have won prizes. 




Our staff would like to share their congratulations to the Class of 2020

Life after your degree

GGE Careers Tutor, Dr Antonia Law,  shares her top tips for graduates seeking career advice.

Keep signed up to The Keele Careers Service

As a graduate you can make appointments with our Careers Consultants, gain access to hundreds of resources and attend free workshops and event sessions for up to 3 years after you graduate. All you need to do is send an email to the Careers Admin Team. They can update your expired student account meaning you have access to everything a current student has for the next 3 years!
Email: and provide them with your email address.

Stuck for job inspiration?

As a graduate, you have a lot of subject-specific skills and knowledge and transferable skills which will put you ahead in the job market, but sometimes it’s difficult to decide which career you want to pursue. Take a look at job sites such as Prospects, which allows you to browse job profiles, responsibilities and required qualifications.

Also, The Royal Geographical Society with IBG and The Geological Society offer excellent career advice to students, and provide information on the different job sectors out there. Don’t forget to read graduate case studies on websites too (including ours!) – These are a great way to find out what different jobs entail.

Finding jobs - so you’ve decided on the job sector- what now?

From Linkedin to Targetjobs there are plenty of websites out there advertising jobs, but if you want to search for jobs specific to geography, geology and the environment, we recommend you visit The Royal Geographical Society with IBG and The Geological Society websites - both list useful job sites for graduates.  

Consider a Masters

Masters degrees are highly regarded by employers, and holding a Masters could help you to stand out from the crowd. The School of GGE runs 3 postgraduate courses. All of them offer full-time and part-time study options and all have a September and January intake.

MSc in Geoscience Research - The MSc in Geoscience Research is a research-focused Masters programme designed to provide a strong educational background for a career in research and development, or the public or private sector. During the course, you will develop generic and subject-specific research skills through working with our research-active staff on an extended research project of your choice. We have research project opportunities at Keele, with UK-based external organisations and with overseas institutions.


Geographical and Environmental Research - Our MSc/MA in Geographical and Environmental Research is a research-focused Masters programme designed to develop generic and subject specific research skills over a broad range of disciplines within Geography, Environment and Sustainability, providing a strong educational background for a career in research and development, or the public or private sector. 


Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology - This IEMA accredited interdisciplinary postgraduate course is for students from any undergraduate degree discipline and provides a broad understanding of environmental problems whilst embedding the appropriate specialist scientific, managerial and generic skills for a career in the environmental sustainability sector.

Whatever your next steps are, remember to be proud of your achievements right now. We hope that you’re leaving us with plenty of happy memories of your time at Keele. Stay in touch with us, and please keep us updated on your next steps.

Meet our 2020 Student Prize winners

A number of prizes are awarded each year to recognise outstanding performance by students. The staff in GGE would like to congratulate the following students on their achievements.


Named prizes (externally funded)

Alexander and Dorothea Farquharson Prize - for the best Human Geography dissertation - joint winners - Alana Wheat and Chloe Lake
Elsie Beaver Prize - for the best Physical Geography dissertation - Sophie Tankard
Victoria Bentley Memorial Prize - Alana Wheat

School funded prizes

Best Performance in Geography - Chloe Lake
Best Performance in Human Geography - Eleanor Lunn
Best Performance in Physical Geography - Henry Simpson

Year 3 Geology/ Geoscience Prizes

Named prizes (externally funded)

Exley Prize - Robyn Lennox
John Myers Runner-Up - Kieran Winfie                                                                                                                                Micropalaeontology Society Student Award - Hannah Roe 


Year 4 MGeoscience

Named prizes (externally funded)

John Myers Winner - Daniel Sellers                                                                                                                                                              John Myers Runner-Up - Emma Smith

Environment programmes

School funded prizes

School Third Year Prize for Outstanding Performance in Environmental Science - Daniel Jones

School Third Year Prize for Outstanding Performance in Environment and Sustainability -  Palavi Kalambe

Natural Sciences

School funded prizes

School Third Year Prize for Outstanding Performance in Natural Science - Yew Wen 

Once again, Congratulations Class of 2020

Remember to keep following us on our social media account and let us know how you get on. 

From all of us in GGE.  


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