Welcome to Environment and Sustainability at Keele
Here you can find up-to-date information about your environment and sustainability course at Keele and the pre-arrival process for new environment and sustainability students.
Welcome to Keele University. We are very much looking forward to seeing you here on campus. Of course, this year has some uncertainties because of the need to work in a Covid safe environment and that means most of our first sessions will be online rather than in person. Please rest reassured that a shift to ‘blended’ delivery, with lectures moved online, and in situ teaching focused on workshops and small group sessions does not mean a reduction in learning and teaching provision. If anything, a lot of work is going into this transition and we see it as a real opportunity to improve how we integrate students’ independent learning with contact time discussing and debating issues with lecturers. I have outlined our Welcome Week sessions below and you will see that we first get to meet in person on the Friday. I am Adam, your programme director, and I look forward to meeting you. You will also get to know Emma Harvey, senior administrator for the environment degree programmes, and a number of other staff including Professor Zoe Robinson who is the university Director of Education for Sustainability and leads the core first year module ‘Studying the Environment’. You will also have a personal tutor, who is there for you to get to know as a friendly face and to help you settle in.
I look forward to welcoming you to Keele and the Environment and Sustainability degree programme in September. In the meantime, you can follow us on our Faceook account.
If you have any queries about the degree please don’t hesitate to contact the programmes director, Dr Adam Moolna
Take care – and I look forward to meeting you soon
Keele University has a dedicated central ‘Welcome Web’ for new students which provides information on enrolment and your first few weeks. Online components for Welcome Week can be accessed on the Keele Learning Environment (KLE) through the ‘Environment Courses Noticeboard 2020-2021’, and on Microsoft Teams in the ‘L&T – GGE – Environment Degree Courses’ team. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Emma. Office staff including Emma will be working remotely this semester but are contactable by email – either Emma Harvey directly or (in the event that you receive an out of office reply) the general school office email on email@example.com. I have posted the 2020-21 environment degree programmes handbook on the KLE ‘Environment Courses Noticeboard 2020-2021’. Please do not worry about printing this as it is quite detailed and will have intermittent updates in due course. You do not have to read this in full but have a look through – and later use as a resource for detailed guidance for various aspects of your degree. Your degree programme is structured by modules of study. Each module on which you are registered will have a module handbook or guide that details how that module will be taught and assessed, including recommended reading. You do not need to buy any textbooks in advance of starting your degree – we have provision of textbooks both as physical copies and (normally) e-books via the Keele library.
Other things to bring with you include:
- A diary (academic year), or access to an electronic diary (e.g., Google Calender)
- A scientific calculator (calculators approved by the University for use in exams include: Aurora SC582 series, Casio FX-83 series, Casio FX-85 series, Casio FX-350 series, Sharp EL-531 series and the Texas Instruments TI30 series)
- A good stock of stationary
Week 1 is ‘Welcome Week’ during which you will complete your official registration and enrolment with the University, alongside introductory sessions relating to Environment and Sustainability. During these sessions you will receive important information about your degree programme so it is important that you attend all
ONLINE pre-recorded: Monday 28th September (access as suits you in the morning)
The first introductory environment degrees session will be made available for 9am on the Monday morning of Welcome Week. This consists of pre-recorded talks that are available for you to access at a time to suit you in the morning – if you could, please watch these before our live online session in the afternoon as you will have an opportunity then to ask any questions.
For all students there are the following key talks:
- Welcome to the environment degrees at Keele University
- Teaching and learning in a Covid-19 world
- There are then individual talks specific to the two programmes (available for all to access if you want to see what your friends on the other programme are doing)
- BSc Environmental Science (Single and Combined Honours)
- BA/BSc Environment and Sustainability (Single Honours)
ONLINE live: Monday 28th September 2 - 4pm
We will then have a live session for all environment students (on Microsoft Teams) in which we will explore a current topical issue from the international news: the recent Wakashio shipwreck and oil spill (August) in Mauritius. This is a situation I am actively involved with and is highly relevant to both our environment degree programmes.
- Welcome and Q&A session relating to the pre-recorded talks you watched in the morning
- Overview of the Wakashio shipwreck and oil spill in Mauritius
- Access resources and links independently
- Come together and discuss the issues and how your environment degree would prepare you for future roles addressing this and similar scenarios
ONLINE live: Tuesday 29th September 9am - 5pm
Tuesday has an all-day live online project that you will engage with alongside students on our geography, geology and Natural Sciences programmes. This session is led by Dr Ian Stimpson, Senior Lecturer in Geoscience, and role plays a live scenario around a volcanic eruption and how teams from different disciplines come together in society’s response.
- 9am-5pm: School of GGE Induction Project, ‘Volcano!’ (on Microsoft Teams).
BSc Environmental Science Combined Honours students please note: you may have clashes here with sessions from your other subject – there may be some (e.g. lab inductions) that you will need to attend. Please contact myself or Emma if you have a clash. There will be flexibility to drop out of the all-day volcano project.
ONLINE live: Thursday 1st October 11am – 12 noon
Live session for all environment students (on Microsoft Teams) in which we will have a general question and answer conversation and discussion of your first week.
IN-SITU: Friday 2nd October 10am – 12 noon
We will meet in the car park outside the William Smith Building (home of the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment). This is an opportunity to meet staff, as well as your fellow students and future friends. We will have some small group visits to the building and at 11am Professor Zoe Robinson will lead you on a campus tour exploring related developments and projects.
Fieldwork and data collection is an essential part of your Environment & Sustainability degree, and throughout your degree you will learn many essential field skills from ecological identification to water sampling and geochemical analysis to interview techniques and questionnaire design. You will work in a wide range of locations and habitats and will need to be prepared for all weathers.
Information about fieldwork will be updated shortly.
If you have any queries or concerns about coming to Keele or starting your Environment and Sustainability degree, please feel free to contact the Environment and Sustainability Programme Director, Dr Adam Moolna
The University also offers new students the opportunity of having a Keele Mentor. Keele Mentors are current undergraduate students whose aim it is to welcome and help settle new students into the University. Having a Keele Mentor is a fantastic way to aid your transition into Keele and is a great way of finding out more about studying at Keele from someone who has experienced this themselves.
Additional information which you may find helpful:
- Welcome to Keele University - An Online Guide
- Before You Arrive
- Our Environmental Degree Programmes at Keele
*Accreditation is dependent on the degree route and modules taken