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Welcome To Geography, Physical Geography and Human Geography at Keele

Welcome to Geography, Human Geography and Physical Geography

We are delighted that you will be joining one of our Geography courses at Keele this year, and we are looking forward to meeting you in September. If you have any questions, or if you want to have a chat about Keele, Geography, or your preparations for University, please get in touch. You can contact me directly, or you can talk to Cerys Jones, the course administrator.

Although you will also be part of the broader Keele University community and may be taking another subject along with your Geography, we think of Geography at Keele as a friendly family where everybody feels at home and knows that help is always on hand. 

You will have meetings for your Geography, Human Geography or Physical Geography course starting right at the beginning of the first week of the year, with an important introductory lecture. Information will follow shortly on how and where this will take place. 

We hope that you will find Geography at Keele enjoyable and rewarding. The staff will always be on hand to help, so if you have any questions or want any help at any time, please just ask!

You can also follow our GGE Facebook page.

Daniel Allen   Richard Waller

Dr Daniel Allen,
Lecturer in Human Geography and Programme Director for Geography

 

 

Dr Richard Waller,
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography and Geography Admissions Tutor

Getting ready: what to bring, what to read?

You should get prepared well in advance by gathering together some of the things you'll need forwhen you start the course, and even doing a bit of reading to get warmed up! This page lists a few items that you should have before you start your degree (you'll certainly need them during the course) and identifies the core textbooks that are worth buying in the first year.

Core textbooks

These books will be very useful throughout your course and are worth having copies of. You do not have to buy these texts as multiple copies are available in the University library, some are also available in ebook format.

For Geography students

  • Cloke, P. et al (Eds) (2013) “Introducing Human Geographies” (3rd edition) Routledge.
  • Holden, J. (ed) (2017) "An introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment" (4th edition) (Pearson).
  • Matthews, J.A. and Herbert, D.T. (2008) “Geography – a Very Short Introduction” (OUP).
  • Knight, P.G. and Parsons, T. (2003) "How to do your essays, exams and coursework in geography and related disciplines" (Routledge).

For Human Geography students

  • Cloke, P. et al (Eds) (2013) “Introducing Human Geographies” (3rd edition) (Routledge).
  • Matthews, J.A. and Herbert, D.T. (2008) “Geography – a Very Short Introduction” (OUP).
  • Knight, P.G. and Parsons, T. (2003) "How to do your essays, exams and coursework in geography and related disciplines" (Routledge).

For Physical Geography students

  • Matthews, J.A. and Herbert, D.T. (2008) “Geography – a Very Short Introduction” (OUP).
  • Holden, J. (ed) (2017) "An introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment" (4th edition) (Pearson).
  • Knight, P.G. and Parsons, T. (2003) "How to do your essays, exams and coursework in geography and related disciplines" (Routledge).

Other books and publications

  • An Atlas. You really need to have access to a good atlas if you are studying Geography!
  • An Ordnance Survey map of the local area. There are plenty of these in shops in Newcastle.

Other essential equipment

  • Basic drawing equipment including a protractor and a small stapler. You will be expected to have things like a stapler, coloured pencils, a protractor, etc, with you in practical classes and tutorials.
  • A diary for making a note of appointments, essay deadlines, etc. You should carry your diary with you to all lectures, classes and meetings with tutors. You might choose to use an electronic diary, but it must be available to you at all classes and meetings.
  • Some waterproof clothing, including waterproof coat, overtrousers and boots, for when we do field-based activities.
  • An electronic calculator (with basic scientific functions such as tan, sin, cos). The university only allows specific types of calculators in exams, so you are expected to use a calculator of one of the following "approved" types: Aurora SC582 series; Casio FX-82 series; Casio FX-83 series; Casio FX-85 series; Casio FX-350 series; Sharp EL-531 series; Sharp EL-509 series; Texas Instruments TI30 series.

If you have any questions... just get in touch and we'll be happy to help!

Your first week at Keele is a 'Welcome Week' that provides you with the opportunity to settle into your academic programme prior to the start of your modules. This page lists the welcome week activities run by the Geography, Human Geography and Physical Geography programmes. Please note that you will have additional events and activities associated with your other principal subject if you are studying a Combined Honours programme. 

ONLINE: Monday 28th September, 11am-1pm:
The first introductory Geography, Human Geography and Physical Geography session is on. This 2-hour online session is made up of the following asynchronous (pre-recorded) components: 

  • Welcome to Geography at Keele.
  • Teaching and learning in a Covid-19 world.
  • University learning environments and assessments.
  • Effective transitions into HE.
  • Getting a head start - Information literacy skills.

These online components can be accessed on the KLE through the ‘Geography Courses Noticeboard 2020-2021’, and on Microsoft Teams in the ‘L&T – GGE – Geography Degree Courses’ team. 

ONLINE: Tuesday 29th September:

  • 9am-5pm: School of GGE Induction Project, ‘Volcano!’ on Microsoft Teams.

ONLINE: Thursday 1st October, 2pm-4pm:

Synchronous (live) online session for Geography, Human Geography and Physical Geography students on Microsoft Teams:

  • How to get the most out of your degree programme.
  • Includes Q&A session.

IN-SITU: Friday 2nd October:

  • 12-2pm: Welcome to William Smith Building and Campus activity for Tutorial Groups 1,2 and 3 (Tutorial Groups to be confirmed).
  • 2-4pm: Welcome to William Smith Building and Campus activity for Tutorial Groups 4, 5 and 6 (Tutorial Groups to be confirmed).

 

 

Students in the field

 

If ever you need help or advice contact the Course Administrator, your Course Director, the 1st-year Tutor or any of your individual module tutors. We will all be pleased to help.

Course Administrator Miss Cerys Jones c.jones@keele.ac.uk

Course Director (Geography - All routes) Dr Daniel Allen d.allen@keele.ac.uk

Admissions tutor - (Geography) Dr R Waller 

Further information you might find useful can be accessed via the following links:

 


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