Fieldwork and Practical Learning
In the Department of Geography, our students are taught through a range of teaching methods including practical teaching of analytical skills through field and laboratory classes. The opportunity to undertake projects and fieldwork provides students with the chance to apply their geographical knowledge in real-world settings, and put theory into practice. Extensive projects and fieldwork in the UK and overseas supports the development of our student's core skills in gathering, collating, and analysing data. Fieldwork destinations have previously included the Lincolnshire coast and Crete, Greece.
Our Field Trips
During the first year of our undergraduate programmes students undertake a field week focused on sustainable lives within an environment. Three environments from the local area are studied including the urban environments of Lincoln and Skegness, the rural environments at Horncastle and the Fens, and the coastal environment at Gibraltar point. This hands-on experience introduces students to the fundamentals of geographical fieldwork and develops geographical skills and knowledge.
In the Quaternary Science module students can learn how to interpret past environmental change using a real example from Crowle Moor, Lincolnshire. A field trip to Crowle Moor teaches students how to sample natural archives using this peatland as an example. After the field trip students participate in the entire data collection process of this natural archives; from sample collection, data collection, and data interpretation.
During the Geographical Research: Theory and Practice module students undertake a field excursion to learn skills and data collection techniques across the spectrum of geography. In 2019, our second year students went to Crete for a week to explore the impacts of hazards in Sfakia. This trip allows students to have a full understanding of how geographers can resolve real-world problems from numerous analytical perspectives.