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January 28th 2020

Geography Workshops inspire GCSE and A Level students in their independent investigations

This week has been a busy one for the Geography Department!

On Wednesday, the School of Geography at Queen Mary University welcomed the Year 12 Geographers. As part of the planning process for their independent investigation, the students were taken on a walking tour of East London. A variety of fieldwork techniques were introduced to highlight how urban change could be studied in this dynamic part of the city. Reading journal articles on hipsterfication and delving into the census data were excellent examples of secondary data available to the students at QMUL.

On Thursday we welcomed a number of planners and an urban designer from the Mayor’s Office to work with our GCSE and A Level students. The workshops are part of an ongoing initiative that the Mayor of London’s planning office are undertaking to try and engage young people more in local planning issues. The students had to use their decision making and interpersonal skills to set their manifesto of priorities and integrate these into deciding where new housing and investment should be made across the Greenwich Borough. This bespoke workshop was a practical way of bringing aspects of the GCSE and A Level specifications to life.


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