Cirencester Sixth Form College holds its first Geography Conference

Geography students at Cirencester Sixth Form College recently attended the College’s inaugural Geography Conference.

The College hosted the conference to demonstrate to students the breadth of career prospects available to them, but also to give students the perfect opportunity to meet some of the country’s leading representatives for Geography, from both universities and the business world.

Keynote speaker Gill Miller, Senior Vice President of the Geographical Association opened the conference exploring ‘Why Geography Really Matters’.  Gill highlighted the important role that Geography plays in making sense of the world around us.

The College also welcomed back former Geography and Highworth student Tom Edwards who shared his own experiences since leaving the College.  Tom left Cirencester College in 2011 and is now a Director of PHASE Worldwide, a Bristol based development NGO.

Tom Bint, Head of School for Environmental and Animal Sciences said “it was wonderful to see Tom back at the College.  He was a delight to teach and we’re so proud of all he’s achieved both at university and through his development work in Nepal.  Having inspirational and leading figures like Tom and Gill spare their time to talk with the students has been really powerful”.

“Geography has moved on from the days of learning capital cities and flags.  Migration, climate change, energy insecurity, poverty and inequality are all challenges facing us in the 21st Century and these are all topics covered within Geography.  Ultimately, it’s Geographers who are best equipped to respond to these issues, they understand the back story.  Our aim was to enthuse the students and help them understand how their studies apply to the world beyond the classroom.  A huge thank you to all of those involved and we hope to repeat the event in future years.

Geography student Nikol Owczarek from Swindon explained, “The conference day at Cirencester was truly eye opening.  Having people with degrees come in to talk about where geography can take you and what you can do with the subject, I now know that geography really is all around you and it is more beneficial than meets the eye.  Speakers from Visit Britain and Phase Worldwide spoke hosted talks on human geography, both speakers were very impactful to me and showed how geography can lead to career prospects on entirely different sides of the spectrum which was extremely fascinating.  A very successful day with a highly successful outcome!  Well done and thank you to my teachers who organised this.”

For further information, please contact sara.popp@cirencester.ac.uk or come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 17 January 2019, between 5pm and 8pm.