All female Geology team aims high at national competition

An all-female team of College students have recently attended the National Schools Geology Challenge final in London.

The event encourages students to create a poster on a topic of their choosing, present to leading academics, and take part in a quiz.

Winning the Geology Hazards section of the quiz, the College scored over 70% for its sustainability poster ‘Earth in the balance: a 50 year countdown.’

“I’m so proud that we had an all-girl team competing, which bucks the trend suggesting it’s a male dominate subject,” says Lecturer, Gareth James.

Students also heard from the competition’s judges, including Rachel Cornah who has over 15 years of mining experience and Anna Morley an expert in geo-hazard engineering

This year saw 11 schools introducing a range of interesting topics, such as Diamonds on the Gas Giants, Spacecanoes, The Titanoboa’s tale – and the important question of Earth’s depleting resources.

The trip also allowed students a behind the scenes tour of the Natural History Museum.

“Being only the second time we’ve completed in the competition I think it’s incredible that we made it through to the final!” says Gareth.

You can learn more about the Geology A-level programme at Cirencester College’s Open Day on Thurday June 27th, 5-8pm.


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