Greater London National Park: First Year Integration and Induction Fieldwork

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A Westfield Fund 2014 project which offered students a week of fieldwork by way of induction to their degree programme


This project comprised a week-long programme of fieldwork and follow-on activities for our full cohort of new level 4 geography and environmental science students which took place instead of scheduled teaching in week 1 of Semester A. The project was designed as an enhanced induction programme, thematically focused on the idea of London as a national park city, and involved students working in small groups undertaking field work addressing the character and use of green space in one inner and one outer London borough.

Their photographs and observations were presented in professionally designed posters that were displayed in the foyer of the School of Geography, in the public exhibition space of the London Assembly at City Hall (Oct-Nov 2014) and in the Purcell Room, at the South Bank Centre at a follow on event addressing the national park city campaign (Feb. 2015). A self-selecting group of students also undertook a creative map based public activity at the South Bank Centre event.   The project was successful in helping new students

  • feel integrated into the school of geography
  • orientate themselves within east London and within the city more widely and have confidence in exploring and engaging with the city;
  • get to know each other and many of the academic staff;
  • have a strong collective identity within their cohort and as geographers;
  • see the connections between human and physical geography;
  • feel confident in their ability to build on their existing knowledge and skills and open to new approaches;
  • gain understanding of geography as a publicly engaged as well as academic subject;
  • consider how geography can be put to use in their future careers.

The project was devised and conducted by Catherine Nash (School of Geography) in collaboration with Daniel Raven-Ellison.  You can read the full project report by downloading the pdf document above, or via the poster presented at QMUL’s 2016 Teaching and Learning Conference below (click to enlarge):

Bright Ideas poster Nash geography