RGS Postgraduate Forum invites proposal for sessions for RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015

We, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Postgraduate Forum (RGSPGF), invite proposals for sponsored/joint sponsored sessions for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015. The 2015 conference will be held at the University of Exeter from the 2nd to 4th September 2015 and will be chaired by Professor Sarah Whatmore (University of Oxford) with the focus being on “Geographies of the Anthropocene”.

More information can be found at: http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/
Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm

In keeping with the ethos of the Postgraduate Forum we would particularly welcome different or non standard, highly interactive sessions that are of equal benefit to the audience and the presenter. If you are interested in co-sponsoring a session please send a proposal to Greg Thomas (ggt9@aber.ac.uk) and Will Andrews (wwa9@aber.ac.uk).

Proposals should include:

I. Title of session;

II. Name of co-sponsoring groups (if applicable);

III. Name, affiliation and contact details for session convenors;

IV. Abstract outlining scope of session (200 words);

V. Indication of preferred organisation of session (the more creative the better);

VI. Indication of any non-standard arrangements.

The Postgraduate Forum encourages postgraduates to propose sessions. This is a great opportunity to organise a session and the Postgraduate Forum is happy to provide assistance with the organisation of the sessions should it be required.

The deadline for proposal is Friday 12th December and we will be aiming to inform session organisers of sponsorship before the New Year. Any questions should be directed to Greg Thomas (ggt9@aber.ac.uk). Don’t be put off by the deadline in a few days. Get in contact with Greg if your interested in running a session.

HERG Undergraduate Reflective Essay Prize 2015 – Call for Submissions

Higher Education Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society – with Institute of British Geographers

Undergraduate Reflective Essay Prize 2015

Call for Submissions

The Higher Education Research Group (HERG) invites submissions for a new competition – the annual Undergraduate Reflective Essay – in association with the 2015 RGS-IBG Annual International conference.

The reflective essay should offer a personal answer to the question:

To what extent is undergraduate geography fieldwork effective at enhancing learning?

To help you with your thinking, the RGS-IBG notes on its website that the benefits of fieldwork include:

  • Seeing geography and theories come to life: improving your knowledge of geography and understanding
  • Developing your skills: giving you a chance to learn skills in data collection and analysis, map work, observational and investigative skills, computer and technology skills, communication and mathematical skills
  • Appreciating environments: giving you a chance to experience and enjoy a wide range of environments and landscapes
  • Opinions and views: it helps you to understand other peoples and cultures, and your own views about social, political or environmental issues
  • Taking responsibility for your learning, gaining confidence and develop your skills: such as leadership and teamwork
  • It is enjoyable

(http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Learning+and+Leading/Why+do+fieldwork.htm)

You might consider local, national and international fieldwork, and you might describe a range of encounters in the field with academic staff and fellow students.

Reflective writing is evidence of reflective thinking. In an academic context, reflective thinking usually involves:

  1. Looking back at something (often an event, i.e. something that happened, but it could also be an idea).
  2. Analysing the event or idea (thinking in depth and from different perspectives, and trying to explain, often with reference to a model or theory from your subject).
  3. Thinking carefully about what the event or idea means for you and your ongoing progress as a learner.

Reflection is an exploration and an explanation of events, not just a description of them:

• Reflective writing often involves ‘revealing’ anxieties, errors and weaknesses, as well as strengths and successes. This is fine, as long as you show some understanding of possible causes, and explain how you plan to improve.

• It is normally necessary to select just the most significant parts of the event or idea on which you’re reflecting. If you try to ‘tell the whole story’ you are likely to use up your words on description rather than interpretation.

• It is often useful to ‘reflect forward’ to the future as well as ‘reflecting back’ on the past.

(University of Portsmouth, undated)

The award for the winner of the competition will be free registration and £100 towards travel and accommodation to attend the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in 2015 (to be held at the University of Exeter, 2-4 September 2015). The winning entry will be published on the HERG website and there will also be the opportunity to submit the essay for peer review and consequent publication (if accepted) in a Higher Education pedagogic journal such as Journal of Geography in Higher Education.

The competition is open to all geography undergraduate students, including those finishing their studies in 2015. The prize will be awarded to the essay that offers the most interesting reflections into fieldwork learning. The essay will be judged by members of the HERG Committee. The committee reserves the right to withhold the prize if submissions are not deemed to be of sufficient quality.

Eligible essays for this competition must be type-written manuscripts 2,500-3,000 words in length. Each essay should be accompanied by a short (150-200 word) abstract, together with a clear statement of the author’s full name, university, email address and telephone number. The word count of the essay (minus abstract and any references) should be stated at the close of the document. Essays should be in English with translation provided for any quotations or sections in a language other than English.  Interested students should submit a copy electronically, together with a short supporting statement from their Head of Department to confirm their affiliation. Entries must be emailed to catherine.white@northumbria.ac.uk by 12.00pm on March 1st 2015. Please put Undergraduate Reflective Essay Competition in the subject line. Any questions about the competition should be sent to catherine.white@northumbria.ac.uk.

HERG Postgraduate Reflective Essay Prize 2015 – Call for Submissions

 Higher Education Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society – with Institute of British Geographers

Postgraduate Reflective Essay Prize 2015

 Call for Submissions

The Higher Education Research Group (HERG) invites submissions for its annual Postgraduate Reflective Essay – in association with the 2015 RGS-IBG conference.

The reflective essay should offer personal reflections on the broad area of transformational learning in Higher Education. Transformational (or transformative) learning takes learners’ knowledge and skills into a different domain. Such learning is often ‘unsettling’ in that it leads to questioning of accepted assumptions and views and to new ways of knowing and understanding. As Eyler & Giles (1999, p133) note: ‘Transformational learning occurs as we struggle to solve a problem where our usual ways of doing or seeing do not work, and we are called to question the validity of what we think we know or to critically examine the very premises of our perception of the problem’. You might consider transformational learning in the classroom, field or laboratory, or in co-curricular activities you have undertaken, and you might describe a range of encounters with academic staff, fellow students, and learning spaces. You are free to be creative in your interpretation of this broad theme.

Moon (2004: 84) has suggested that the following outcomes can result from reflective processes:

  • Learning, knowledge and understanding
  • A process of critical review
  • Reflection on the process of learning (metacognition)
  • The building of theory from observations in practice situations
  • The making of decisions/resolutions of uncertainty, the solving of problems, empowerment and emancipation
  • Unexpected outcomes (e.g. images, ideas that could be solutions to dilemmas or seen as creative activity)
  • Emotion that can be an outcome or can be part of the process
  • Clarification and the recognition that there is need for further reflection
  • Some form of action

The award for the winner of the competition will be free registration (at the Postgraduate Member rate) and £100 towards travel and accommodation to attend the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in 2015 (to be held at the University of Exeter, 2-4 September 2015). The winning entry will be published on the HERG website and there will also be the opportunity to submit the essay for peer review and consequent publication (if accepted) in a Higher Education pedagogic journal such as Journal of Geography in Higher Education.

The competition is open to all postgraduate students, including those finishing their studies in 2015. The essay will be judged by members of the HERG Committee and the prize will be awarded to the essay that offers the most interesting reflections into transformational learning. The committee reserves the right to withhold the prize if submissions are not deemed to be of sufficient quality.

Eligible essays for this competition must be type-written manuscripts 2,500-3,000 words in length. Each essay should be accompanied by a short (150-200 word) abstract, together with a clear statement of the author’s full name, university, email address and telephone number. The word count of the essay (minus abstract and any references) should be stated at the close of the document. Essays should be in English with translation provided for any quotations or sections in a language other than English.  Interested postgraduate students should submit a copy electronically, together with a short supporting statement from their Head of Department to confirm their affiliation. Entries must be emailed to catherine.white@northumbria.ac.uk by 12.00pm on March 1st 2015. Please put Postgraduate Reflective Essay Competition in the subject line. Any questions about the competition should be sent to catherine.white@northumbria.ac.uk.

RGS Urban Geography Research Group Grant of £250

The Urban Geography Research Group is pleased to announce that we have funds available to offer a grant of £250 to support PhD students in the field of Urban Geography. The fund can be used to support conference travel, supplement fieldwork or host an event, but must be related to your own PhD work.

To apply, please complete and submit an electronic copy of the form available on our website–http://urban-geography.org.uk/phd-support-fund to Regan Koch r.koch@ucl.ac.uk by 30th November. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of the UGRG committee and decisions made by 19th December.

RGS Urban Geography Research Group: www.urban-geography.org.uk

Job Opportunities: two roles in the Research and Higher Education team at the Royal Geographical Society London

Professional Officer: Conference and Research Groups (maternity cover)

We are seeking a full-time, temporary (maternity cover) Professional Officer to organise the Society’s annual international conference, to support the Society’s 28 research groups, and to work with the Head of Research and Higher Education to disseminate information on the Society and geography to the geographical academic/research community.

The job will be salaried between £24,000 and £25,500 according to experience and qualifications. The appointment is expected to last until at least 30 November 2015 or until the existing post holder returns.

View the full job description (PDF)

To apply, email Dr Catherine Souch (c.souch@rgs.org) with a copy of your CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the post and how you fulfil the selection criteria.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 1 December 2014. Interviews are planned to take place the week of 8 December. We regret that we can only notify shortlisted candidates.

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Academic Conference Assistant – 0.4 FTE: Fixed-term

We are seeking a part-time (0.4 FTE; 16 hours/week) conference assistant to support the organisation of the Society’s annual international conference for 2015.

The conference event attracts 1500-2000 delegates each year; next year it will be held at the University of Exeter in early September 2015 (www.rgs.org/AC2015). The position is London based, and is fixed term, from 12 January 2015 to 30 September 2015. Pay is £9.50/hour.

View the full job description (PDF)

To apply, email Dr Catherine Souch (c.souch@rgs.org) with a copy of your CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the post and how you fulfil the selection criteria.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 1 December 2014. Interviews are planned to take place the week of 8 December. We regret that we can only notify shortlisted candidates.

New generation thinkers scheme: search for intellectual broadcaster in arts and humanities (led by AHRC & BBC Radio3)

The Arts & Humanities Research Council, BBC Radio 3, and BBC Arts have launched a nationwide search to find the UK’s next intellectual broadcasters in the arts and humanities.
 
From lively intellectual debates on air, explorations of ancient civilisations, and nationwide commemorations of World War One, academic research has never been so visible in the media. The New Generation Thinkers scheme is seeking innovative programme ideas, talent, and expertise from early career researchers who are passionate about communicating their research across the airwaves.
 
The scheme, led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with BBC Radio 3, will invite up to sixty early career researchers to BBC-run workshops to develop their programme ideas alongside experienced BBC producers. From these sixty, the ten resident New Generation Thinkers for 2015 will be selected, and will go on to develop their ideas for BBC Radio 3 in a year-long partnership.
 
The scheme is partnered with BBC Arts to provide opportunities for the New Generation Thinkers to develop their ideas for television and have the opportunity to make a short taster film of their idea to be shown on the BBC arts website – bbc.co.uk/arts
 
Past New Generation Thinkers have appeared on radio, on television, in print, and at cultural festivals. This is the fifth year the scheme has been run.
 
Matthew Dodd, Head of Speech programming at BBC Radio 3, said:
“BBC Radio 3 is delighted to be working with the AHRC again. As part of BBC Arts commitment to cultural programming, we’re looking for scholars at the start of their career who have a real passion to reach out to a non-academic audience, and who have research that they believe would make great broadcasts. There are many different ways to make a good programme, and that’s why each year BBC Radio 3 is genuinely interested in meeting academics who think they’ve got an idea that will transfer to radio. We’ve been very impressed with the New Generation Thinkers we’ve worked with in previous years. I heartily encourage researchers to apply, and look forward to reading the applications”
 
Professor Rick Rylance, CEO of the AHRC, said:
“The New Generation Thinkers scheme is a unique opportunity for talented early career researchers to disseminate their research and bring their ideas into the public arena. There is so much exciting research that deserves a broad audience, and so many members of the public who are interested in it. This scheme connects the two.”
 
A Twitter chat for potential applicants and anyone interested in the scheme will be held on #ngt2015 at 2pm on Wednesday 26th November.
 
BBC Radio 3 have also been featuring the 2014 New Generation Thinkers in The Free Thinking Essay series. Find out more and listen to these broadcasts now (opens in new window). 
 
For further information, contact Alex Pryce (AHRC), a.pryce@ahrc.ac.uk, 01793 41 6025.

How to develop your independent profile in and outside academia?

How to develop your independent profile in and outside academia? #vitaehangout

FREE Virtual Q&A, 27 November (2pm-3pm) UK Time

For research staff (postdoctoral researchers, fixed-term contract researchers)

As a follow-up to the Research Staff Conference, Vitae will be hosting a Google Hangout for postdoctoral researchers dedicated to self-promotion, pitching your ideas, networking and developing your independent profile inside or outside academia.

Our moderator will be joined by career experts, successful academics, employers and researchers who have mastered the art of self-promotion to discuss how to succeed and take advantage of profile-raising opportunities, specifically as a postdoctoral researcher.

This event is for all researchers and there is no limit on the number of participants, so please spread the word, and offer your own advice on #vitaehangout on Twitter.

To attend – respond ‘yes’ to our event page: http://bit.ly/1wop7w6 and post your question on the Q&A application on the video

Registration open for Geological Society Conference Sharing Educational Practice in Geoscience

Registration is now open for the 2015 Geological Society HEN Annual Meeting.

Full details and links to online registration can be found on the conference webpage: http://www5.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/geological-society-conference-sharing-educational-practice-in-the-geosciences

Participation is encouraged from all Geography, Earth and Environmental Science disciplines who are involved in geoscience in its broadest context.

RGS Grant closing dates coming up

RGS-IBG Grants: www.rgs.org/Grants

Postgraduate Grants (closing date for all applications 23 November)

  • The Hong Kong Research Grant - for PhD students undertaking geographical fieldwork in the Greater China Region. A £2,500 award supported through the Society’s Hong Kong branch.
  • RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award - for PhD students undertaking fieldwork/data collection. Six awards of £2,000 each are offered to help individual students establish themselves in their particular field.
  • Geographical Club Award – two grants of £1,000 to support Masters/PhD students undertaking geographical fieldwork or data collection anywhere in the world (in association with The Geographical Club).

Research Grants (closing dates towards end of November)

·         The Ralph Brown Expedition Award - a single annual award of £12,500 offered to the leader of an expedition working in an aquatic environment. Applicants must be Fellows or members of the Society. Deadline 23 November.

·         The Thesiger-Oman International Fellowship offers an annual award of £8,000 for geographical research in the physical or human dimensions of arid and semi-arid environments. Deadline 23 November.

·         The Field Centre Grant is an annual award of £5,000 to support field research at international field centres, preferably in some of the world’s poorest countries. Deadline 30 November.

 

 

Interested in teaching and learning in Geography?

THE GEES network LinkedIn page: Information and discussion about teaching and learning in Geography, Earth, and Environmental Science

 

Are you interested in keeping in touch with what events are going on to support teaching and learning in Geography? Discipline-based information can be accessed through THE GEES network LinkedIn page. The LinkedIn group has been set up and is managed by academics. It is a great way to receive information and to also take part in (or lurk on) teaching-focused discussions.

 

In July 2012 a group of GEES academics interested in education got together to discuss how we could support each other in our professional and career development and THE (Teaching-focused in Higher Education) GEES network was established. We are a network which exists online (using LinkedIn) and through meetings. We met most recently in Manchester where we had a writing retreat and a workshop that covered HEA accreditation, funding and publication of pedagogic research, mentoring, and career progression.

 

Teaching-focused is a term we take to mean people interested in teaching and pedagogic research, be they on permanent or temporary, teaching-dominant or more traditional academic contracts. Please do search us out on LinkedIn and join our discussions to share information about teaching relevant activities.

 

How to find us on LinkedIn:

LinkedIn is a professional networking site which it is free to join.

 Type ‘THE GEES network’ into the search box on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com).