Teaching excellence in ESE
Within the department you will find all our staff are committed to ensuring a world class education for all our students.
Many staff are also recognised Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. We regularly review and update our courses in light of advances in subject based research and new technologies. We blend traditional and contemporary teaching methods appropriate to learning outcomes to create graduates with diverse skills and knowledge.
The department has a number of Teaching Fellows which have a focus on education from delivery to strategic planning. Our teaching fellows have reach across the whole curriculum including the Geology courses and field teaching, our MSc courses and our Geophysics Curriculum.
With the recruitment of teaching fellows and an ethos of teaching excellence pervading through all our staff we have seen the student experience go from strength to strength"
Director of Undergraduate Studies
A number of members of the department also undertake their own pedagogic study and develop new methodologies. In particular, but not exclusively, we evaluate and promote the place of modern field based teaching in the modern Geoscience curriculum, develop new ways of teaching aspects of lab based geochemistry and develop and promote the teaching of computer programming to geoscientists.
The Department of Earth Science and Engineering is ranked in 1st place as the top UK Geology department in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, the Guardian University League Tables 2018, and 2nd for Geology in the Complete University Guide 2018 League Tables.
The 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) results demonstrate the Earth Science and Engineering Department's teaching excellence:
- Across all our degrees, 97% of students are overall satisfied with the quality of the course;
- 99% of students say staff are good at explaining things;
- 99% of students say good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course;
- 99% of students say the course is well organised and running smoothly.
Students were also satisfied with the resources for their course: 100% agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well; 100% have been able to access course-specific resources when needed. 89% of students feel part of a community of staff and students. The NSS gives final-year undergraduate students' feedback on their course experience.
On 7 September 2016, at the Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), Senior Teaching Fellow Philippa Mason (pictured) received the Society's highest award, the RSPSoc Award, for sustained and distinguished contributions to the science and application of remote sensing through education. She received a gold medal and honorary life membership of the Society.
2017 Student Academic Choice Awards
Dr Peter Fitch – 2017 SACA Best Postgraduate Teaching
2017 President's Awards for Excellence in Education
Jan Cilliers – 2017 President’s Medal for Excellence in Student Support
Emma Passmore – 2017 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Mike Streule – 2017 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Past SACA Winners
Teaching and Pedagogic research group
Please contact one of the Teaching Fellows if you would like to know more about any of our publications or our provision for education in the department.
|Day, Dr. E||Teaching Fellow – Geophysicsemail@example.com|
|Fitch, Dr P||Senior Teaching Fellow for the postgraduate MSc Coursefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Halsall, Dr. C||Senior Teaching Fellow – Metals and Energy Finance MSc email@example.com|
|Mason, Dr. P||Senior Teaching Fellow – Remote Sensingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Passmore, Dr. E||Senior Teaching Fellow – Geologyemail@example.com|
|Streule, Dr. M||Senior Teaching Fellow – Geology and the field based firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Craig, Dr. L||Academic Tutoremail@example.com|
External Teaching Publications
- Streule M.J., & Craig L. E. (2016) Social Learning Theories—An Important Design Consideration for Geoscience Fieldwork. Journal of Geoscience Education, 64(2), 101-107. Also presented for the wider UK Geoscientist community in the Geological Society’s monthly ‘Geoscientist’ magazine
- Jacobs C.T., Gorman G.J., Rees H.E. & Craig L.E. (2016) Experiences With Efficient Methodologies for Teaching Computer Programming to Geoscientists. Journal of Geoscience Education, 64(3), 183-198. Also presented with very positive reception via the online ‘Software Carpentry’ community
- Weiss D.J., Harris C., Maher K. & Bullen T. (2013) A teaching exercise to introduce stable isotope fractionation of metals into geochemistry courses. Journal of Chemical Education, 90(8), 1014-1017
- D’Arcy M., Bullough F., Moffat C., Borgomeo E., Teh M., Vilar R. & Weiss, D.J. (2013) Adsorption of Oxy-Anions in the Teaching Laboratory: An Experiment to Study a Fundamental Environmental Engineering Problem. Journal of Chemical Education, 91(4), 505-510
- Streule M.J. & Craig L.E. (2017) Student measures of teaching excellence and teacher esteem in a research intensive university: the students’ value economy in a TEF world. Geological Society of London Higher Education Network Annual Meeting, London
- Passmore, E. (2017) Lost in the fog: the importance of liminality and authenticity in learning tasks. Geological Society of London Higher Education Network Annual Meeting, London
- Day E.A., G.S. Collins & L.E. Craig (2017) Improving scientific writing in undergraduate geosciences degrees through peer review. Geological Society of London Higher Education Network Annual Meeting, London
- Day E.A., G.S. Collins & L.E. Craig (2016) Improving Scientific Writing in Undergraduate Geosciences Degrees through Peer Review. 2016 AGU Fall Meeting
- Craig L.E., Gorman G.J. &Jacobs C.T. (2016) More technology is not always the answer – the power of sticky notes. Geological Society of London Higher Education Network Annual Meeting, Liverpool
- Day, E.A., M. K. D'Arcy, L.E. Craig, M.J. Streule, E. Passmore & J.C.E. Irving (2015) Does Question Structure Affect Exam Performance in the Geosciences? 2015 AGU Fall Meeting
- Passmore E., Mason P. and Craig L.E. (2015) Student perceptions of feedback during fieldwork: a case study from first year undergraduate teaching. 2015 Geological Society of London Higher Education Network Annual Meeting, Plymouth
- Streule M.J., Freeman K. & Craig L.E. (2015) The value of a mentoring program in Higher Education. 2015 Geological Society of London Higher Education Network Annual Meeting, Plymouth
All staff in the department are encouraged to consider applying for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. The process is free and organised and supported through the College Educational Development unit. Full details are available here
Within the department a number of staff are already accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy and are listed below.
Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
Extracts from successful applications are linked here, to demonstrate the style of writing.