Partnerships in Geography and Environmental Management

The Department prides itself on its wide range of partnerships, which enable us to:

  • offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are current, relevant and able to take account of the learning experiences of students before they come to UWE
  • provide knowledge exchange opportunities through continuing professional development short courses and training for public and private sector practitioners, community organisations and the general public
  • develop applied research links with UK and international higher education institutions and practitioners in the public, private and third sector

Through these partnerships the department seeks to meet the needs of industry and society today and in the future.

Examples of partnerships in the Department

Geographical Association

Geography Association websiteStaff from across the Department are involved in various activities with The Geographical Association at national and local levels. In particular we work closely with the Bristol branch of the Geographical Association contributing to the lecture programme and decision making exercises that are run for A-level students in the region.

This keeps us in touch with curriculum developments at A-Level and so that we can help students make the transition into university learning. It has also lead to our research into Teaching and Learning in Geography in collaboration with local school teachers.

Royal Town Planning Institute

RTPI LogoOur programmes in urban planning are accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) which is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members. The institute, which celebrates its centenary in 2014, is a charity, a learned society and a membership organisation. It promotes spatial planning and what it can do for people; leads, develops and supports the planning profession; and sets professional and ethical standards. Our planning team has excellent links to the institute at both a national and local level while many of our students are members of a dedicated Young Planners’ Group.

Regionally the RTPI arranges a variety of events: See the programme for 2014.

Institution of Environmental Sciences

ISE logoThe Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science by supporting professional scientists and academics working in this crucial arena. Members of the Institution of Environmental Sciences are high quality professionals, working in a diverse field.

Two of our undergraduate courses run by the Department are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (BSc Geography, and BSc Environmental Resource Management).

Having a programme accredited by a professional body signals to potential students and employers that the teaching, learning and research is aligned to high quality professional development. (IES website)

For a list of benefits for students enrolled on IES/CHES accredited programmes, see the IES website.

Joint Board of Moderators

The Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers together represent some 100, 000 of the world's leading professional engineers.

These four professional bodies form the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM). The JBM works to strengthen links with universities and industry to ensure that accredited degrees develop professional engineers who will continue to provide a global contribution to sustainable, economic growth and ethical standards.

The JBM accredits our engineering courses and this stamp of approval ensures the quality of the engineering education we provide.

Environment Agency

Environment Agency logoStaff from the department work closely with The Environment Agency in various ways, through research, consultancy and also through contributing to a foundation degree in River and Coastal Engineering that was originally designed for Environment Agency staff working in this sector.

The corporate strategy of the Environment Agency 2010-2015 states:

A changing climate, a fast growing population, a global economic downturn, the urgent need to secure future supplies of energy and food. Combined, these forces put enormous pressure on the environment and threaten people’s ability to enjoy and be sustained by the world.

The work of the Environment Agency tries to address and manage these issues, then focus on these areas in our teaching, research and knowledge exchange.

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