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Get a taste for geography and environmental science this summer

The School of Geography will be running two exciting courses this summer as part of the University of London’s Taster Days to give current A Level students a flavour of Queen Mary.

From climate and environmental change to health and inequality, activism and globalisation, visitors to this year’s University of London Taster Days will get a glimpse of some of the core subject areas being tackled by Queen Mary’s geographers and environmental scientists.

The two half-day courses - one for geography (June 25) and one for environmental science (June 23) – are free and will include sample lectures, workshops and the chance to meet with current staff and students at the university’s Mile End Campus in East London. Students will also get to see the School’s labs in action.

Third year Queen Mary student and Geography Ambassador Sasha Catchpole (pictured right) was glad she visited lots of universities when she was studying her A Levels so she had first-hand experience to help her make up her mind.

“There are so many decisions to make about courses and location when you are thinking about university that it’s really important to visit as many as you can,” she said. “I was interested to see Queen Mary because of its London location and because my subject was all on one campus and I really wanted that type of university experience. Meeting the lecturers and students and seeing their enthusiasm confirmed in my mind that this was the place for me.”

Sasha, who is considering careers in the environmental sector, was keen to see the labs on her visit. “Going into the labs, seeing some of the equipment and watching some analysis taking place was great. We also got to find out more about staff research areas – it helped me start thinking about things I might be able to get involved with in my studies,” the 20 year old explained. “University is a big change from A Level so it’s good to get a glimpse of what it will be like – plus it’s great to meet other students in the same boat as you, weighing up decisions and finding out more.”

Dr Simon Lewis, admissions tutor for the School of Geography, said: “Students get so much out of the Taster Days – from meeting current students to taking part in workshops – it’s an opportunity to experience university first-hand.  These events are a great help in making those all important decisions about higher education."

Booking for University of London Taster Days launches today (January 9, 2014).

Find out more about attending a Geography or an Environmental Science Taster Day at Queen Mary University of London. Students come from a variety of academic areas including related fields such as physics, chemistry, biology, history and sociology as well as geography and environmental science.

Read more about the University of London Taster Courses.

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