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National Schools Geology Challenge 2016

National Schools Geology Challenge

The 2016 Challenge

The National Final for the 2016 Challenge will be held on 25 April 2016.

The flyer and rules are now available to download from the box to the right. If you're interested in entering or running a Regional Heat please contact Humphrey Knight.

Then 2015 National Final and winners

A record number of seven schools took part in the Schools Geology Challenge Final on 30 April, with Paul Maliphant presiding over a packed programme of talks, posters, and the all-important quiz. 

William Borlase School

The teams took on subjects ranging from mantle plumes and hotspots, to planetary geology, but it was the all-round performance of Sir William Borlase School (Thames Valley Regional Group) that secured the most points. 

Congratulations go to the winning team  of students Adam Woollett, Bijou Dunn, Jessica Nunn, Alice Webster, Harri Ravenscroft and Ollie Blagden (above) for their poster and presentation on Methane Hydrates!

Poster Viewing in the Lower Library

In second and third places were Wells Cathedral School (South West Regional Group) and Whitchurch High School (Southern Wales Regional Group).

Posters were displayed in the lower library (left).

The final was shared with the Early Career Geologist Award.


Sir William Borlase School - 
Methane Hydrates

William Borlase School


2nd place:
Wells Cathedral School - 
Mantle Plumes

Wells Cathedral School

3rd place:
Whitchurch High School -
The Burgess Shale

Whitchurch High School


The Quiz Round

The quiz round

Altrincham Grammar School
The Discovery and Effects of the Chicxulub Impact

Hereford 6th Form College - Volcanic Britain

Sharnbrook Upper School - Sedimentary, My Dear Watson. The clues that lie beneath...

Farnborough 6th Form College - Planetary Geology: A Geologist's Guide to the Galaxy


About the Challenge

The National Schools Geology Challenge is now in its 5th year. 

Teams of Year 12 or 13 / A level science, geography and geology students produce a themed poster, and develop a 5 minute presentation on their chosen (geology related) topic to a panel of leading geologists from academia and industry. 

Heats are organised all over the UK by the Society's Regional Groups, and the winners go forward to the national final on 25 April 2016.

Previous Winners

The Winners' Trophy

Early Career Geologist Award 2016

Early Career Geologist Award

The National Schools' Geology Challenge is held jointly with the Early Career Geologist Award, aimed at geoscientists in the early stages of their careers. Both awards share a National final.

Find out how to enter the 2016 award.