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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

Mutual Society

bgCompany Training Schemes Accredited, says Bill Gaskarth (Accreditation Officer) 

Gammon Construction Ltd (Hong Kong) was the first company to have their training scheme accredited. They presently have 8 trainees on the scheme working towards eligibility to apply for CGeol. Recently schemes from Atkins (UK), Arup (Hong Kong) and the Hong Kong Government (CEDD) have been accredited. The Atkins and Arup schemes are accredited for the individual offices that applied i.e. London and Hong Kong. Accreditation will be extended, and accreditation certificates awarded, to other offices of these international companies when an application is made by each agreeing to follow and use the accredited scheme.

Accreditation by the Society is aimed at developing a partnership with the companies. Trainees will apply for Chartership when they are judged to be ‘ready’, through collaborative discussions between the Society and the company, rather than when they have gained the minimum number of years’ experience. The Society will meet the company training officers on a regular basis to discuss the development of the trainees and will provide them with help and encouragement in the application process. To this end the Society will maintain a list of trainees in each company and will link with the individual training officers (and/or mentors) in each office to ensure that we are able to provide as much support as is necessary.

Failure to achieve Chartership at the first attempt (approximately 15-20% of applicants) has largely been the result of applications being made too early or not focusing on the Chartership criteria perhaps because of insufficient advice from mentors and sponsors. It is hoped that the links between the Society and companies through this accreditation scheme providing mentoring/coaching advice to all participants will result in better prepared applications and a reduction of deferrals. Where a candidate works for a smaller company without an accredited scheme then it is hoped that line managers and likely sponsors will make contact to gain advice on helping candidates develop their applications.