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Accredited CPD and training course listings

Browse a variety of forthcoming accredited/endorsed CPD courses from third-party providers. 

If you run a GSL-accredited course and would like to feature it here, please email membership@geolsoc.org.uk, copying in web.team@geolsoc.org.uk.

April 2020

  • Monday 27 to Thursday 30 April 2020
  • Imparando, 56 Commercial Road, Aldgate, London, E1 1LP

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

May 2020

  • Friday 1 to Sunday 3 May 2020
  • Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

Why does the topography and scenery of the Lake District vary so much - from rolling Kendal foothills to jagged Central Fell mountain peaks, to Skiddaw's majestic yet rounded mountain scenery in the north? Travel through almost 500 million years of geological history - a story of the closure of ancient oceans, volcanoes, Himalayan-scale mountain ranges, tropical seas, swamps, deserts and ice ages.

The course provides a thorough introduction to the geology of the Lake District, provided via:

  • A series of PowerPoint presentations
  • A series of practical sessions interspersed with the presentations where appropriate, to look at a large selection of rocks, minerals, fossils, thin sections and geological maps from the Lake District. A large selection of rocks, minerals and fossils from around the world are also available for students to handle
  • A session devoted to economic geology - mines, quarries, building stones, minerals, graphite etc.
  • A field trip(s) to examine Skiddaw and Borrowdale Volcanic Group rocks and glacial features in Borrowdale, weather and fitness-levels of the group dependent

Cost: The course fee, including residential accommodation at Higham Hall and all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal), is £243. The non-residential course fee is £174, which includes lunches and evening meals.

Booking information: Please contact Higham Hall directly to book on to the course, via 017687 76276 or admin@highamhall.com.

Enquiries: Please email Dr Annette McGrath (annettemcgrath@aol.com) with any enquiries.

  • Monday 4 to Thursday 7 May 2020
  • Scandic Stavanger City, Reidar Berges Gate 7, 4013 Stavanger, Norway

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Wednesday 6 to Monday 11 May 2020
  • County Clare, Ireland

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 11 to Friday 15 May 2020
  • School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, William Smith Building, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG

This course is designed for postgraduate research students and early career researchers who wish to learn about the theory, practice and real-world application of environmental geophysics for research and career development.

It involves a five-day Keele-based workshop where attendees will learn theory, then undertake geophysical data collection, processing and integration of a range of near-surface geophysical instrumentation commonly used in environmental research (e.g., GPR, electrical resistivity, microgravity, electromagnetic and magnetic techniques, seismics, etc.).

Cost: The course, including residential accommodation, breakfast and lunch, is free for eligible PhD students and early career researchers - please see the Keele website for more information. For a limited number of commercial employees, the course fee will be £400, with commercial attendees covering their expenses (free lunch will be provided). Fellows of the Geological Society will be eligible for a 10% discount.

Booking information: Registration is open now - download an application form via the Keele website.

Enquiries: For administrative queries, please email Clare Sillitto via c.m.sillitto@keele.ac.uk. For course and other queries, please email Dr Jamie Pringle via j.k.pringle@keele.ac.uk.

  • Monday 11 to Friday 15 May 2020
  • Imparando, 56 Commercial Road, Aldgate, London, E1 1LP

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 May 2020
  • etc.venues - The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8HN

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 18 to Friday 22 May 2020
  • Imparando, 56 Commercial Road, Aldgate, London, E1 1LP

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

June 2020

  • Thursday 11 to Friday 12 June 2020
  • Central Teaching Laboratory (CTL) in the Central Teaching Hub, Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 3BX

This free two-day course, hosted by the Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences at the University of Liverpool, is specifically designed for teachers of A-Level Geology and focused on supporting teaching of the new A-Level Geology specifications.

During this two-day event we will aim to provide:

  • Updating lectures
  • Laboratory practical sessions
  • A range of teaching ideas
  • Teaching resources
  • Opportunities to discuss good practice
  • Ways of including mathematical skills

Sessions planned for this course will include the following topics:

  • ‘Lithospheric plate motions’
  • ‘Microfossils and their uses’
  • ‘Cooling magmas and warming country rocks’
  • ‘Hawaiian volcanic activity’
  • ‘Palaeomagnetic insights into the deep Earth’
  • ‘Core logging'
  • 'Stratigraphic forward modelling’

All participants will take home valuable resources to help support their future teaching. All lunches and refreshments will be provided during the course.

Cost: This course is free.

Booking information: Registration is open now via Eventbrite.

Enquiries: Please contact Dr Maggie Williams via hiatus@liverpool.ac.uk with any enquiries.

  • Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 June 2020
  • Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

This is an advanced course for people with some knowledge, or who have already attended our Geology of the Lakes: an introduction course at Higham Hall.

This course will examine the early-mid Palaeozoic (Late Cambrian/Ordovician to Devonian) geological origins of the Lake District in detail, through a series of talks and practical sessions. We will scrutinise the deep sea sediments of the lost Iapetus Ocean, followed by an examination of the cataclysmic volcanoes that once reigned in this area. Our investigations will complete with the final collision of the supercontinent Pangaea in the Devonian Period.

The course provides detailed information on the Early to Mid-Palaeozoic (Late Cambrian/Ordovician to Devonian) geology of the Lake District, provided via:

  • A series of PowerPoint presentations
  • Time to look at a large selection of rocks, minerals, fossils, thin sections and geological maps from the Palaeozoic of the Lake District. A large selection of rocks, minerals and fossils from around the world are also available for students to handle
  • Several field trips to examine early- to mid-Palaeozoic geology in the Lake District - so bring walking boots with non-slip tread and ankle support, plus warm and waterproof clothes

Cost: The course fee, including residential accommodation at Higham Hall and all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal), is £345. The non-residential course fee is £244, which includes lunches and evening meals.

Booking information: Please contact Higham Hall directly to book on to the course, via 017687 76276 or admin@highamhall.com.

Enquiries: Please email Dr Annette McGrath (annettemcgrath@aol.com) with any enquiries.

  • Monday 22 to Friday 26 June 2020
  • Imparando, 56 Commercial Road, Aldgate, London, E1 1LP

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 22 to Friday 26 June 2020
  • Scandic Stavanger City, Reidar Berges Gate 7, 4013 Stavanger, Norway

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

July 2020

  • Monday 6 to Friday 10 July 2020
  • SW England

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

August 2020

September 2020

  • Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 September 2020
  • etc.venues - The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8HN

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 September 2020
  • Oligo-Miocene - Apulia, Italy

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 21 to Friday 25 September 2020
  • Mallorca and Menorca, Spain

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Sunday 27 September to Thursday 1 October 2020
  • Isle of Skye, Scotland

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

October 2020

  • Monday 5 to Friday 9 October 2020
  • Tabernas, Spain

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  • Monday 5 to Friday 9 October 2020
  • etc.venues - The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8HN

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 5 to Thursday 8 October 2020
  • etc.venues - The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8HN

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 12 to Thursday 15 October 2020
  • Scandic Stavanger City, Reidar Berges Gate 7, 4013 Stavanger, Norway

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 19 to Friday 23 October 2020
  • Pembrokeshire, UK

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 19 to Friday 23 October 2020
  • Gulf of Corinth, Greece

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 19 to Friday 23 October 2020
  • etc.venues - The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8HN

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

November 2020

  • Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 November 2020
  • Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

The course provides a thorough but basic introduction to rocks, minerals and fossils provided via:

  • A series of PowerPoint presentations
  • Practical sessions to look at a large selection of rocks, minerals, fossils, thin sections and geological maps, with lots from the UK plus many other samples from around the world
  • A morning visit to Keswick Museum to examine a selection of their rocks, minerals and fossils from the UK and specifically the Lake District, as well as John Ruskin’s private geological collection, all of which will be brought out of storage especially for course participants. Although Ruskin is best known as a Victorian philanthropist and patron of the arts, he was also an avid geological collector and writer. He was a close friend of the leading geologist and natural theologian William Buckland, a true, if quirky, pioneer of his day

After the museum visit, the course includes a short afternoon trip through Borrowdale, or another locality close by, to have a brief look at small- and large-scale geological features in the landscape.

Cost: The course fee, including residential accommodation at Higham Hall and all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal), is £345. The non-residential course fee is £244, which includes lunches and evening meals.

Booking information: Please contact Higham Hall directly to book on to the course, via 017687 76276 or admin@highamhall.com.

Enquiries: Please email Dr Annette McGrath (annettemcgrath@aol.com) with any enquiries.

  • Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 November 2020
  • etc.venues - The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8HN

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 16 to Thursday 19 November 2020
  • etc.venues - The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8HN

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Monday 23 to Friday 27 November 2020
  • etc.venues - The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8HN

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 November 2020
  • Imparando, 56 Commercial Road, Aldgate, London, E1 1LP

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

  • Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 November 2020
  • Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

Gain an overview of our country's rich and varied geological heritage on a trip through over three billion years of time - with a basic introduction to the main concepts of geology. The course provides a thorough introduction to the geology of Britain provided via:

  • A series of PowerPoint presentations
  • A series of practical sessions interspersed where relevant with the presentations, to look at a large selection of rocks, minerals, fossils, thin sections and geological maps from across Britain. A large selection of rocks, minerals and fossils from around the world are also available for students to handle
  • A morning field trip to investigate landscape-scale Ordovician-age geology in the Lake District, as well as a visit to examine the intrusive contact between the Threlkeld microgranite and Skiddaw Group in Threlkeld Quarry, followed by a visit to examine the vast geological collection the Threlkeld Quarry Mining Museum (the museum will open especially for the course participants)

Cost: The course fee, including residential accommodation at Higham Hall and all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal), is £345. The non-residential course fee is £244, which includes lunches and evening meals.

Booking information: Please contact Higham Hall directly to book on to the course, via 017687 76276 or admin@highamhall.com.

Enquiries: Please email Dr Annette McGrath (annettemcgrath@aol.com) with any enquiries.

December 2020

  • Monday 7 to Thursday 10 December 2020
  • etc.venues - The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, Farringdon, London, EC1N 8HN

Please contact eurenergybookings@rpsgroup.com to book or to request further information.

January 2021

February 2021

  • Friday 5 to Sunday 7 February 2021
  • Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9SH

Scotland has had an extremely eventful geological history for a country of its size and this is reflected in its vast array of geological features. Come on this course and discover some of the oldest rocks on our planet.

The course provides a thorough introduction to the geology of Scotland, provided via:

  • A series of PowerPoint presentations
  • A series of practical sessions interspersed where appropriate in the presentations, to look at a large selection of rocks, minerals, fossils, thin sections and geological maps from Scotland
  • A large selection of rocks, minerals and fossils from around the world are also available for students to handle

The PowerPoint presentations work chronologically forward in time from the Precambrian (Lewisian) through to the present day. Palaeogeographic maps and cross sections are presented for each time period, alongside relevant photos, diagrams and geological maps from across Scotland.

This is a class-based course, but a short optional trip out in the break period is offered, weather dependent, for those that want it.

Cost: The course fee, including residential accommodation at Higham Hall and all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal), is £248. The non-residential course fee is £179, which includes lunches and evening meals.

Booking information: Please contact Higham Hall directly to book on to the course, via 017687 76276 or admin@highamhall.com.

Enquiries: Please email Dr Annette McGrath (annettemcgrath@aol.com) with any enquiries.