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Higher Education Network

The Geological Society established a Higher Education Network in 2010.

The purpose of the Network is to bring together those researching and teaching in the Higher Education sector to develop and discuss best practice in areas of shared interest; and to grow the Society’s engagement with this community. Such shared interests often cross the disciplinary specialisms which our Specialist Groups serve – they include:

  • Geoscience pedagogy and curriculum development;
  • Student skills requirements (e.g. field skills); professional formation and development (not a matter exclusively of interest to those working in industry);
  • Knowledge transfer and university-industry-government collaboration;
  • Intellectual property protection and development;
  • and Outreach from the Higher Education sector, linking to Earth science education in schools and the wider community.

The Network works collaboratively with the Society’s Education Committee, the HE Academy, ESTA, University Geoscience UK and other bodies nationally and internationally.

Higher Education Network Events

Upcoming Events: GSL Higher Education Network Annual Meeting joint with Diversity in Geoscience, UK: 15-16 January 2019

The University of Leeds is hosting the 2019 HEN Annual Meeting, jointly convened with Diversity in Geoscience, UK. This year's theme is 'Good Practice in Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in GEES Higher Education'.  This meeting will provide a forum for lively discussion and the sharing of good practice between teachers, students, practitioners, employers and other stakeholders. We very much welcome participation from across the GEES disciplines... continue to event >

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At present we are using a JISCmail distribution list. Using JISCmail allows messages to be archived, only members of the list are able to post to it and there is scope for discussion as well as announcements.

Anyone can subscribe to the group. You do not have to register with jiscmail to join the list but you will have to be registered with jiscmail if you wish to read the archives.


HEN Annual Meeting 16 January 2018: Past Meeting Resources

Download presentations from the 2018 Higher Education Network (HEN) Annual Meeting with a theme of 'The Way to Work': Graduate Employability in the Geosciences


HEN Workshop 14 June 2016: Virtual Worlds in GEES Teaching

The increasingly sophisticated potential of virtual worlds is already being used as a training ground for geological mapping, multi-user field trips and to build 3D visualisation skills., with the prospect of increasing fieldwork accessibility for those with mobility or health issues. This workshop was for anyone interested in developing, adapting or using virtual worlds in GEES education.


Accessible Fieldwork: Confronting Barriers to Inclusion

A joint meeting of the Geological Society, The Higher Education Network and The Committee of Heads of University Geosciences Departments, to discuss the design and delivery of fieldwork that is inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.

Higher Education Network
HEN Annual Meeting

The HEN Annual meeting, run jointly with DiG UK, was held on 15-16 Jan 2019 with the theme of 'Good Practice in Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in GEES Higher Education'

Contact us

The staff contact for the Higher Education Network at the Geological Society is Judi Lakin. View the HEN committee for details of committee members.