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The New CPD Scheme

The Presentation given by Glenys Rugman of the Geological Society Chartership Committee on 21/02/2017 is available to download.

It is important for Fellows to be aware of these changes:

 "" The new Continuing Professional Development reporting system will soon be available on the Geological Society website.

 ""  Keeping up to date with CPD is not only a requirement for Chartership and post-Chartership, but is essential for all Fellows as part of our personal and professional development.

 ""  The Geological Society will be rolling out the online CPD system which will be easier and clearer to use.

 ""  This presentation will detail the changes of the new system and how to use it.



The Western Regional Group of the Geological Society covers the following postcodes:

 GL  Gloucestershire

  SN   Swindon

 BS  Bristol

  BA   Bath

 SP  Salisbury

  BH   Bournemouth (shared with Solent)

Our meetings are currently held in Bristol with the ultimate aim being to run a variety of events across the area. Our meetings are currently located at The Hub at Aztec West:

Some talks and events are located at other locations and will be detailed on the flyer.

To contact us please email or use the relevant committee member e-mail addresses provided to the right.

The group aims to cover all aspects of geology; both academic and applied; and would also like to represent all levels of experience. So if you're interested, and have ideas for evening lectures on topics we have not yet covered, then please get in touch.

Please contact us to register for email updates regarding the Western Regional Group and if you would like to be affiliated to the group.

Our News

So far in 2018:
  • Western Regional Heat of the Schools Geology Challenge winner is Wells Cathedral School. A huge Congratulations to Wells Cathedral School who went on to compete in the final at the National Schools Competition at Burlington House and won the Poster Award. Find out more at Geochallenge

  • Western Regional Heat of the Early Careers Geologist Award is Matt Sweeney who presented "Stopping Floods with Mud(stone)". The Award Finals will be held on the 8th June at Burlington House. Good luck Matt! Find out more at Careers Award

  • The WRGS Summer Field Trip to Aust Cliff, Severn Crossing successfully went ahead. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it a fantastic day, particularly to our guide Dave Green from Geostudies.

  • Thank you all who attended the very successful WRG Autumn Field Trip to Hinkley Point C Construction site in September 2018. This was a fantastic event which included a coach tour of construction site and presentations from guest speakers Jean-Philippe Morin (EDF Energy) and Michael Whitworth (AECOM) about the geology and geotechnical elements of the construction. Thank you to our speakers and the amazing HPC tour guides. Instead of an entry fee, HPC requested that we donate to their chosen charity Breast Cancer Now. Over £145 was donated by our group; thank you everyone who attended!

2018 Programme

We continuously update our programme. The presentation flyers are sent out the month before each talk, and the field trip flyers are sent out a few months before. 

Please contact us if you require any further information about our upcoming talks and field trips.

see 2018/2019 programme

16 October 2018 Talk: Geotechnical Hazards - Guilty until Proven Innocent, by Steve Parry (PEGS)

20 November 2018 Talk: Chernobyl: Then and Now, by Dr Ian Crossland, Independent specialist consultant in radioactive waste management.

12 December 2018: WRG Schools Geology Challenge 2019 Regional Heat which will be held at Structural Soils Head Office, Bristol. If your schools is interested in taking part, please contact our Events Manager Mike Addinall. Further information about entering the competition can be found on the GeolSoc website.

15 January 2019: Annual General Meeting, Early Career Geologist Award 2019 Regional Heats and The Chartership Application Process

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Gemma Sherwood

Vice Chair

Louisa McAra


Helen Culshaw


Liz Withington

Event Officers

Evening Meetings: Tom Gould and Gemma Sherwood

Socials & Fieldtrips: Biju Saimon

Chartership Officer

Vix Edmonds

Young Geoscientist Officer & Competitions

Mike Addinall

General Committee Members

Mark Howson

Gary Riches

Josh Taylor

Charlie Bacon