As head of the Geography Department it's my pleasure to welcome you to our web pages.
The Geography Department is the home for undergraduate courses in Geography (Single Honours and Combined Honours), Environmental Science (Single Honours), Tourism (Combined Honours) and Tourism Management (Single Honours). We also offer a popular and successful Masters course in Environmental Management
We are the smallest department in the University and we believe that we’re also the friendliest. We have an established reputation for excellent teaching and in offering students a level of support that isn’t always found in larger departments in larger universities. This was confirmed in the 2010 and 2011 National Student Surveys where Geography at Liverpool Hope University was rated in joint first place with 100% student satisfaction. In addition to being excellent teachers we are all active researchers and our own research feeds through to our teaching at every level.
The Geography Department is also host to the UK Sand Dune and Shingle Network. This internationally renowned group undertakes consultancy and advisory work for agencies such as Natural England and the Countryside Council for Wales
Dr Duncan Light
Associate Professor and Head
Tel: 0151 291 3043
Faculty: Sciences and Social Sciences
Room: HCA 115
All the Geography Department are active researchers and regularly publish in international journals and present papers at high-level conferences around the world. This means that our teaching is 'research-led' and is underpinned by the latest advances in the subject.
Our research specialisms include:
Recent publications by members of the Geography Department include:
Axon, S., Speake, J. and Crawford, K. (2012) “At the next junction, turn left”: Attitudes towards Sat Nav use’. Area in press
Crawford, K.R. and Black, R. (2012) Visitor understanding of the geodiversity and the geoconservation value of the Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site, Northern Ireland. Geoheritage, in press
Chapman, A. and Light, D. (2011) The ‘heritagisation’ of the British seaside resort: The rise of the ‘old penny arcade’, Journal of Heritage Tourism 6 (3), pp 209-226
Light, D. and Young. C. (2011) ‘Socialist statuary as post-socialist hybrids: following the statues of Dr Petru Groza in Romania’, Journal of Historical Geography, 37(4), 493-501
Light, D. (2012) ‘Taking Dracula on holiday: The presence of ‘home’ in the tourist encounter’, in Smith, L., Waterson, E. and Watson, S. (eds) The Cultural Moment in Tourism, Routledge, London, 59-78
Rooney. P. (2010) Changing perspectives in coastal dune management. Journal of Coastal Conservation: planning and management. 14 (2) 71 - 73
The Department is also home to the ‘Landscape’ research group which organises a regular research seminar series. These are given by members of the Department and external speakers and are regularly attended by undergraduate students. This year's programme is as follows:
Dr Anya Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Leisure/Tourism
Room: AEW 105
Phone: 0151 291 3891
Dr Kevin Crawford, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
Phone: 0151 291 3865
Charlotte Durkin, Coastal Network Assistant
Phone: 0151 291 3885
Dr Duncan Light, Associate Professor of Human Geography and Head of Department
Phone: 0151 291 3043
Mary Rice, Department Administrator
Room: AEW 108
Phone: 0151 291 2168
Paul Rooney, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management
Phone: 0151 291 3933
Dr Janet Speake, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Room: AEW 110
Phone: 0151 291 3594
The Geography Department has a number of links with other universities. Perhaps the longest-established is a link with the Department of Human and Economic Geography at the University of Bucharest, Romania. This has involved staff colloquia, collaborative research, and student fieldtrips.
Geography is one of the most exciting and fast-moving academic subjects. It is also one of the most relevant to the world around us. A training in Geography helps us to understand how the physical world works; how people interact both with each other and with the physical world; how landscapes (both physical and human) evolve; and how people interact with the environment and the ways in which the environment needs to be managed and conserved. No other subject takes in so many different perspectives and brings them all together to create a unique way of looking at and understanding our world. Whether your interests are more towards physical geography or human geography or the environment, you will find that we offer you the chance to develop your interests and develop an enriched understanding of what is taking place on our planet.
Tourism is the world’s largest industry, worth over $3 trillion annually worldwide, and has become one of its biggest sources of employment. Tourism is something which has shaped the world as we know it today and continues to have huge impacts on people, economy and the environment.
Studying tourism opens the door to understanding one of the forces that has shaped the modern world. In addition, there is no better city in which to study Tourism than Liverpool. The legacy of Capital of Culture in 2008 has made Liverpool one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the country and it continues to develop new arts, heritage, and cultural attractions, retail developments and luxury hotels. It is an ideal ‘laboratory’ in which to study the changing nature of contemporary tourism
You will come across a wide variety of teaching situations on the Geography, Tourism and Environmental Science courses. During the first year, all students come together for formal lectures.
Students are also assigned to a small seminar group with a designated tutor who is responsible for their academic welfare throughout the year. In the second and third years, similar formats are adopted, depending on the number of students on a unit. Some units are largely run as lectures, others take a more workshop/seminar approach, others are entirely taught through fieldwork.
Most units are assessed using a mixture of coursework and exams, although there are a number of units which are assessed 100% through coursework. There are many different types of coursework assessment, including essays, report writing, group and individual presentations, fieldwork assignments, poster presentations, and brochure analysis.
We are a small and friendly team of tutors with a wide range of academic interests and specialisms. We take pride in being accessible to students and offering them a level of support which isn’t always found at larger universities. We have an established tradition of accepting students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and an excellent record of supporting them in attaining a degree at the end of three years study. One of the most common comments from our graduating students is how committed and helpful the tutors have been during their time at Hope. The quality of student support is indicated in the excellent scores the Geography Department receives in the National Student Survey.
Yes! Fieldwork is an enjoyable and essential part of Geography, Environmental Science and Tourism. It is a way of gaining important skills and experience. In the first year, all students take part in a week’s fieldwork in North Wales. Geography/Environmental Science students look at aspects of the physical and human environments in a remote rural area, while tourism students look at tourism demand and participation in a rural area. There are also day visits to the local area (Liverpool, Chester, New Brighton and the Sefton Coast).
In the second and third years, the fieldwork component depends on the individual options – some units have no fieldwork element, some have one-day fieldtrips and some include residential fieldwork. Students taking BSc Geography will take part in an ‘International Fieldwork’ course (residential fieldwork either in Malta or Romania). Tourism and Tourism Management students will visit Malta for a week in their third year.
Students with disabilities are not excluded from fieldwork, and special arrangements will be made for them depending on their particular needs.
Students need access to appropriate learning resources and for most courses there is a recommended course text. These are available in the library but students are advised to buy certain key books – many students share this expense or find second hand copies. On fieldwork, for safety and comfort reasons, students will need access to waterproof outer clothing, a rucksack and, for most locations stout, waterproof boots. In North Wales this equipment can be borrowed from Hope’s field centre. Students are advised on these needs early on the course.
A degree in Geography opens the door to a wide range of careers - some specifically related to Geography, or other more general careers in business, management and finance. Many employers value the 'all-round' abilities of Geography graduates.
In recent years our students have got jobs such as:
In addition, many of our graduates go on to train as Geography teachers and a number of them are now Heads of Geography in schools around the country.
Increasing numbers of our students go on to postgraduate study. We offer a Masters courses within the Geography subject area in Environmental Management. Other students have gone on to Masters courses at other universities in subjects such as Hazard Management, Central and Eastern European studies, Planning Studies and Cultural Geography. A number of our graduates have also gone on to doctoral level (PhD) study.
A degree in Tourism or Tourism Management opens the door to a wide range of careers. Possible careers include:
In addition a degree in Tourism gives students a wide range of transferable skills which open up career opportunities in the wider private/commercial sectors. There are also increasing opportunities to study tourism and leisure at postgraduate level.