Martha’s geography chance

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Investigating coastal geomorphology, moorland slopes, soils and vegetation will be top of Martha Holland’s timetable – in the middle of the holidays.

For the Preston scholar has landed a coveted place on a prestigious summer school.

The Cardinal Newman College student has been offered a place at the Royal Geographic Society Leading and Learning Summer School, which will take place for a week in August.

Martha was one of a select few geography students, at the end of their first year of AS studies, to be chosen for the field trip.

She had to complete a 
detailed application, along with a reference about her suitability for the course from her tutor, Mandy 

The year 12 scholar said: “I heard about the summer school through the Royal 
Geographical Society website. This was suggested to me by Mandy when I was asking about possible geography-related summer activities.

“I am most looking forward to the coastal management section and the coastal geomorphology as I am very interested in physical geography and hope to study it at university.”

Mandy added: “This is an excellent opportunity for Martha, who wants to study geography at university.

“It is an all-expenses paid trip to undertake fieldwork in exciting areas of geography, such as coastal retreat on the Holderness coast. It is a brilliant opportunity and well done to Martha for her successful application.”

The week-long course will be based at the Cranedale Centre, North Yorkshire, where the group will investigate coastal geomorphology, moorland slopes, soils and vegetation.

They will use Geographic Information Systems, including ArcGIS, analysing 
glacial sediment and 
investigating coastal management on the Holderness coast, urban processes and group investigations.

The intention of the course is to improve geographical skills, knowledge and understanding and give the opportunity to see real-life case studies and try different fieldwork techniques. It also aims to build confidence, independence, initiative, teamwork and leadership skills.