Goodbye 2015!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

It seems that Christmas has come around increadably fast again. I have not been able to blog as often as I would have liked, mainly due to beginning the second year of my geology degree and to Geomission Uganda (previously named the PGT project) taking off. Here are the highlights of the past few month and exiting plans for next year!

Goings on at university…

Semester 1 of my second year at university began with a two-week fieldtrip to the Spanish Pyrenees on a mapping training camp. The 10 days of hard work in a complete range of weather proved to be a lovely (and challenging) to start the academic year!

Alongside studying this year, I have become part of the Earth Science PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme). This is a scheme that offers support to first years in an academic and social sense. The hour long sessions, spread across the semester, cover topics raining from living away from home to notetaking and preparing for fieldtrips. I love working as a PALS leader and have developed many skills as a result (mainly time management!)

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(Earth Science PALS, thanks to Plymouth University PALS for the photo!)

Friday 30th October proved to be an interesting day when I joined the other Geology for Global Development (GfGD) Plymouth ambassadors at the Geological Society at Burlington House for the annual GfGD conference. The day was focused on the new global development goals and the role of geology and geologists in achieving these goals.

It’s not all hard work though; Geologist are known for their love to party! The University of Plymouth  Geological Society Christmas Ball was a great end to the year and gave us all a chance to unwind (even if some had assessments the next morning)!

(Thanks to University of Plymouth Geology Society for photos!)

Next year I am off to the Scottish Isle of Rum for 35 days to undertake my undergraduate mapping dissertation. I have never been to Scotland and am greatly looking forward to this adventure!

Second year is definitely a step up from first year, though I am still enjoying studying for my degree!

 

So… to Geomission Uganda!

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Over the past few months Geomission Uganda, or PGT as it was called to begin with, has grown massively. From a few ideas thrown around over the summer to a team working on securing funding, we have come a long way. Here are five of our key developments:

Firstly, we have a team! Made up of a group of geology students from Plymouth University and Queen Elizabeth Parks Project volunteers. A big thank you to the Geomission team for all the hard work you have put into developing the project! Anyone interested in joining this team should email amy@queenelizabethparks.org, we’d love to hear from you!

Secondly, we have relaunched our social media, please use the social media links on this blog to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thirdly we have been developing our crowdfunding campaign, which we are looking forward to launching in the new year. Keep an eye on social media for more information.

Our fourth development is the schools section of Geomission Uganda which has grown at the request of teachers from the QE Parks Project’s twinned schools. Ideas now include encouraging young scientist, girls into science and geology of the South Downs as well as the Albertine Rift Valley.

The last development is the support and advice of a well-known geologist….

Thank you to everyone in Uganda and the UK who have supported the start-up of Geomission Uganda. We are looking forward to taking Geomission Uganda into 2016 and really kicking off the project!

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