Perse geography students showcase research at GeogMeet 2020
2 Jul 2020
Perse geography students gave a series of absorbing presentations on contemporary themes at the online GeogMeet 2020.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Student GeogMeet, which aims to showcase elements of the geography A level curriculum, The Perse had been due to host the event in March only for it to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, organisers Cambridge & District Geographical Association decided to run the event in a virtual format with Lower Sixth geography students from across the county invited to submit their proposals for short pre-recorded presentations.
Of the nine presentations selected, five were delivered by Perse students. Vanessa Jeffels considered the impact of HS2 on the place profile of Birmingham and Rory Clark researched the fate of Kiribati and its climate refugees, while Grace Tidy, Jade Baker and Charlotte Richards provided their work on coronavirus and globalisation. Charlotte Laing and Isabel Painter looked into the feminist geographies of Iceland, while Alice Lord and Heather Magowan presented their investigation into the cultural assimilation of migrants.
Perse Head of Geography James Riley, who helped organise GeogMeet 2020, was pleased the event had been able to go ahead and delighted with the contributions of the school’s students.
He said: “The event actually had some unforeseen benefits with its reorganisation. Firstly, it opened up access to a wider community. We had students logging on from the United Arab Emirates, for example.
“The pre-recorded presentations also allowed participants to run an online question-and-answer session with the presenters in real time whilst the presentations were given. This allowed an opportunity for students to showcase different skills and receive feedback.
“The presentation quality was superb. I had teachers from other schools getting in touch with me to say how they had been blown away by the quality of the presentations with comments in the chat saying that they would be using some of the presentations in lessons next year.
“Ultimately, it’s been a pleasure to have another opportunity to showcase why geography is such a relevant and contemporary subject in 2020 and probably one of the underlying reasons why half of our current Lower Sixth cohort are looking to put in UCAS applications next year for geography degrees.”