Geography

About us

Professor Stephen Rice - Head of Department

Welcome to Geography and Loughborough University.

What makes geography at Loughborough distinctive is our world-leading expertise in four areas of geography, each of which is reflected in the structure and content of our taught courses.

Our department is a friendly and vibrant community comprising over 500 undergraduate and MSc students, 40 postgraduate researchers and 50 academic, research and support staff. I’m very pleased to be a member of that community, working with talented colleagues to find out new things about the way the Earth and its people interact and to teach a subject that I love.

The Department has doubled in size in the 20 years since I arrived at Loughborough, an expansion that has seen us outgrow our original home. In the summer of 2016 we therefore moved into a redesigned and refurbished building, with purpose-built, state of the art geography research and teaching laboratories. This consolidation and investment underlines the thriving, ambitious nature of geography at Loughborough.

We are committed to cutting-edge research, working internationally with other researchers, industry and government to increase understanding of our rapidly changing planet. What makes geography at Loughborough distinctive is our world-leading expertise in four areas of geography, each of which is reflected in the structure and content of our taught courses. Physical geographers at Loughborough are renowned internationally for pioneering new ways of thinking and working in ‘Hydrological and Ecosystem Science’ and ‘Polar and Alpine Research’. In human geography our staff are leading intellectual agendas in ‘Children, Youth and Families’ research and developing distinctive contributions to knowledge on ‘Migration, Identity and the State’.

Our commitment to the student experience sees all teaching conducted by academic staff. This ensures that our students benefit from high-quality, research-informed teaching ensuring the very best learning experience. Our taught courses include six undergraduate and three postgraduate degrees covering a range of human and physical geography disciplines. Students choose from a fascinating range of topics (e.g. Arctic Science to Cinematic Geographies), teaching styles (e.g. tutorials, lectures, practicals, fieldtrips) and types of assessment (e.g. essays, posters, presentations). We pride ourselves in supporting our students to fulfil their potential and to graduate as confident, capable, adaptable individuals who are highly employable.

I hope that you take the opportunity to explore what we have to offer and I know that you will find studying or working with us a wonderful experience.

Professor Stephen Rice

Head of Department