Field trips are an exciting way for our students to practically apply their studies in a real-world situation while exploring the world. They are integral to the King’s Geography experience because they allow students the opportunity to gain exposure to the practicalities of data collection overseas.
With the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, the Department of Geography has started to plan for the future of field trips. Whilst the first-year field trips will remain in the UK, to help keep the trips more sustainable, the Department will be reintroducing international trips from 2023.
Discussions around locations are currently taking place, with places like San Francisco, Mexico City, Lisbon and Cape Town potentially on the cards.
Locations for field trips are chosen by the Department to reflect certain elements at the core of the discipline. The team also thinks about what are the core academic teaching and skills they want students to take away from the trips, what different academic and life opportunities do they expose students to and what different experiences staff would like to explore.
The team behind the field trips are also rewriting the departmental fieldtrip policy to ensure field trips in the future reflect students’ interests and can remain as inclusive and sustainable as possible.