We specialise in the design, delivery and assessment of teaching in Environmental Science and Earth Science disciplines. We also contribute to teaching in the biological and planetary sciences.
Our teaching ranges from introductory modules, through to degree level and Master’s programmes; see the links for descriptions of our current curriculum. We also offer residential field schools on some programmes, so that our students can benefit from the rich experience of learning about environmental or earth science in the natural environment.
Dr Julia Cooke: The School of Environment Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, here at The Open University is packed with scientists who study environmental change over short and deep timescales including mountains and volcanoes, climate change, bio-geochemistry, ecology, microbes, Mars and more.
Dr Tom Argles: And with researchers dedicated to studying how to teach their Science subjects engagingly so we can support our students in their distance learning.
Professor David Gowing: Whether fascinated by scientific research, teaching methods, or both - we’re all focused on preparing students for careers in Environmental, Earth or Ecosystem sciences.
Dr Susanne Schwenzer: And to give anyone interested the opportunity to learn how the world around them, and indeed the Universe, works.
Dr Yoseph Araya: Well, our modules are actually carefully designed, and we’re very proud of the learning and innovation as we do to ensure they are accessible, engaging and interactive.
Professor Mark Brandon: We're advisors for BBC documentaries which take educational entertainment into modules and people's homes.
Dr Clare Warren: Our students have the opportunity to use specialist equipment recreated in a digital environment - such as this virtual microscope used for looking at rock thin sections.
Dr Angela Coe: Through social media we will enable you to become part of our scientific community and to share in the excitement as discoveries unfold. We can also, through the use of mobile technology, actually bring to you what we're seeing in the laboratories, out in the field, or in fact things such as these lovely building stones here.
Dr Kadmiel Maseyk: We run experiments, led by student choice, broadcast live from the field, to teach field science.
Professor David Gowing: And we run residential fieldschools, at various centres, to give students real field experience and to teach them practical and transferable skills. Whilst these events can be hard work, they are enjoyed immensely by students and tutors alike.
Dr Miranda Dyson: Our module materials are designed for you to study when it suits you, events are recorded for you to watch at anytime. You can also take your module materials with you wherever you go.
Dr Pallavi Anand: Our well qualified tutors look after small student groups to provide personalised support as you study.
Dr Phil Wheeler: Our citizen science programs are a hub for knowledge, to help identify and understand plants and animals. They're a powerful teaching tool and show our dedication to providing education for all.
Dr Julia Cooke: We would love to have you in our classes. as you learn about the Earth, Environments and Ecosystems. We want to inspire you and encourage your learning as you work towards a career or fulfil a desire to learn more about this incredible world and beyond.
Our modules and qualifications are informed and enriched by the scientific research we do. What you learn is current, sound science, relevant to helping society understand and address some of the environmental issues facing the world today.
Our curriculum is informed by the latest innovations in educational theory, research and practice. We constantly review how we deliver our modules and the practical skills you will develop, to enhance what and how you learn throughout your studies.
The funds for the Ian Gass Bursary were donated by friends and colleagues of the late Professor Ian Gass FRS, founding professor of OU Earth Sciences, on his retirement in 1991. The award is open to anyone who has studied with The Open University (with good grades in at least 90 credits from Earth Sciences modules) and who wishes to pursue independent geological work but who does not hold a grant. Applicants may be studying for a PhD or MSc, or may be pursuing a private passion.
Awards are available up to £2000.
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