Nicholas Barber, 4th Year PhD Student, tells us about his experience as a demonstrator for this summer’s first year field trip to Arran – the first since the pandemic started.
Covid-19’s impact has touched each and
every one of our lives. While the impacts of the pandemic have been
devastating, in a much smaller way Covid-19 has completely reshaped what it
means to study Earth Sciences at Cambridge. Traditionally, our students would
spend a week over the Easter holiday tramping through the bogs and heather on
the Isle of Arran – this would be their first taste of fieldwork and would be
“the best revision any Cambridge undergraduate could ask for.”
Continue reading “Arran 2021: reporting on the successes of running a field trip in Covid-times”
The end of Lent term brings with it the start of the undergrad fieldtrip season. The first group of 1A’s left bright and early on Thursday morning for the Ayrshire coast in Scotland, ready for their first proper fieldtrip away from Cambridgeshire.
Continue reading “A journey across the equator: Arran 2017”
The annual first year undergraduate field trip to the Isle of Arran, Scotland took place as usual at the end of March and beginning of April. This is always an exciting trip – first years get their first taste of what being a ‘real geologist’ is all about and the demonstrators get to revisit the truly spectacular wealth of geology the island has to offer.
Continue reading “First years get a taste of being a ‘real geologist’ in Arran”
Nothing brings students together like a good field trip.
2014’s third batch of 36 Cambridge 1A undergraduate geologists arrived by coach to the Scottish coastal paradise of Ayr on the 27th April. The traditional Station Hotel (part gothic mansion, part haunted house, part correctional facility) was replaced for the first time with the bright lights of the shiny Ayr Mercure Hotel where students and staff alike gratefully sank into their plush pillows after the 8 hour trip from Cambridge.
Continue reading “Unpicking 500 million years of geological history on Arran”