School of Earth and Environment

Societies, Student Chapters and Interest Groups

Students in fancy dress

There are a number of groups in the School of Earth and Environment and these are either student societies, student groups or student chapters (usually a sub group of a much larger national/international industry based organisation).

Membership involves being part of a group that has a common interest in a particular subject area related to your studies and attending events and activities focused on that interest. Events can be educational (for example guest speakers) or social (drinks in the pub!) or both, and can include day trips and overnight stays (for example Amsterdam).

There is no obligation to attend events, but it is an excellent way to meet like minded people and in many cases committee members are re elected each year so there is the opportunity to build on your management and leadership skills if you want to take more of an active part in the group.

Groups include:

  • ROCSOC
    socials, sporting activities and talks on geology are organised throughout the year - attracts Geo/Geophys/Environment students.  Has links to the Leeds Geological Society. Highlights include trips to Whitby and Amsterdam.
  • Enviro-Soc
    social and educational activities related to all disciplines of the Environment, including Management, Business, Conservation, Science, Transport and Sustainability. - attracts Environment/Metereology and Climate/Sustainability students.  Highlights have included a bicycle powered cinema and comedy night - 'Laugh in the Face of Climate Change'
  • Sustainability Action Group (SAG)
    a mixed bunch of students and staff with an active interest in talking, watching films with a social, ethical or environmental interest, and sharing information and ideas to stimulate thinking about environmental and sustainable issues. The group also takes part in responding to consultations and we work with the University to achieve sustainability on campus.  Highlights include the bee hive project and the siting of beehive within the SEE biodiversity garden in 2011/2012.
  • Society of Economic Geologists (SEG Student Chapter)
    This student chapter attracts students interested in mineral exploration. The emphasis is on building the employability of student members through developing links with industry through guest speakers and site visits. The chapter is very active in attending industry events and since 2012 has been sending members to the SEG roundup in Vancouver.
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG Student Chapter)
    this is a student chapter of the world's largest professional geological society.  Membership is free and provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and an understanding of industry through meeting professionals from the petroleum industry.
  • SEE Sports Clubs
    The SEE sports teams represent the School in the intra mural leagues in hockey, rugby, cricket, football and netball. They provide the opportunity to get involved with a team in a friendly environment made up of PhD, Masters and undergrad students from SEE.
  • Geology for Global Development (GFGD Student Chapter)
    A new chapter for 2012 with the aim of broadening the interest area of students studying geology. The purpose of GFGD is to explore the ways geoscience can be used to address some of the global issues facing the world today.

The School also has very close links with the Leeds Geological Association who run monthly talks at the University for anyone with an interest in geology. Students also get the chance to present their final year mapping projects to the association and are encouraged to attend fieldtrips throughout the summer.

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