School of Earth and Environment

News Archive

I’ve been to a number of conferences but never one on the scale of the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers annual international conference, held this year at Imperial College, London. With up to thirty...[more]

Last August UNLEASH innovation lab 2017 took place in Denmark. UNLEASH is an initiative that brought together a 1000 young talents from 129 countries to co-create practical and innovative solutions to help realising the UN’s...[more]

The Faculty of Environment has achieved excellent student satisfaction results in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). The School of Earth and Environment achieved an impressive 98%. Geology achieved 98% overall student...[more]

The University of Leeds has achieved the highest award in the pilot year of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), designed by the Government to assess the quality of teaching in higher education. Gold means that the...[more]

Ross Gillard, PhD student in the School of Earth and Environment, has been awarded a Piers Sellers prize for exceptional PhD research by a University of Leeds student for his publications relating to the politics of climate and...[more]

Ensuring the economic, cultural and ecological value of rivers through more effective water flow management is the focus of a new research project led by the University of Leeds. The new project, which involves researchers from...[more]

Clothworkers court gate and students

The Faculty of Environment has achieved top 15 rankings in the Guardian University Guide 2018. The Schools of Geography and Earth and Environment have seen improvements in this year’s rankings for Geography and Environmental...[more]

K. Bloomfield, BSc Graduation, University of Leeds, 1951

Born in Hartlepool on 29 March 1930, Keith attended West Hartlepool Grammar School. On Tuesday 21 September 1948, only two or three weeks before the start of term, he was offered a place at the University of Leeds in the Honours...[more]

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The University of Leeds has been ranked in the world’s top 10 across several School of Earth and Environment research areas, according to the CWUR World University Rankings 2017. Achieving global top 10 positions in...[more]

Postgraduate Prize Winners

Four postgraduate researchers from the School have been awarded for their recent journal publications.  On 28 April 2017, the School of Earth and Environment held its annual Postgraduate Research Publication Prize-giving...[more]

Trees for life, Kenya – photo © Bettys and Taylors Group

United Bank of Carbon is delighted to launch Terrific Tropical Trees, whereby a tree is being planted in one of four new African forests for every school that completes the BBC's Terrific Scientific "Trees"...[more]

People at conference

A newly signed international agreement aims to expand academic co-operation and collaboration and promote sustainability, enterprise and local development.   An agreement between the University of Leeds through...[more]

Successful innovation in our student recruitment and teaching has earned Leeds a key role in over £1 million worth of HEFCE-funded research. Two Leeds initiatives will benefit from the latest round of HEFCE Catalyst funding,...[more]

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The School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds has had another successful year in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject. The annual survey evaluated 3,551 universities globally, on a range of subject...[more]

As part of a newly signed agreement, two leading earth science institutes have committed to strengthening global research and collaboration.  The University of Leeds, through the School of Earth and Environment (SEE), and...[more]

The University is helping lead a high-level delegation to China this week, forging partnerships and opportunities between Chinese provinces and the Leeds City Region, Council, universities and business.  Joining the...[more]

Earlier this month (Friday 13th), saw a celebratory dinner held at the Metropolitan Hotel Leeds in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the MSc Engineering Geology course at the University of Leeds. The Leeds Engineering...[more]

Holidaymakers concerned about fresh volcanic eruptions causing flight-disrupting ash clouds across Northern Europe might be reassured by a study setting out the first reliable estimates of their frequency. While the University...[more]

Last week we were delighted to celebrate the graduation of our postgraduate students at a ceremony in the University's Great Hall. After the ceremony our Graduates enjoyed a reception in the School where they had a chance to...[more]

Climate change impacts are being felt the world over, but nowhere more so than sub-Saharan Africa. Even within this region, certain areas are particularly vulnerable and past research by CCCEP (Abson et al., 2012; Simelton et...[more]

Professor Stringer from the School of Earth and Environment has set sail to the Antarctic as part of the project ‘Homeward Bound’, which aims to highlight the lack of female leadership in science.[more]

Outstanding Digital Innovation at the Times Higher Awards

A tool that uses computer gaming to simulate field trips has won a prestigious Times Higher Education award.[more]

A new £6 million project led by the University of Leeds is predicted to bring a £50 million benefit to the Yorkshire economy by reducing the costs and impact of water-related threats to the region.  Bringing together...[more]

Hosted by Dr. Yim Ling Siu, the Chinese delegation from Beijing Audit Bureau (headed by Mr. Zheng Shanmin) visited the University on 12th September. [more]

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, the current President of Iceland, gave the keynote speech at 'The Future of Wild Europe' conference at the University of Leeds this September. The five-day conference was co-organised by the School of...[more]

Read about our international students, where they're from and their research projects are on.[more]

Virtual Landscapes - University of Leeds and Leeds College of Art

We are delighted to announce that the School of Earth and Environment (University of Leeds) and the Leeds College of Art have been shortlisted in the Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research category of the Times...[more]

The National Student Survey

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS*) results reveal that we have risen to 3rd in the Russell Group of Universities for 'Physical Geography and Environmental Science'. *The National Student...[more]

Asda is the first UK supermarket to prove savings for customers, as two million reduce food waste at home following a campaign with the University of Leeds[more]

SRI PGR Student Thomas Smith was awarded a SRI bursary to attend GRONEN conference. He reports back: The GRONEN (Group for Research on Organisations and the Natural Environment) Conference is a biennial gathering that draws...[more]

The School of Earth and Environment is delighted to announce that Professor Simon Poulton has received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. The scheme is for respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential...[more]

The Geological Society Awards 2016 enjoys three female winners from School of Earth and Environment With great pleasure we wish to congratulate Dr Tracy Aze on winning the Lyell Fund Award, Dr Anja Schmidt on receiving the...[more]

A study of more than 6,000 marine fossils from the Antarctic shows that the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs was sudden and just as deadly to life in the polar regions. Previously, scientists had thought that...[more]

IGT member, Dr. David Banks has been involved with the opening of new laboratories for Fluid Inclusion and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) research at Pamukkale University, Turkey. The Laboratory was officially opened by Pamukkale...[more]

Ravi Toor, a BA Environment & Business student in the School of Earth & Environment has won a prize to help his new business Filamentive.[more]

Athena SWAN Bronze Award for Faculty

The Faculty has been awarded for its work on advancing gender equality across the School. [more]

Maha Alsabbagh receives L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship.[more]

Researchers have used ‘network theory’ for the first time to visually depict the movement of dinosaurs around the world during the Mesozoic Era – including a curious exodus from Europe. The research, published today in the...[more]

Our own Dominick Spracklen and Cat Scott spoke to the Made in Leeds TV show about the Leeds Forest Observatory coming launching this summer. The observatory will enable staff and students[more]

Eight of our students (including 1 alumni) formed part of the 34 strong delegation from the University of Leeds that attended this year’s British Conference of Undergraduate Research. [more]

A new explanation on how gypsum grows from ions in solutions has been reported in Nature Communications.  Gypsum is an abundant, naturally occurring mineral and it is extensively used as the construction material Plaster of...[more]

Businesses in Calderdale, Yorkshire, have lost £47 million so far as a result of the Boxing Day floods. That’s one of the findings of a study into the impact of the floods on Calderdale’s business economy led by Dr Paola Sakai, a...[more]

The University of Leeds has risen in the rankings of the top universities in the world for Environmental Sciences, according to a recent international league table. The 2016 QS World University Rankings (by subject) reveal that...[more]

Held on Saturday 27 February 2016. September 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the MSc Exploration Geophysics course running consecutively at the University of Leeds. To celebrate, the Leeds Student Society of Economic...[more]

Dr Anja Schmidt

To mark International Women's Day, The University's Women of Achievement Awards recognise the significant contribution and impact that both female staff and students have made across the University and beyond. The awards are...[more]

Alumna Dr Sarah Glynn (BSc Geological Sciences, 2000) is newly appointed head of The Sill

Sarah will manage the UK's first dedicated landscape discovery centre, The Sill in Northumberland and due to open in 2017. Read more...[more]

Geology and Earth Science Alumni Reunion, Vancouver, Canada (January 2016)

A small, informal gathering of Geology and Earth Science alumni took place in Vancouver, Canada at the end of January. The reunion event was organised to coincide with and Association for Mineral Exploration, British Columbia's...[more]

The University of Leeds is a partner in a new research project to improve our understanding of rainfall and flood predictions in Scotland. Scientists from the University will work alongside the Scottish Environmental Protection...[more]

BBC weather presenter Paul Hudson visited the School of Earth and Environment recently to interview a number of staff who demonstrate the breadth of atmospheric and climate research going on here at Leeds. Listen to the full...[more]

An international team of scientists has shed new light on the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015, killing more than 8,000 people. In a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the scientists show that a kink...[more]

Tina Nakashole

Tina Nakashole is the first IAG PhD student to be funded by Debmarine (Namibia). Tina was employed by Namdeb (Namibia) prior to being offered this studentship in Leeds. She is studying the potential use of heavy minerals in...[more]

A new study may have resolved a fundamental question concerning the development of Earth as a planet on which animals could flourish: what came first, increasing levels of oxygen or complex animals? Before now it was not known...[more]

“Are you doing a PhD in tropical forest ecology in Leeds?” People often ask me this with questioning faces. Indeed, it means that I am connected to the University of Leeds, but my field site is in Vietnam. Therefore I went last...[more]

Harriet Thew (right) thanks UN dignitaries Christiana Figueres (left) and Ahmad Alhendawi (centre) for their efforts in including young people in the COP21 conference. Credit: Harriet Thew

Our own Harriett Thew opens the Youth and Future Generations Day...[more]

Paris2015. UN Climate Change Conference.

Scientists and world leaders are convening in Paris to tackle climate change, and the University of Leeds is well represented at the talks, offering a wealth of expertise in climate change science. At the United Nation's 21st...[more]

The University's Discovery Theme, Creating Sustainable Futures, has won the Learning and Skills category at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) awards.[more]

Selective environmental stress from sulphur emitted by continental flood basalt eruptions The role volcanic activity played in mass extinction events in the Earth’s early history is likely to have been much less severe than...[more]

On 2nd-3rd of November the UKCCSRC specialist meeting “Geophysical Modelling for CO2 storage, monitoring and appraisal” was held at the University and organized by Tom Lynch, Lisa Roach and Claire Birnie.  The meeting...[more]

On 26th October the International Ocean Discovery Project (IODP) expedition 357 set sail to the mid Atlantic aiming to further investigate serpentinisation processes taking place at the Atlantis Massif. IGT member Andrew McCaig...[more]