New lecturer maps out the future of geography

The University of Wolverhampton is one step closer to putting geography back on the map with the appointment of a new lecturer.

Dr Emily Jervis, from Shifnal in Shropshire, has joined the Faculty of Science and Engineering as Geography Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

With a Masters Degree in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology, Emily has worked in industry as well as working in project support at Telford and Wrekin Council.  She secured a PhD in Management Science at the University of Liverpool Management School where she conducted extensive research into lowering CO2 emissions in the construction industry. 

The new Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Geography, Urban Environments and Climate Change will focus on green awareness, renewable energy and the impacts of climate change, combining aspects of architecture, construction, environmental health and civil engineering.

Students will study how sustainable solutions can be incorporated into the infrastructure of built environments, with focus on brownfield development, energy efficient buildings, smart cities and green infrastructure, including green roofs, sustainable urban drainage systems and integrated transport systems.

Emily said:  “My background is in sustainable construction which is a really good fit with the range of modular elements I’ll be teaching on the new geography course.

“The University’s commitment to regeneration projects in the Black Country will offer students on the new course access to real site case studies of brownfield development, like the one at the former Springfield Brewery, as well as having the use of analytical and computer laboratories to enhance their studies.

“I’m really looking forward to taking up the challenge of equipping graduates with the knowledge and skills required by a green economy that is continuing to expand and develop at an increasing pace.”

Notable key modules include Climate Change,  Sustainability and Smart Cities, consecutive geo-spatial modules Geography of the Urban Landscape (level 4), The Digital Environment (level 5) culminating in Geo-BIM (level 6) and the bespoke module Environmental issues of the Developing World by the Centre for International Development and Training.

Students will benefit from field trips, site visits, guest lectures from practising key professionals and there may also be the possibility of a placement in a partner institution in North America.

Anyone interested in studying the new BSc (Hons) Geography, Urban Environments and Climate Change degree should check out the website.  Meet Emily in person: https://youtu.be/QHNXzWg8C0g

Anyone applying for a course through clearing should visit our dedicated website to register their interest and arrange a phone call with the University on results day, Thursday 18th August. For anyone who already has their results, applications can be started now, and this can either be done through our Clearing website or by calling the Clearing hotline on 01902 323505 or contact us through our Social Media channels Twitter@wlv_uni or Facebook/uniwolverhampton. Visit our next Open Day on Saturday 20th August for more information.

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Date Issued: 6th August 2016

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