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Papers & Resources


Minutes and Resources are available from the links below. Resources from before May 2015, when the Committee was known as CHUGD, are archived.

Minutes & Meeting Papers:

Newsletters & Reports, Safety Policies & Links:

University Geoscience UK Membership & Committee


Membership of University Geoscience UK is open to all departments/schools in higher education institutions with teaching and/ or research interests in geoscience. 

A membership fee is set annually, presently £60. Departmental/school representation at meetings is open to respective heads of department/school or their delegated substitutes. 


Meetings of University Geoscience UK are normally held twice a year, in spring and autumn. We aim to alternate the venue between Burlington House in London, and a university campus somewhere outside London. Additional meetings can be called at any time, and the Executive may meet more frequently. It is the responsibility of the Executive, through the Chairman and Secretary, to ensure that agendas are completed and circulated well in advance of meetings.

Minutes are taken during meetings, and these are circulated to all departmental/school heads and executive members as soon as possible thereafter. Correspondence to or from University Geoscience UK is through the Chairman and/or the Executive Secretary. Important items of correspondence are circulated between the two. Minutes of the meetings can be downloaded from the passworded Members' Page.

Current Members

University Geoscience UK Executive Committee are highlighted in green


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including web links & accredited degrees)

University Geoscience UK Member and Role

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""Dept of Geology & Petroleum Geology
University of Aberdeen

College of Physical Sciences
Meston Building, Kings College, Aberdeen AB24 3UE
Prof Randell Stephenson
""Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences
University of Wales: Aberystwyth

Llandinam Building, Penglais Campus
Aberystwyth SY23 3DB
Prof Nick Pearce
University Geoscience UK Rep

Prof Geoff Duller
University Geoscience UK Rep
""School of  Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
Head of School
University Geoscience UK Exec Member
""School of the Environment
University of Brighton

Cockcroft Building,  Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ
Prof Andy Cundy
Head of Department
""Department of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol

Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ
Prof Michael Walter
Head of School
""Department of Earth Sciences
University of Cambridge

Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ
Dr David Norman
Director of Teaching
""Darwin College
University of Cambridge                                  

Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EU
Visit the Website
Prof Mary Fowler
""School of Earth, Ocean & Planetary Sciences
Cardiff University

Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3YE
Prof Ian Hall
Head of Department
""Geography, Earth, Environment & Sport
University of Derby

Kedleston Roa, Derby DE22 1GB

Head of Department
University Geoscience UK Exec Member

Prof Hugh Rollinson
(UGUK Rep)
""UCD School of Geological Sciences
University College - Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland
Prof Frank McDermott
Head of Department
""Department of Earth Sciences
University of Durham

Science Laboratories, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE
University Geoscience UK Vice Chair

Prof Colin MacPherson
Head of Department
""School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia

Norwich NR4 7TJ
Prof Kevin Hiscock
(University Geoscience UK Rep)
""School of Geosciences
University of Edinburgh

Grant Institute of Earth Science
The King’s Buildings, West Mains Rd, Edinburgh EH9 3JW
Dr Susan Rigby
Head of Department
""Camborne School of Mines
University of Exeter in Cornwall

Tremough Campus, 
Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ
Prof Kip Jeffrey
Head of Department

Prof Frances Wall
University Geoscience UK Rep
""Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences
National University of Ireland

Galway, Republic of Ireland
Dr Peter Croot
Head of Department
""Department of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
East Quadrangle, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Prof Martin Lee
Head of School
University Geoscience UK Executive Secretary
""Institute of Petroleum Engineering
Heriot-Watt University

Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Prof Dorrik Stow
Head of Department
""Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Hertfordshire
College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB
Dr Tim Sands
Head of Department
""School of Earth Sciences & Geography
Keele University

William Smith Building, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG
Dr Stuart Egan
University Geoscience UK Rep
""School of Geography, Geology & the Environment, Kingston University
Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Dr Andrew Swan
Head of Department
""Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University

IENS, Lancaster LA1 4YQ
Prof Graham Harris
Head of Department
""School of Earth & Environment
University of Leeds

Leeds LS2 9JT
Prof Simon Bottrell
Head of Department
""Department of Geology
University of Leicester

University Road, Leicester LE1 7

University Geoscience UK Honorary Exec
(Advisory Only)

Prof Richard England
Head of Department

""Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences
University of Liverpool

4 Brownlow Street, Liverpool L69 3GP
Dr John Wheeler
Head of Department
""School of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Birkbeck College, University of London

Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX
Head of Department
University Geoscience UK Exec Member
""Dept of Earth Science & Engineering
Imperial College, University of London

South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ
Prof Mark Sephton
Head of Department
""Department of Earth Sciences
Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
University Geoscience UK Exec Member

Prof Dave Mattey
Head of Department
""Department of Earth Sciences
University College, University of London

Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Prof Lars Stixrude
Head of Department
""School of Earth, Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester
Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
University Geoscience UK Treasurer
Head of Department
""School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences
University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Cassie Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Prof David Manning
University Geoscience UK Rep

""Department of Earth Sciences
Open University

Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
Dr Arlene Hunter
Head of Department
""Department of Earth Sciences
Oxford University

Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PR
Prof Gideon Henderson
Head of Department
""School of Earth, Ocean & Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth
Drake Circus 
Plymouth PL4 8AA
Dr Mark Anderson
Head of School

Professor Gregory Price
Head of Department
""School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth

Burnaby Building, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3QL
Prof Rob Strachan
Head of School
""School of Ocean and Earth Science
University of Southampton

National Oceanography Centre, 
European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH
University Geoscience UK Chair

Prof Steve Robert
Head of Department
""Energy and Environment Research Institute
University of South Wales

Pontypridd, Wales CF37 4AT
Dr Ian Skilling
Course Leader, BSc Geology
""School of Geography and Geosciences
University of St Andrews

Irvine Building, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AL
Prof Tony Prave
Head of Department
""British Geological Survey
Kingsley Dunham Centre
Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG
Visit the website
Prof John Ludden
""The Geological Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG
Mr Pete Loader
Chair Education Committee

Nic Bilham
Director of Policy
Judi Lakin
Education Manager

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Office bearers of University Geoscience UK (the University Geoscience UK Executive) currently comprise Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary (with the support of an administrative secretary), treasurer, applied geology representative and large departments representative. 

Where possible, the makeup of the University Geoscience UK Executive should reflect the broad diversity of institutional type and location and so remains flexible. 

Membership of the Executive is normally drawn from present or past heads of department and is confirmed by election at a full meeting of University Geoscience UK. 

Travel expenses are normally available to University Geoscience UK office bearers.

Executive Committee

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Prof Tim Minshull
University of Southampton

  • Devolved Responsibility:
    Public engagement; government policy and external relations (including RCUK)

Vice Chair / Chair Elect:
Prof Jon Gluyas
University of Durham

  • Devolved Responsibility:
    Research agenda, including infrastructure & facilities & postgraduate research

Vice Chair / Past Chair:
Prof Mike Lovell
University of Leicester

  • Devolved Responsibility:

Executive Secretary:
Dr Gordon Curry

University of Glasgow

Prof Kevin Taylor

University of Manchester

Prof Peter Burgess
Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Devolved Responsibility:
    Recruitment & outreach (to schools and parents)

Prof Tim Reston

University of Birmingham

  • Devolved Responsibility:
    Employability agenda & relations with employers

Prof Gerald Roberts
Birkbeck College, University of London

  • Devolved Responsibility:
    Postgraduate taught programmes (MScs)

Dr Sian Davies-Vollum
University of Derby

  • Devolved Responsibility:
    Undergraduate teaching

Administrative Secretary:
Margaret Jackson
University of Glasgow

Past Chairs

Past Chairs include:
  • Prof Malcom B Hart (University of Plymouth) 1996 - 1999
  • Dr Gordon Walkden (University of Aberdeen) 2000 - 2001
  • Dr Andrew Parker (University of Reading) 2001 - 2003
  • Prof Kathy Whaler (University of Edinburgh) 2003-2005
  • Professor Andy Rankin (University of Kingston) 2005-2007
  • Prof Jon Davidson (University of Durham) 2008 - 2010
  • Prof Mary Fowler (Darwin College, University of Cambridge) 2010 - 2012
  • Prof Mike Lovell (University of Leicester) 2012 - 2015