Aberystwyth University Geology

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University Geology

The Aberystwyth Geography and Geology Field Course Centre (FCC) is an ideal base for schools and colleges who offer fieldwork components for Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies and similar topics at GCSE and A-Level.

Our location and fieldwork destinations…

Aber (Welsh for mouth of a river and pet-name for the town) is a small, welcoming community in west Wales. It is nestled between the Cambrian Mountains to the east, the Pembrokeshire National Park to the south, Cardigan Bay to the west, and Snowdonia National Park to the north. As such, the FCC is ideally placed within Wales and indeed, the southern UK, with access to a wide range of physical, human and environmental features.

Many field locations are within walking distance of the town and the University’s main Penglais Campus, and many more just a short drive away. Other destinations can be reached within an hour’s drive, including the classic glacial landscapes of Cadair Idris and Snowdon, and the awe-inspiring Elan Valley.

Aber itself also benefits from being a vibrant and cosmopolitan University town, as well as being small and manageable enough to facilitate a wealth of practical activities within a relatively small area.

The full Aberystwyth Geography and Geology FCC guidebook, which includes example fieldwork locations, is available as a PDF download in English and in Welsh.

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences…

The Aberystwyth Geography and Geology FCC is run by the Department of Geography and Earth Science (DGES) and Aberystwyth University. DGES is celebrating 100 years of Geography at Aberystwyth in 2017-18. Over the years we have become one of the leading departments of its kind in the United Kingdom, with internationally renowned researchers and award-winning teaching and support staff.

DGES specialise in Quaternary environmental change, glaciology, fluvial processes, applied remote sensing and GIS, sustainability, urbanisation, rural change, cultural and historical geography, and political studies, as well as applied geology, geo- and hydrochemistry and geological hazards including volcanoes and earthquakes.

What we offer…

We are proud to be able to offer GCSE and A-Level groups a chance to explore our wonderful surroundings, and take advantage of Aberystwyth University’s competitively-priced accommodation and meal packages. Furthermore, we can offer expert guidance and opinion from our lecturing staff in any of the above topics, and are happy to discuss fieldwork opportunities and logistics with you. We can also provide fieldwork support (including equipment loans), as well as laboratory space, computer facilities and seminar rooms for preparatory sessions and fieldwork data analysis.

Contact the FCC Team…

To discuss your fieldwork opportunities, logistics and costs, please contact the FCC Team on fiestaff@aber.ac.uk. We look forward to welcoming you to Aberystwyth.