UCL Earth Sciences

Public Service Impact

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Geology is all around us, and you do not have to be a student at UCL to appreciate the fascination of earth sciences.  Through links to our geology collections, taster courses, loans box, projects and self-guided walks, we hope to widen access to both children and adults.  We are also represented on the London Geodiversity Partnership, which is working to promote the geological diversity and protect the geological heritage of London.

Examples of activities we have undertaken over the past few years include:

  • London Geology Walks

    London Geology Walks

    Online Resource guide to Geology
    London has a very rich and varied geology in the built environment, allowing us to see a wide range of beautiful and interesting geology
  • GeoBus


    An exciting mobile Earth science outreach project now visiting schools all across London.
    A free outreach programme offered to both Primary and Secondary schools.
  • Online Talks and Lectures

    Talks and Lectures

    Open Access Talks By Earth Scientists
    Contributing to the UCL Science Centre view for informative talks open to all.
  • Fieldwork in London

    Fieldwork in London

    Online Resource guide to Geology
    London has much to offer students and teachers in the way of geology and physical geography fieldwork.
  • Urban Geology

    Urban Geology

    Cultural & Urban Geology: Downloads, Events & Collections
    Online resource with guided tours of London's Geology maintained by UCL Earth Science's Dr Ruth Siddall.
  • Mars in the classroom

    Mars in the Classroom

    Online Resource for Students
    Mars in the Classroom provides an exciting program of hands-on and thought-provoking science activities for children aged 13 to 16.
  • Geology Collections

    Geology Collection

    The Rock Room
    Today, the collection includes not only rocks, minerals and fossils collected over the last 175 years, but also individual collections of historical importance.
  • Summer/Taster Courses

    Summer/Taster Courses

    The Earth: from crust to core
    We invite you to come and explore the field of Earth Sciences before joining the university.
  • School Visits

    School Visits

    Talks, Demonstrations and Activities for Schools
    Offering a variety of options delivered either through a school visit to UCL or by one of our scientists visiting your school.
  • The E N I Children Education Programme

    The E N I Children Education Programme

    Magreb Petroleum Group
    The programme is designed to educate and inspire a new generation of scientists who will need to meet the challenge of supplying the world’s growing energy demands in a sustainable way.
  • Seismin - Build Your Planet

    Seismin - Build Your Planet

    #Planets; #Tectonics; #Hazards
    We explore the inner workings of the structure, composition and dynamics of planets in our solar system.
  • Earth Science Week 2015

    Earth Science Week 2015

    The Age of the British Isles: Come on a date with UCL Earth Sciences
  • Soapbox Science - Women in Science

    Soapbox Science

    Event promoting women in Science
    Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do.
  • I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!

    I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!

    Interact with real scientists.
    The UK’s largest online, X Factor-style competition between the scientists, where the students are the judges.

Beyond our Academic Studies:

The Geology Collections

Learning with objects has been an integral part of geological study at UCL since the first half of the nineteenth century. Today, the collection includes not only rocks, minerals and fossils collected over the last 175 years, but also individual collections of historical importance. 

ES Walks

London walks is a series of geological walks written by a number of individuals, some of whom are connected with UCL Earth Sciences, which allow Londoners to see a range of geological features, and rocks from around the world, all on the doorstep.

Mars in the Classroom

The Mars in the Classroom project provides years 9 - 11 (ages 13 - 16 yrs) science pupils in the UK with an engaging programme of extra-curricular activities. Students are asked to plan their own manned mission to Mars, exploring a wide range of relevant subjects both theoretically and experimentally as they progress through various workshops.

Mars in the Classroom