UK’s newest school of geography to open at Lincoln university

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A new school of geography is set to open at the University of Lincoln, welcoming its first students in September 2017.

It will be led by the founding Head of School, Professor Mark Macklin, who is an award-winning physical geographer and authority on river systems and global environmental change.

As the UK’s newest academic department for teaching and research in geography, the school aims to lead the way in advancing knowledge of the inhabited earth, environmental health, water and climate change.

Professor Macklin, who comes to Lincoln from Aberystwyth University where he was chair and professor of physical geography, will also oversee the development of the Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH).

This new research centre will focus on solving the most pressing global environmental and societal problems emerging from the world’s largest rivers.

These include climate change impacts on extreme floods and droughts, flood-related contamination from metal mining and processing, and water-borne and vector-borne diseases affecting humans and animals.

Director of the Royal Geographical Society, Dr Rita Gardner CBE, said: “Reflecting the remarkable strength of school and university Geography in the UK, the establishment of an entirely new School of Geography at the University of Lincoln, and the allied Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health, represents one of the most significant investments in UK university Geography for a generation.”

Professor Macklin said: “The new Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health will ensure that all undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is evidence-based and informed by the best research.”