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Sir Michael Palin is offering his support to the launch of BA (Hons) degree in Geography at Lews Castle College UHI.

World famous as an explorer, actor, author and comedian, Sir Michael Palin is President of the Royal Geographical Society and has previously described Geography as “a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me, geography is a great adventure with a purpose.”

Sir Michael offered LCC UHI and the future Geography students words of encouragement, “To all on the Geography course at Lews Castle College UHI, Geography is the subject of the moment.

"As the most basic concerns about our continued existence on the planet are being raised at the highest level, the relevance of geography becomes more important than ever.  Geography asks the questions we need to answer. The more you know about Geography, the more you know about the future.”

Geography is at the heart of many local and global current issues, and LCC UHI recognised the need and demand from students to examine areas such as land use, climate change, planning and development, globalisation, energy and tourism, from a social science perspective. This course offers students the opportunity to explore the inter-relationships between people, place and the environment and how these vary across and between places.

Programme Leader, Dr Eilidh MacPhail, said, “This new course will allow students from across the Highlands and Islands and beyond to study a recognised subject from home, allowing them to understand and discuss many of the issues facing our region and the wider world: from renewable energy development to tourism, from climate change to migration, all of which will be crucial to our communities’ futures.” 

Geography graduates are among the most employable: in addition to expertise in many relevant sectors for employment, students will leave the course with highly transferable skills. Observation, data collection and analytical skills, combined with specific skills in using specialist mapping tools and software, enable graduates to be independent researchers and apply these attributes in a range of careers.

Donna Gillies, Teacher of Geography & Psychology, The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway said, “This course provides an excellent opportunity for our pupils to continue their Geography studies into Further Education while living, and potentially working, at home. The local area right on our doorstep provides endless opportunities for fieldwork and research at a time when career options in Geography related fields are developing rapidly.”

This degree is delivered entirely online, by tutors with years of experience of teaching at a distance, and can be studied from anywhere in the world, full or part-time to suit your circumstances.

Join LCC UHI’s Humanities Staff for a live Q&A as they chat and answer your question on Climate Change, Sustainability and Geography on Wednesday 16th June at 1pm -  

Find out more about studying Sustainable Development and Geography at LCC UHI - Geography & Sustainable Development - Lews Castle College UHI