Last week the Careers department hosted Mark Meyrick (OV) from Ecotricity who explained the importance of sustainability in business and gave an insight into his career in the energy industry. He talked about the very relevant subject of Climate Change and how this affects us all. Pointing out important milestones in protocols and international summits along the way and showed how sustainable companies are becoming more popular for consumers as well as investors and also explained the huge range of jobs that may appeal to our current students, which are a product of climate change, sustainability, environmental awareness and renewable energies.
Following on from this talk, the Geography Department streamed a live lecture from the Geographical Association on the role of geography and crime by Andy Brumwell, Geospatial Intelligence Manager at West Midlands Police. He highlighted the importance of geography in his work and in particular the use of Geographical Information Systems to manage crime.
“We all have our own personal geography – our behaviours, travel habits, places we visit – and criminals are no different” Andy Brumwell.
A recording of the lecture can be found on the enrichment pages of the Geography Department’s Firefly by clicking here.
Following the live lecture from the Geographical Association, here is a write up by one of our A level geography students. “From our daily commutes to school and work to predicting the movement of criminals, geography has proved to be an inherent part in understanding our nature as human beings and is an imperative source of information for the Police in monitoring crime. This lecture vocalised clearly how crime analysis has become increasingly enhanced by GIS (Geographic Information Systems), using maps and data to help protect and sustain the safety of our communities. By plotting the location of crime and mapping geographical components such as population density, age, gender, ethnicity and land use, the Police can analyse patterns and identify which environments may be the most fertile for criminal activity. This innovative movement to view crime as a sum of external geographical factors as opposed to random occurrences helps the Police discover patterns, allowing them to predict where crime may be more likely to occur and to help prevent criminal activity in advance. This lecture was extremely interesting in enriching my knowledge of further uses of geography, highlighting the significance of data in our everyday lives, and giving a practical insight into the value of geography in the workforce.”
It is great our students have the opportunity to relate their subject to the real world through these live talks and lectures and respond with such understanding and inspiration.