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School hosts regional heat in National Geology Challenge

23 January 2019

National Geology Challenge
Paul Maliphant of Mott MacDonald hosting the National Schools Geology Challenge final 2018 at the offices of the Geological Society in London.

Cardiff University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences has been chosen as the location for the 10th annual regional heat of the National Geology Challenge, which takes place in January 2019.

The regional competition was conceived in 2009 by students and staff of Whitchurch High School (Cardiff) and Geological Society representative Paul Maliphant of global engineering, development and management consultants Mott MacDonald. Paul is a former Vice President of the Geological Society and a member of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences’ External Advisory Board.

In 2012, the regional challenge between Welsh secondary schools, acclaimed for its educational value and students’ enjoyment, inspired the first National Schools Geology Challenge Final, which was held in London between winners of regional heats.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the South Wales Schools Geology Challenge at Cardiff University has been expanded to include a Triple Junction Challenge, an Early Career Geologist Challenge and an Eminent Geologist Balloon Debate. The event will bring together secondary school students and teachers with university students and lecturers and representatives of the geoscience industry.

The National Final will take place in March 2019 with regional winners from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.

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