Welcome Week

I would like to welcome you to the School of Environmental Sciences! I hope that your time with us in Liverpool is productive and enjoyable. You will be joining one of our two Departments, Geography and Planning, or Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences. Together these departments encompass an enormous range of activities across the disciplines of Planning & Civic Design, Geography, Environmental Science, Ecology & Marine Biology, Geology & Geophysics and Ocean Science. 

The School has a strong student-centred philosophy – our degrees are grounded in theory, the latest research findings and practical work in the field, laboratory or computer suite. However, the key to your education is YOU – we are here to guide and support you through your time at the University. 

We deliver high quality degree programmes and world-class research across the disciplines, but also are involved in collaborating with industry, Government and the public to maximise the impact of our work. The School therefore has a multidisciplinary culture, which leads to a vibrant working environment. While research is not your primary concern, you will find that being taught by leading scientists and social scientists greatly enhances your learning experience. 

The School of Environmental Sciences was formed in 2009, but has a proud history. The former Department of Civic Design, for example, was the first University department to provide a degree in Town Planning and celebrated its centenary in 2009-10, while the traditions of marine science and geology pre-date the University and can be traced back to research conducted in the mid-19th century. The School can boast a number of other firsts – the first UK Geography degree, the first UK Marine Biology degree, the first UK Oceanography Department, the first UK Planning degree and we are committed to continuing to innovate and develop our Degree Programmes to meet the needs of the 21st Century.

If you have any questions before your arrival, please contact us using the details provided and we will be very happy to help you. I look forward to meeting you in September. 

Prof Doug Mair, Head of School of Environmental Sciences