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Annette McGrath – (Geology)

  • Trained geologist (BSc, MSc and PhD)
  • currently a lecturer for the University of York, setting up and running a new postgraduate distance learning course on ‘The Geology of Yorkshire and Northern England
  • Has lectured to both undergraduates and postgraduates for Universities of Leicester and Derby
  • All of Annette’s courses utilise museum-grade geological specimens, petrological microscopes, thin sections and geological maps, many of which are kindly loaned by the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/geology
  • Has conducted fieldwork in this country and abroad
  • Published several geological walk booklets and books on geological, industrial and cultural heritage

With Annette’s expertise, Higham (itself in one of the major world areas of geological interest) now offers a range of Geology-based courses, some involving getting outside, but some staying indoors.

GSL-logo-endorsed-training-lowercaseWe are very proud to say that Annette’s courses at Higham have now been endorsed by the prestigious Geological Society. This is a significant achievement to have such a body recognising the integrity and value of what we are offering. As ever, it is due to the high standard of Tutor that we have been able to achieve this honour. This also reflects our commitment as a serious provider of true lifelong learning.

For those of you developing a really serious interest in Geology, Annette runs a Postgraduate Diploma at the University of York, part of the Centre for Lifelong Learning.
Annette’s Higham courses are an ideal first step towards formal academic study of this wonderful subject area. We are continuing to develop Geology courses with Annette’s expertise to satisfy both those who already know something and those new to the subject.

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“Annette was truly outstanding.”
“… an absolute tour de force”
“Excellent, a great story well told. I’d come to another of her courses.”
“Great course.”
“Course excellent in every way.  Subject material excellently organised and illustrated.”
“Level set was challenging but accessible too, irrespective of one’s amount of geological knowledge. Lecturer herself very accessible and open.”
“Excellent course and a wonderfully comfortable place to stay – thank you.”
“Brilliant course. Annette so good and interesting.”
“Another great course. Annette’s wealth of knowledge shared with us was amazing. Looking forward to the next course.”

Upcoming Courses

May 2018


May 4th at 18:30 to May 6th at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Ever wondered why the topography and scenery of the Lake District varies so much from the rolling foothills of Kendal to the jagged peaks of the Central Fells, to Skiddaw's majestic yet rounded mountain scenery in the north? Find out when you travel through almost 500 million years of geological history - a story of the closure of ancient oceans, volcanoes, Himalayan-scale mountain ranges, tropical seas, swamps, deserts & ice ages. Includes a field trip out on Sunday with some…

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June 2018


June 15th at 18:30 to June 17th at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

An advanced course for people with some knowledge, or who have already attended our GEOLOGY OF THE LAKES: AN INTRODUCTION course. This course examines the oldest rocks in Lakeland: the early-mid Palaeozoic (Ordovician to Devonian). Includes a field trip out on Sunday - wear appropriate walking boots and clothes! N.B.: Ends at Tea Break 4pm on the last day. Endorsed by the Geological Society. Dr Annette McGrath (geology lecturer www.highamhall.com/annette-mcgrath) Residential: £236 Non-residential: £169 (Field Trip included)

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