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Annette McGrath – (Geology)

  • Dr Annette McGrath – BSc Hons, ARSM, MSc, PhD  annette.mcgrath@york.ac.uk     Twitter: @AnnetteMcGrath7
  • Associate Lecturer and Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Diploma in ‘The Geology of Northern England’
  • Trained geologist: BSc, MSc, PhD and former Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP: https://www.iodp.org/) at the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment at the University of Leicester: https://le.ac.uk/geology
  • Currently a lecturer for the University of York, who has set-up and is now running the Postgraduate Diploma in ‘The Geology of Northern England (https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/courses/pgdip-geology-northern/) a distance learning programme that is run entirely online, with two residential week courses at the beginning of each year.
  • Annette has lectured to and led field trips for both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Universities of Leicester, Derby and York, and
  • Has conducted personal research and fieldwork in this country and abroad.
  • Annette has published several geological walk booklets, books and papers for the British Geological Survey (BGS: https://www.bgs.ac.uk) on the geological, industrial and cultural heritage of Leicestershire.
  • Annette has also published several scientific papers and reports for peer-reviewed journals: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Annette_Mcgrath3
  • All of Annette’s courses utilise museum-grade geological specimens, petrological microscopes, thin sections and geological maps, and a wide-range of geological textbooks are always on hand for students to consult.

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 (www.geolsoc.org.uk/endorsed-training-courses). 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. If interested you can contact her.
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.”

October 2019


October 24th at 18:30 to October 27th at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A thorough introduction through talks and practical sessions. Study a museum-quality geological collection from around the world and scrutinise the inner secrets of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks down the microscope. A large selection of geological maps and books will also be to hand. Visit Keswick Museum geology collection to view specimens from their stores and the John Ruskin collection. Also a brief field trip – come prepared with warm clothes and walking boots! N.B. Ends at Tea Break 4pm…

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November 2019


November 28th at 18:30 to December 1st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore our country’s rich and varied geological heritage on a three billion year journey. Includes a basic introduction to geology, a trip on Sunday exploring real-life geological features (weather permitting – dress for walking, warmth and dryness) and an indoor visit to the collection at Threlkeld Quarry Mining Museum (opening especially for us). Endorsed by the Geological Society. Dr Annette McGrath (geology lecturer www.highamhall.com/annette-mcgrath) Residential: £338 Non-residential: £239 (inc. Field Trip)

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February 2020


Friday February 7, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 9, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Indoor course with a short optional trip out, weather permitting. England is renowned for its great diversity of rocks and landscapes, almost 700 million years of geological history. An exciting journey that will encounter catastrophic volcanoes, long-lost oceans and rivers of ice. Endorsed by the Geological Society. Dr Annette McGrath (geology lecturer www.highamhall.com/ annette-mcgrath) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £171

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