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Dr Annette McGrath – BSc Hons, ARSM, MSc, PhD FGS – (Geology)

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.

Annette is now a Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS).

Annette 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.”





February 2020


February 7th at 18:30 to February 9th 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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May 2020


May 1st at 18:30 to May 3rd at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

18:30 Fri 1 May - 16:00 Sun 3 May 2020 Why does Lake District topography vary so much from the rolling foothills of Kendal, to the jagged peaks of the Central Fells, to the majestic yet rounded Skiddaw massif in the north? Travel through 500 million years of geological history with stories of ancient oceans, volcanoes, Himalayan-scale ranges, tropical seas, swamps, deserts and ice ages. Includes trips out with walking - bring boots and outdoor gear! N.B.: Ends at Tea…

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June 2020


June 18th at 18:30 to June 21st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

18:30 Thu 18 Jun - 13:30 Sun 21 Jun 2020 A more advanced course for those already introduced to the subject. We examine the oldest rocks in Lakeland: the early-mid Palaeozoic (Ordovician to Devonian periods). The course includes several field trips out with some walking on a variety of paths and with stiles to climb over - so wear appropriate walking boots and warm and waterproof clothes! Note: the LAKELAND ROCKS: TROPICAL SEAS, RAGING DESERTS & ICE AGES course leads…

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