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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.”

May 2019


May 3rd at 18:30 to May 5th at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Why does Lake District topography vary so much from rolling Kendal foothill, to jagged Central Fell peak, to majestic yet rounded Skiddaw north mountain? Travel through almost 500 millon years of geological history - 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 Break 4pm on the last day. Endorsed by the Geological Society. Dr Annette McGrath (geology lecturer www.highamhall.com/annette-mcgrath)…

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June 2019


June 16th at 18:30 to June 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A more advanced course for those already introduced to the subject. We move on from our Ancient Rocks of Lakeland course, examining the Carboniferous to Present. Includes trips out with walking - bring boots and outdoor gear!Endorsed by the Geological Society. Dr Annette McGrath (geology lecturer www.highamhall.com/annette-mcgrath) Residential: £338 Non-residential: £239 (inc. Field Trips)

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