In 2019 the University celebrated the 50th anniversary of geography being taught as a degree subject at the institution. At a special event on campus in November, academics past and present, students, alumni and members of the public joined together to pay tribute to the achievements of one of the University’s most respected scholarly communities.
Launched in 1969, geography as a subject has flourished at Plymouth, with more than 5,000 graduating in the years since, and has also developed a world-class research culture. To celebrate the anniversary, Dan Charman, formerly Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Plymouth and now Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter, provided a special guest lecture, and there was an exhibition of materials from the last 50 years, curated by Tim Absalom and Jamie Quinn of the GeoMapping Unit. And there was also the launch of a new book – Challenges, Changes and Achievements: A Celebration of Geography at the University of Plymouth – written by Mark Brayshay, Emeritus Professor.
More than 220 people attended the event, including the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Judith Petts CBE.