Bronze Standard in Scottish Education

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.  According to a report featured in The Telegraph in May, authored by Professor Jim Scott, the majority of Scottish schools are studying six or seven subjects at Nat5, rather than the eight which he describes as the ‘gold standard’. Many parents, teachers and […]

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Manu’s New Road: Development or Destruction?

Eilidh Munro is a filmmaker and photographer who has worked extensively in the Amazon Rainforest. Her next filming expedition, starting in November, will see her travel to south-eastern Peru to produce a documentary about an illegal new road being built in the Amazon.  A road is being built illegally through the Manu Biosphere Reserve: a […]

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Sustainable Economic Sufficiency: When is Enough Enough?

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.  In my office I have a quote on the wall by Lao Tzu: “he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough”. I was moved to reconsider it after reading several newspaper articles about the need for more and more. In […]

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Digital Mapping: Right HERE, Right Now

HERE Technologies are supporters of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and are helping fund our latest charitable appeal, A Horrible Geography of Scotland. HERE are keen for members to get involved in their community mapping project discussed below. The great advantage of a digital map is that it can be updated regularly to reflect the constant […]

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La Haute Route: A Journey of Ups & Downs

Written by Hazel and Luke Robertson, our fantastic Explorers-in-Residence. High above the bustling valleys and roads, and the packed, groomed ski slopes of the European Alps, there is a more tranquil, albeit challenging way of getting around. Between the two most recognisable summits in Europe, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, a ski-touring route exists, connecting […]

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Horrible Geography of Scotland

The inspiration to study Geography can come from almost anywhere, and it’s never too early to provide that spark. Children’s books such as the popular Horrible Geography series play a vital role. And that’s why we’ve decided to  produce a Horrible Geography of Scotland. But we need your support…!

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Isabella Bird: Playing with Hawaiian Fire

Written by RSGS Writer-in-Residence, Jo Woolf, author of The Great Horizon. “With the recent eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii, we take a look back at a visit to the volcano by Isabella Bird, 145 years ago…” “The words of common speech are quite useless. It is unimaginable, indescribable, a sight to remember for ever…” On 31st […]

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The King’s Speech

Written by RSGS Writer-in-Residence, Jo Woolf, author of The Great Horizon. With the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle only weeks away, I thought it was the perfect time to take a look back at Prince Harry’s great-grandfather, George VI, and his visit to RSGS. For a future king who dreaded public speaking, this was […]

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Acting on an Impulse

On Wednesday 2nd May, we were delighted to award our prestigious Mungo Park Medal to Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the pilots and driving force behind Solar Impulse, the first plane to circumnavigate the world without a drop of fuel. The presentation took place at Scottish Power HQ, Glasgow, to a packed crowd of over […]

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Discovering Oman for Lesson Plans

Deirdre Kehoe is a teacher of Geography and Environmental Science at Dunfermline High School, Fife. She obtained a degree in Geography and Music from St Patrick’s College of Education, Dublin and trained as a secondary school teacher in Moray House, Edinburgh. She has been teaching in Scotland for four years. Deirdre is involved in the […]

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