Department of Social Sciences

  • Geography (BA or BSc)

    Induction Week (Week 0) Diary

    Here is a list of the main events involving Geography students in Induction Week (17-21 September). Events in bold are COMPULSORY.

    Once you've had a look at your timetable for the week, click on our Welcome page, which contains lots of other useful information.




    Tuesday 18 September

    Geography Induction and Enrolment (for all Geography students) Start at 09:00
    Finish at 12:30
    Sports Studio, Centre for Sport, Headington Campus

    Wednesday 19 September

    Freshers' Sports Fair 10:00 to 16:00 Centre for Sport, Headington Campus

    Thursday 20 September

    Subject Meeting 1 Start at 10:00
    Finish at 11:00
    G536, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    All single honours students must attend this meeting.
    Combined honours students can choose to attend this meeting or the 11am meeting (see below).
    Subject Meeting 2 Start at 11:00
    Finish at 12:00
    G536, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    Combined honours students should attend meetings for both subjects but can choose which meeting to attend first.
    Meet Your Academic Advisor Drop-in from
    14:00 to 16:00
    Check on your PIP page when you print your timetable for their name and room number.
    PIP Helpdesk (First Years only) Drop-in from
    14:00 to 17:00
    G110, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    For timetable and programme queries

    Friday 21 September

    Freshers' Fair 10:00 to 16:00
    John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    PIP Helpdesk (All students) Drop-in from
    11:00 to 17:00
    G110, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    For timetable and programme queries.

    All Days

    Various Workshops and Events See Workshops and Events page for details.

    Subject Codes

    All subjects within the University have a unique subject code. For Geography, they are as follows:

    Subject Code


    GX GX is single honours Geography i.e. students study only Geography. Students will be studying for a BSc.
    GG GG is combined honours Geography i.e. students are combining Geography with another subject. Students will be studying for a BA or BSc dependent on their second subject.

    Key Contacts

    Here is a list of Key Contacts for your course:


    Contact Details

    Head of Department Dr Abbey Halcli
    Programme Lead Dr Louella Matsunaga
    Subject Coordinator Dr Wes Fraser
    Student Support Coordinator Ms Mandy Archer
    Academic Liaison Librarian Ms Charlie Brampton
    Programme Administrator Ms Laura Crofts +44 (0)1865 483750

    Recommended Reading

    Here are some of the recommended texts for the first year Geography modules. Please note that you are not required to get these books in advance. They are shown for those students who want to make a head start on the reading. Full reading lists for each module will be given in your lectures.


    Book Details

    U21103 Introduction to Human Geography Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. (eds.). (2014). Introducing Human Geographies. 3rd ed. London: Hodder Arnold
    This is a useful text to complement the course
    U21104 Introduction to Environmental Geography Holden, J. (ed.) (2012). An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment. 3rd ed. Harlow: Pearson
    U21106 Concepts in Geography Clifford, N.J., Holloway, S.L., Rice, S.P. and Valentine, G. (2009). Key Concepts in Geography. 2nd ed. London: Sage
    U21109 Geography of the Oxford Region To be advised

    Academic Advisors

    This is a list of all the Academic Advisors for Geography. You will be notified of who your Academic Advisor is when you enrol. You should meet your Academic Advisor in his/her room on Thursday Week 0 between 2pm and 4pm. If there is any change to this, it will be shown in the Alternative Arrangement column.




    Alternative Arrangement

    Dr Sarah Cant G411 48 3853 Thursday 20th Sept. 12:30-14:00
    Dr Wesley Fraser G429 48 3727  
    Professor John R. Gold G409 48 3784  
    Dr Ingrid Medby G511 48 3696  
    Dr Melanie Nowicki G508 48 3945  
    Professor Adrian Parker G408 48 3753  
    Dr Ash Parton G124 48 3785  
    Dr Christopher Satow G121b 48 3715  
    Dr Sam Smith G406a 48 4333  
    Professor Helen Walkington G413 48 3185  
    Dr Joseph Williams G429 48 3727