Department of Social Sciences

  • Geography (BA or BSc)

    Induction timetable

    Here is a list of the main events involving Geography students in Induction Week (16-20 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.

    Don't forget to enrol online before you arrive so you can collect your student card. When you collect your card you will need to have appropriate photo Identification.

    Event Time Location

    Tuesday 17 September

    Student Card Collection - only for those students who still need a card  11.50  Student Central Counter, John  Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Visa Enrolment - for students who require a study visa


    Library Training Room, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Geography Induction (for all Geography students) 13:00-16:00 G301, Gibbs Building, Headington Campus

    Wednesday 18 September

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

    Thursday 19 September

    Subject Meeting 1 10:00-11:00
    G536, Gibbs Building, 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 11:00-12:00 G536, Gibbs Building, 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 14:00-16:00 You will find out who your Academic Advisor is when you arrive.

    Module Registration Help desk

    (timetable and programme queries)

    Drop-in from 12:00-15:00 JHB404, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Friday 20 September

    Freshers' Fair 10:00-16:00
    John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Module Registration Help desk 

    (only for students who have missed the Thursday deadline) 

    Drop-in from 10:00-17:00  JHB403, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    All Days

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

    Key contacts


    Here is a list of Key Contacts for your course:

    Contact Contact details
    Head of Department Dr Louella Matsunaga
    Programme Lead Dr Louella Matsunaga
    Subject Coordinator Dr Sarah Cant
    Student Support Coordinator Ms Mandy Archer
    Academic Liaison Librarian Ms Charlie Brampton
    Programme Administrator Ms Laura Crofts

    Recommended Reading

    Here are some of the recommended texts for the first year Geography modules. Please note that you are not required to buy 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.

    Module Book details
    Introduction to Human Geography Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. (eds.). (2014). Introducing Human Geographies. 3rd ed. London: Hodder Arnold
    Introduction to Environmental Geography Holden, J. (ed.) (2012). An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment. 3rd ed. Harlow: Pearson
    Concepts in Geography Clifford, N.J., Holloway, S.L., Rice, S.P. and Valentine, G. (2009). Key Concepts in Geography. 2nd ed. London: Sage
    Investigating Geography
    Fieldwork module, no reading list
    Geography of the Oxford Region Fieldwork module, no reading list

    Academic Advisors

    This is a list of all the Academic Advisors for Geography. You should meet your Academic Advisor in their 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.

    Name Room Phone Alternative arrangement
    Dr Sophie Blackburn       
    Dr Sarah Cant G411 48 3853 Thursday 19 September, 13:00-14:00
    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 G122 48 3753  
    Dr Ash Parton G124 48 3785  
    Dr Gareth Preston
    48 3753
    Dr Christopher Satow G121b 48 3715  
    Dr Sam Smith G406a 48 4333  
    Professor Helen Walkington G408 48 3185  
    Dr Joseph Williams G429 48 3727