The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology



The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology has modern laboratories, field equipment stores and workshops spread over four buildings. There is a range of facilities and specialist equipment for use in both teaching and research.

Our geomorphology and sediment, chemistry and biology laboratories are used for a combination of teaching and research. Our research specific laboratories comprise organic geochemistry and palaeoecology, a spatial analysis lab, and cosmogenic isotope lab.

All laboratories are equipped for computer network access and have either been recently built or refurbished. We also have two walk-in cold rooms for sample storage, an outside store and workshop, and a Land Rover.

Field equipment

Field equipment includes a range of technologies for:

  • topographic survey (levels, hand-held GPS, robotic and manual total stations, laser range-finders and Leica-differential GPS)
  • soil and sediment sampling (corers and augers for inorganic and organic sediment, gravity and piston corers for use in lakes)
  • biological and chemical analysis (aquatic kick nets, YSI water column chemistry sonde, portable HACH-Lange spectrophotometers, ultra-meters),
  • hydrological analysis (including stage recorders, rugged digital cameras and multi-parameter probes)

We also three inflatable boats with outboard motors.

Links with facilities in other schools

In addition to the above facilities, we have strong links with Civil Engineering and Geosciences where we have additional access to a wide range of both standard and specialised field and analytical equipment.

This includes:

  • rock crushing equipment
  • total organic carbon (TOC) analysers
  • gas chromatography (GC)
  • gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GCMS)
  • high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LCMS)