University Expeditions Committee - How We Can Help

In order to support independent student expeditioning activity, the University has established an Expeditions Committee (PDF: 57.1KB). The Committee is responsible for ensuring that independent expeditions feature several (but not necessarily all) of the following characteristics:

  • valuable experiences for Newcastle students and their counterparts from the host country
  • least possible exposure to predictable risks
  • promotion of the University's name both at home and abroad
  • lasting positive impacts for the locality and/or the host country

The Committee's major activity is assessing proposals.

You will certainly need advice and help with your expedition planning, so please make contact as early as you like with your Faculty representative on the Expeditions Committee:

  • Dr Emma Pearson (Committee Chair), School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr Rachel Carr, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr Richard Bevan, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering
  • Dr Peter Middleton, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Dr Georgia Giannopoulou, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape (Harry Collinson Travel Scholarships)

These people are available year round and may, for instance, be able to help you shape your initial ideas, help you to find more expert advice, or put you in touch with other students looking for a similar opportunity.

Most of the money available for award to expeditions comes from interest raised on the Student Exploration Appeal Fund. You must not approach any of the donors to this Fund for your expedition funds. Other funds are contributed from the Henderson Fund replacing previous funding from the Vice-Chancellor. Please do not approach his office directly for funds.

More information about funding...