Sarah Murnane

Sarah Murnane (nee Lee, Jesus College, 1995)

Alumni events are not the only opportunity to revisit the School. In July, one of the Royal Geographical Society's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses took place at the department, and alumna Sarah Murnane (nee Lee, Jesus 1995-98) was one of the geography teachers attending.

"On 5th July I was fortunate to be able to return to the School of Geography, or rather visit the new one, as my undergraduate years were spent at the old SoGE on Mansfield Road. The event was a CPD course to refresh teacher knowledge on 'landscape systems' and having left Oxford in 1998 and spent the next 14 years flying helicopters in the RAF, before changing career to become a geography teacher, knowledge refreshers are extremely useful. We were able to ask questions, seek advice and access the presentations afterwards, all of which have led to a greater depth and detail in our teaching of the new A-level specifications. It was also interesting to see the new building and I hope to return on another occasion to see more of it and the opportunities available to undergraduates today.

"The event was also a great opportunity to find out about University expectations of A-level teaching for topics such as coastal systems and desert environments, as well as the latest ideas and research. It was also good to see some of my old tutors from my undergraduate days – Professor Heather Viles and Dr Lorraine Wild – I even managed to say hello to Professor Andrew Goudie afterwards - a trip down memory lane and they haven't changed at all!"

Sarah Murnane (Jesus College, 1995)

Sarah Murnane is Head of Geography at Stowe School.