On 29 September, a group of Oxford Geographers came together to celebrate 50 years since they matriculated and joined the School of Geography.

The group began their day with a trip down memory lane, having tea and coffee in the hall of 3 Mansfield Road, which was home to the School of Geography back in their day.

At the new School on South Parks Road they got some insights into geography teaching and research today: Professor Patricia Daley updated them about the current undergraduate course, Dr Martin Coombes welcomed the group into the Rock Breakdown Laboratory and during a dry spell DPhil candidate Achut Manandhar got the chance to demonstrate the smart water pump in front of the building.

Development Officer Ian Curtis's whistle stop presentation of 'the wider SoGE today' got everybody hungry for lunch at Mansfield College. As a special guest Emeritus Professor Andrew Goudie joined the group and caused great hilarity with his after-dinner speech, reminiscing life at the School in the late 1960s, when he himself arrived as a young academic from Cambridge.

Back at 3 Mansfield Road, the day ended with more sharing of memories and creating new ones, of a pleasant 50 years Reunion.

A big thanks to alumnus Theo Steel (1967, Pembroke), who organised this event.


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