Cassidy, NJ and Pringle, JK (2010) What do students do? Training, research and learning: developing skills for the next generation of near-surface geophysicists. Near Surface Geophysics, 8 (6). 445 -450. ISSN 1569-4445

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In the past decade, degree programmes throughout Europe have changed dramatically and near-surface geophysics is now commonly taught as a minor component of other undergraduate geoscience and related degree programmes. As a consequence, there has been a distinct change in the nature, scope and content of geophysical degrees and the skills set that graduates obtain throughout their studies. As an introduction to the Special Issue on Student-based Research, this commentary article discusses the expectations of employers, the competencies and skills of our undergraduate and postgraduate students and how these have changed over time. We highlight skill gaps and suggest ways in which the near-surface geophysical community can address these needs in a pragmatic and cost efficient manner. We hope to illustrate that a greater collaboration between industry and academia is the way forward and that innovative, cross-sector approaches to student learning and research are the solution to at least some of our problems.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: geophysics, geoscience, teaching
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 10:01
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 10:37

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