St Anne's Geology Society

St Anne's Geology Society (STAGS)

Every year, we organise events including the ever-popular Freshers’ Welcome Drinks in Michaelmas; and the Mapping Dinner in Hilary, where students present their undergraduate mapping projects and other activities, to encourage and advise the first and second years as they prepare for their projects.

We are a friendly group of rock-enthusiasts, affectionately known as STAGS – we even have antlers!

Our personal tutors are Donald Porcelli – an Isotope Geochemist; and David Pyle – a Volcanologist.  

Chantelle Roelofse - STAGS President 2013/14

My role is to organise the annual events by liaising with the tutors and managers in the college. I am in my third year and am particularly interested in the geophysical side of Earth Sciences.

I am also an international student - from South Africa - and I enjoy travelling. For my summer mapping project in 2013, I went to South Greenland and was Treasurer for this expedition. I am also Secretary of the Oxford University Exploration Club.

Earth Sciences Course

The Earth Sciences course consists of a wide range of topics in the Earth Sciences, incorporating aspects of biology, physics, chemistry and a lot of maths into understanding the Solid Earth, Oceans, Atmosphere and even other Planets and Space! Course outline can be found here on the University of Oxford Earth Sciences website and more on Earth Sciences at St Anne’s.

First Year gives a general overview of some of the divisions of Earth Sciences, and brings all students up to the same level. A trip at the start of the year to Pembrokeshire in Wales introduces the students to geology in the field and is a great way to start bonding with the small year – around 36 people! During the Easter vacation, another field trip takes place, to the Isle of Arran, introducing field techniques; this is followed by a few day trips in Trinity term.

Second Year becomes more applied, still with a wide range of topics. Field trips are to Dorset (before the start of 1st term) and Assynt (during Easter vacation).

At the end of your second year, in the summer vacation you undertake a mapping project in pairs. This counts towards your degree and is an exciting experience to collect your own data and put into practice what you have learned. Popular destinations include Scotland and the Spanish Pyrenees, but there is a world of geology to investigate! See below for links to past mapping projects by St Anne’s students.

During your Third Year, you specialise and pick 6 subjects, going into more depth on what interests you! You also go to South Spain in the Easter vacation!

Finally, in your Fourth year, you do your Masters Project over the course of the year, as well as attending seminars in 4 courses of your choice.

Over the duration of the course, you have tutorials with (Personal) Tutors and PHD/Post-Docs, generally in groups of 2-4, to focus on particular topic areas. These are very useful to develop your understanding of the material, ask lots of questions you may not have time to ask in lectures, as well as getting feedback!

Oxford University Geological Society

As well as work, you can also become a member of the OUGS with social events including Christmas and Summer Dinners, Geovarsity (football match) and arranged speakers and field trips.

Past mapping projects:

Ruth Amey - French Alps 2012

Bhavik Lodhia - Svalbard 2012

Alana Pain - Spanish Pyrenees 2013

Chantelle Roelofse - Greenland 2013