Sarah Thomson
PhD student


I have come from a background of education, lecturing Geography in the FE sector as well as being Module leader for a range of Third World based modules on a FdA in Community Youth and Development; all based at Truro College.  I wrote a FdSc in Applied Geography also based at Truro College in conjunction with the University of Plymouth.  This was then used as an example of good practice for other foundation degrees at Truro College.

For the last six years (as at 2009) I was marking for Edexcel in terms of the synoptic Geography A2 paper as well as coursework for the International Baccalaureate.  This has lead on to a keen interest in forms of assessment and how this is executed by individuals.

The BA in Garden Design has enabled me to create my own geographies and develop ideas practically in my own garden.  Although not having time for design work I still keep up to date with current trends and gossip.  I had the fantastic opportunity to be part of the Burncoose Nursery’s Gold Medal winning team at Chelsea 2006 having designed their stand in conjunction with three other students.  Being there building the stand and hobnobbing with designers and others on celebrity Monday was one of the most memorable things of my life, and it accumulating in my own Chelsea Gold Medal- fantastic stuff. 

Home life is important – we have a couple of acres of Soil Association organically certified land including hops, which get added to my husband’s beer during brewing in the garage – ‘Atlantic Brewery’ – again fully certified organic! I/we have two beautiful daughters who take up the rest of our time, oh and numerable chickens, a cat, a dog and a couple of angora rabbits.

Having travelled a lot I now resign myself to close destinations over guilt when getting on a plane and the carbon emissions it entails.

Broad research interests:

Obviously design of schools is currently the major part of my research at the moment.  I have had a GEES research project in the past, examining continuity and progression between the A levels and Degrees of the GEES subjects.  This cumulated in my giving a paper at the 2002 RGS (with IBG) conference at Belfast and becoming a Fellow of the RGS (with IBG).

Other interests include Third World studies and development, with a specialism of Morocco and the High Atlas mountain region.


BSc (Hons) Geography and Geology,
MSc Oceanography,
PGCE Secondary Geography,
MEd Geographical Education,
BA Garden Design: Arts and the Environment

Contact details

Tel+44 (0)1326 253707

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