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Barriers to fieldwork in undergraduate geoscience degrees


Fieldwork is an integral part of geoscience subjects, but changing career pathways and student demographics have major implications for the future of compulsory fieldwork. The ways in which fieldwork is taught and the learning outcomes it fulfils urgently need updating.

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S.G., C.J. and N.S. are members of The Inclusion Group for Equity in Research in STEMM (

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Giles, S., Jackson, C. & Stephen, N. Barriers to fieldwork in undergraduate geoscience degrees. Nat Rev Earth Environ 1, 77–78 (2020).

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