Geographer to receive national award for promoting diversity in teaching

The efforts of Dr Margaret Byron (pictured) from the Department of Geography to bring the subjects of race and diversity into geography education have been recognised by a prestigious professional body.

Dr Byron is this year’s recipient of the Taylor & Francis Award from the Royal Geographical Society, awarded for excellence in the promotion and practice of diversity in the teaching of Human Geography.

These are part of a series of awards that recognise extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, photography and public engagement.

Dr Byron said: “I am delighted to receive this award but I would stress that I receive it, not for myself, but on behalf of all those in Human Geography in Britain who have and continue to work very hard to achieve a discipline that is genuinely inclusive and particularly all those who supported the move to establish the RACE working group."

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of our University said: “I am delighted that the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers has conferred the Taylor & Francis Award for excellence in in the promotion and practice of diversity in the teaching of human geography to Margaret. I wish to congratulate her personally for all of her hard work, dedication and commitment in addressing diversity in her teaching role.”

This year, the Society’s medals and awards recognise twenty-one different people for their outstanding contributions to geography. The awards will be presented on Monday 6 June 2016 as part of the Society’s Annual General Meeting in London. Photos of the winners will be available on the day from the RGSIBG press office.