Interdisciplinary fieldcourse in the Indian Himalayas

In October 2013, twenty third year students from Geography and Biosciences participated in the College's third interdisciplinary field course to Sikkim in the Indian Himalayas.

The field course run by Professor Heaven Crawley, Professor Paul Brain, Dr Natascha Kljun and Dr Geoff Proffitt provides a unique opportunity for students to explore the relationship between the physical and social environments during a two week stay near the capital city of Gangtok.

SikkimDuring this year's field course students undertook individual and group project work on a range of topics around key themes in Sikkim's development including ecotourism, agriculture, hydroelectric power, urbanisation, migration and natural hazards, and were provided with opportunities to work with Sikkim University and a range of government ministries and departments as well as ecologists, monks, refugee groups and local people.

As a result of this year's field course students in the College have established a University Tibetan Society and are currently fundraising for an annual Tibetan Youth Exchange Programme (TibetXChange) being developed in collaboration with the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and due to commence in March 2014.