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Geography & Gen Z: Inspiring young people to study geography

How can teachers make geography both inspiring and relevant to Gen Z students, encouraging them to take their studies further post-16? Undergraduates Eleanor Luxton, Habiba Khan, and Emily Suter offer some pointers


We are geography students at Oxford University and this article focuses on how our secondary school teachers encouraged our enjoyment of geography.

We should introduce ourselves – our names are Eleanor, Emily and Habiba and we joined the committee of the Oxford University Geography Society last year.

After discussing our experiences of getting to Oxford from state school backgrounds, we wanted to outline some of the things that helped us to thrive in the classroom and aspire to university.

We want to break-down stereotypes about geography and encourage more young people from low-income, diverse and state school backgrounds to read geography at elite institutions like Oxford.

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