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Student Representation on Committees

The Geographical Society (GeogSoc)


The Geographical Society (GeogSoc) is run by a committee of students from the Department and is responsible for arranging academic and social events during the year. The current president is David Figueira BourtonView David Figueira Bourton’s profile, but the roles and responsibilities in GeogSoc have recently expanded.

GEOGSOC 2020-21


President: David Figueira Bourton

General Secretary: Maria Gorovater

Treasurer: Austin Harfield

Social Secretary: Alan Jones

Welfare & Development Officer: Greta Feddersen

Diversity & Outreach Officer: Angela Ji

Events Officer: Arnold Yeung

Media & Marketing Secretary: Alex Dell I Niella

First Year Representatives: Helena Zhao & Tamzin Tremain


Student-Staff Consultative Committees (SSCC)

SSCC are fora for discussions between staff and student academic representatives. They are a great chance to work closely with staff to improve students’ learning experience, and a big part of how together we make education better at UCL.


Undergraduate Reps

The undergraduate SSCC is co-chaired by Year 4 student Finbar Aherne and Year 3 student Yoyo Po, and the full list of undergraduate SSCC representatives from all years is listed below:

  • 1st year: Sukhi Sandhu (BA), Trisha Guevarra (BSc), Yifan Shen (QS), Bingzhi Zhao (Econ)
  • 2nd year: Natasha Yakusheva (BA), Wendy Leung (BSc), Nathan Yang (QS), Josiah Tan (Econ), Greta Feddersen (BA International)
  • Final year: Rishi Shah (BA), Hera Chung (BSc), Sophia Saeed (QS), Elizabeth Lees (BA International)


MSc Reps

The lead rep for physical geography MSc programmes is Jojo Liu, while for human geography programmes ir is Prashansa Atreay. Each programme also has its own reps:


  • Rabia Khan (MSc Climate Change)
  • Prashansa Atreay (MSc Urban Studies)
  • Emma Laws & Ben Ryder (MSc Environment, Politics and Society)
  • Annisa Sekaringrat (MSc Global Migration)
  • Miguel Dias & Claudia Watson (MSc Conservation)
  • tbc (MSc Remote Sensing and Environmental Mapping)
  • Margaux Leblanc (MSc Social and Geographic Data Science)
  • Jojo Liu & Theodore Keeping (MSc Environmental Modelling)
  • Caroline Clavien (MSc Aquatic Conservation, Ecology and Restoration)

    PhD Reps

    The PhD SSCC is co-chaired by Joanna Tindall (Physical Geography) and Martina Fisk (Human Geography)


    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee

    The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee was established to ensure best practice across the department, for the benefit of all staff and students regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion and belief. The committee grew out of the Athena SWAN Working Group which steered the department towards its Bronze Award in 2016 and Silver Award in 2022, and several students across our UG, PGT and PGR programmes are represented - see below.

  • Professor Anson Mackay and Dr Helene Burningham (co-Chairs)
  • Claire Betts (Professional Services)
  • Professor Jason Dittmer (HoD)
  • Dr Eileen Cheng (Technical)
  • Declan Cumberlidge-Myford (Professional Services)
  • Martina Fisk (PGR student rep)
  • Dr Seth Gustafson (Academic)
  • Dr Amy Horton (Academic)
  • Prof Tariq Jazeel (Academic)
  • Professor Viv Jones (Academic)
  • Jojo Liu (PGT student rep)
  • Sana Miraj (UG student rep)
  • Miles Ryan-Cummings (UG student rep)
  • Abazz Shayaam-Smith (UG student rep)
  • Sahara Sultana (Professional Services)
  • Dr Tatiana Thieme (Academic)
  • Dr Simon Turner (PDRF rep)
  • Lily Unger (PGR student rep)
  • Dr Tom Western (Academic)
  • Dr Qingling Wu (PDRF and TF rep)
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