Professor Helen Walkington BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCE, FRGS, NTF


Helen Walkington is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Social Sciences. She teaches Geography, carries out research into higher education pedagogy and manages a university-wide student experience project called Get Published! She has been a National Teaching Fellow since 2009 and one of the first people in the UK to be made a Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy in 2012. Helen is an experienced presenter of educational workshops and seminars and has given numerous international conference keynote speeches on linking teaching and research and a ‘students as researchers’ pedagogy.  Helen has published widely on pedagogy. She has worked as an advisor to universities, examination boards, The Higher Education Academy and Quality Assurance Agency on aspects of teaching and learning. Helen has established numerous undergraduate research conferences and journals and has been a steering group member of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) since its inception in 2010. She is Co-Chair of the Society for Research in Higher Education’s Academic Practice Network, co-chair of  the International Network for Learning and Teaching (INLT), co-editor of the International desk for the American journal Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, editor of the journal GEOverse and an active editorial board member of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education.



  • Module leader - Environmental Hazard Management (Level 5)
  • Module leader - Conservation and Heritage Management (Level 5)
  • Module leader - Independent study in Geography (Level 6)

Contributor to:

  • The Oxford Region (Level 4)
  • Introduction to Environmental Geography  (Level 4)
  • Geographical Enquiry and Field Research  (Level 5)
  • Geography Research and Practice  (Level 5)
  • Dissertation (Level 6)

Postgraduate and research degrees

  • I have supervised 3 doctoral students to completion and currently supervise a student investigating the energy curriculum in Arctic countries.


I have a variety of research interests which include-

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education:

  • Excellence in mentoring undergraduate research (in collaboration with colleagues at Duke University, Elon University, Bridgewater State University and Roanoke College, USA)
  • Students as researchers pedagogy
  • Undergraduate research dissemination (in collaboration with colleagues at University of the West of England and Plymouth University)
  • Capability theory in the Higher Education curriculum (in collaboration with colleagues at University of East Anglia and Exeter University)

Evidence based environmental management:

  • Marley Fen, Wytham Woods (peat core analysis in collaboration with colleagues at Oxford University)



  • Keynotes:

    Opening Keynote- Society for Research in Higher Education Newer Researchers Conference Knowledge creation - a dialogic approach: the power of networks and networking, mentors and mentoring. 6/12/2016, Celtic Manor, Wales.

    Opening Keynote - Strategies for engaging students in research and dissemination, Leiden University CEL conference and innovation room, The Netherlands 10/11/2016 (delegates from across The Netherlands).

    Opening Keynote - International Perspectives on Research based teaching and learningCarl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany 10/06/2016 (delegates coming from all universities in Germany)

    Opening Keynote ‘Developing Students as Researchers’ National Forum for the enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Ireland. Ulster University Belfast Campus, Northern Ireland 08/05/2015

    Opening Keynote ‘Students as partners in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’ Teaching and Scholarship Forum University of Newcastle  04/03/2015

    Opening Keynote Galway University Learning and Teaching Annual Conference, Galway, Eire 06/06/2014

    Opening Keynote ‘The STEM Student Journey: Students as researchers’ The HEA STEM Annual Conference Edinburgh, Scotland 30/04/2014

    Plenary Keynote ‘Get Published!’  British Conference on Undergraduate Research 2014, University of Nottingham 15/04/2014

    Opening Keynote ‘Learning spaces within and beyond the curriculum’ Oxford Brookes University Learning and Teaching Annual Conference 2014. Oxford 01/04/2014

    Opening Keynote ‘Students as partners in learning: undergraduate student engagement through linking teaching and research’ University of Roehampton 10th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Roehampton.23/04/2013

    Opening keynote ‘Embedding research skills early in the undergraduate curriculum: Strategies for enhancing learning.’ Innovative Energy Teaching Conference, Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers, London. 13/03/2013

    Plenary Keynote ‘Mapping the student journey – disseminating undergraduate research within and beyond the curriculum.’ Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) annual Conference, Queen Hotel, Chester.18/05/2012

    Opening Keynote‘Research-Teaching Links.’ National Conference of the Wales Alliance on the research teaching nexus, Gregynog Hall, Wales.13/09/2012


  • International conferences:

    Kneale, P., Edwards-Jones, A., Walkington, H and Hill, J. 2015. ‘Using the researcher development framework to map student skills gained from transformative undergraduate research conference experiences’. 4th International Seminar on Researching and evaluating PDP and ePortfolio. University of Plymouth 16/04/2015 [paper]

    Solem, M. and Walkington, H. Society for Research in Higher Education Annual International Conference, Cardiff, Wales 2014 [paper]

    Walkington, H. ‘Theoretical frameworks to conceptualise student-teacher relationships in the co-production of geographical knowledge: Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference August 2014 [paper]

    Walkington, H., Hill, J., Diaz, A. Practical and ethical approaches to working with student researchers Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference August 2013 [paper]

    Walkington, H. and Luck, M. 2014. Enhancing the student learning experience through undergraduate research dissemination – a framework for staff and students [Paper] HEA STEM annual conference  Edinburgh, Scotland 29 April 2014

    Hill, J., Walkington, H. Graduate attributes in Higher Education geography, context, nature, supporting pedagogies. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference August 2013 [paper]

    Walkington, H., Hill, J. ‘Students as experts’: developing graduate attributes through research dissemination outside the curriculum. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference August 2013 [paper]

    Invited panelist: Walkington, H. ‘Educating RITA: Research informed teaching and assessment in geography’ Panel session 60 – Developing Graduate attributes (3) sub disciplinary pedagogies. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference August 2013 [panel]

    Workshop leader: panel session 2255 – Writing successfully for learning and teaching journals. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference August 2013 [workshop]

    Hill, J., Walkington, H. Graduate attributes in HE geography, context, nature, supporting pedagogies. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference LA, USA April 2013 [paper]

    Walkington, H.,. Hill, J. Graduate attributes in the co-curriculum. Mapping the impact of undergraduate research dissemination. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference LA, USA April 2013 [paper]

    Invited panelist: panel session 2255 – Writing successfully for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education Association of American Geographers Annual Conference LA, USA April 2013 [panel]

    Hill, J., Walkington, H. 2012. ‘One step closer to the real world’: engaging students in authentic research dissemination beyond the curriculum ISSOTL conference Hamilton, Ontario, Canada [paper] 27/10/12

    Walkington, H. 2012. ‘Gaining recognition as a researcher: A ladder of student participation in disseminating undergraduate research’ CUR pre ISSOTL workshop on undergraduate research [poster] 24/10/12

    Walkington, H., Hill, J. Beyond the curriculum: Engaging students in authentic research settings.RGS Annual International Conference Edinburgh July 2012 [paper]

    Invited panel speaker: ‘Fieldwork - renewing a tradition’ RGS Annual International Conference Edinburgh July 2012

    Walkington, H., Hill, J. 2012. ‘Snakes and a ladder: student participation in the research process’ AAG annual conference [paper]

    Walkington, H.  ‘Embedding Research Skills in the Pre-Honours Undergraduate Geography Curriculum’ (with  Derek France) at the United States Council on Undergraduate Research Pre-ISSOTL Seminar, Liverpool, UK, 19 October 2010.  International perspectives on undergraduate research and inquiry: a scholarly discussion [Poster]

    Walkington, H. 2010 ‘Collaborative learning space: the case of online undergraduate research journals’ Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference 17/4/10 [Paper]

    Boulter, C. J., Buckley, B., Walkington, H. (2001) Model Based Teaching and Learning during Ecologial Inquiry 12 pages Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (Seattle, WA April 10-14 2001) [paper]

    Walkington, H., Boulter, C. J. 2000 ‘Students’ evolving understanding of soils and ecology.’ British Education Research Association (BERA) Conference, Cardiff. [paper]

    Walkington, H., Wilkins, C. 1999 ‘Education for Critical Citizenship: The impact of teachers’ world view on classroom practice.’ European Conference for Educational Research (ECER) 1999 Lahti, Finland. [paper]


2016 - External Examiner for Exeter Univeristy (BSc Geography)

2015 - External reviewer for University of Hull revalidation of Geography programmes

2014 - OCR Reviewer for Oxford and Cambridge and Republic of South Africa Exam board for A and AS Level Geography

2013 - External Reviewer, University of Wales Trinity St David, Swansea, Wales (Validation of the Environmental portfolio)

2013 - QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Geography Review Group

2012-16 - External Examiner, Southampton Solent University. Geography with Environmental Studies and Geography with Marine Studies degrees

2012 - Member of OCR consultative forum (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA examinations,   A Level consultations)

2011-  HEA reviewer for Teaching development grants, Doctoral and International scholarship schemes

2011 - Reviewer for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

2011 - External Reviewer, Coventry University (Geography programmes)

2010 - External Reviewer, Coventry University for periodic review of Geography portfolio

2004-12 - Consultant at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education



2012            Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2009            Nominee - Times Higher Education Award (Supporting students category)

2009            National Teaching Fellow

2007 -Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

2007 Reinvention Centre Fellow (University of Warwick and Oxford Brookes CETL)

2006 University Teaching Fellowship, Oxford Brookes University


Committee membership

2013 –       International liaison committee member of the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) of the Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers

2013 - Trustee - The Frederick Soddy Trust The Trust provides fieldwork grants for students carrying out human geography research.

2012 -Committee member of the Higher Education Network (HEN) of the Geological Society

2012 -Committee member of Institution of Environmental Sciences

2010 -Steering Group member - British Conference on Undergraduate Research (BCUR)

2010 -Co-Chair of INLT (International Network of Learning and Teaching in Geography in Higher Education)

2009 -Committee member – HERG Higher Education Research Group RGS- IBG


Editorial and journal review work

Reviewer for Quaternary International, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Quaternary Science,  Higher Education Research and Development, Teaching and Learning Inquiry, Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly International, Journal of Geography in Higher Education


2010 -          International Editorial Board member: Reinvention a journal of undergraduate research

2008 - Editorial Board: Journal of Geography in Higher Education

2007 - Editorial Board: BeJLT Brookes e-journal of Learning and Teaching

2007-10       Subject Editor: Reinvention a journal of undergraduate research

2006 - Founder and editor: Geoverse The national undergraduate research journal for Geography

2006 - Founder and editor: Geoversity Brookes undergraduate geography research journal

1998–01      Editorial Advisory Board: The Development Education Journal



2014 - ‘The Fen’ episode 5 of The Laboratory with Leaves - shown in the Oxford University Natural History Museum. Available from

2011 - ‘Assessment and feedback,’ ‘supervising undergraduate research’ and ‘Research ethics’ - Video vignettes for Epigeum (an educational consultancy) for staff new to teaching in the US and UK.

1999 - BBC TV programme Rocks and Soils in the series Pod's mission.



  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters


Walkington, H. 2015. Students as researchers: Supporting undergraduate research in the disciplines in Higher Education. York: Higher Education Academy ISBN 978-1-907207-86-0


Walkington, H.  1999. Theory into Practice: Global Citizenship Education.  Sheffield: Geographical Association ISBN 978-1-899085-74-3

Journal articles

Preston, G. W., Atkinson, O. A. C., Thomas, D. S. G., Goudie, A. S., Leng, M. J., Hodson, M. J., Walkington, H., Charpentier, V., Méry, S., Borgi, F., and Parker, A. G. (submitted) A multi-proxy analysis of the Holocene humid phase from the United Arab Emirates and its implications for southeast Arabia's Neolithic populations. Quaternary International

Bearman, N., Dyer, S., Walkington, H., Wyse, S. 2015. The Power of Collective Tactics: Response to Peters and Turner Letter to the Editor. Environment and Planning A 47 (4), 1015-1016.

Walkington, H. 2015. What can you do with a degree in geography? Geography Review

Walkington, H 2014. Quality enhancement of undergraduate research – further strategies to increase student engagement in research dissemination Brookes E-journal of Learning and Teaching, 6 (1) [online]

Bretzke, K., Armitage, S.J., Parker, A. G., Walkington, H., Uerpmann, H. P. 2013. The environmental context of Paleolithic settlement at Jebel Faya, Emirate Sharjah, UAE. Quaternary International, 300: 83-93. ISSN 1040-6182, 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.01.028. (

Spronken-Smith, R. A., Brodeur, J. J., Kajaks, T., Luck, M., Myatt, P., Verburgh, A., Walkington, H., Wuetherick, B. 2013. Completing the research cycle: A framework for promoting dissemination of undergraduate research and inquiry Teaching & Learning Inquiry. The ISSOTL Journal 1 (2) 105-118.

Walkington, H., Edwards-Jones, A., Gresty, K. 2013. Strategies for Widening Students’ Engagement with Undergraduate Research Journals. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly 34 (1), 24-30.

Walkington, H., 2012. Developing dialogic learning space: the case of online undergraduate research journals. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 36 (4), 547-562.

Walkington, H., Griffin, A. L., Keys-Mathews, L., Metoyer, S. K., Miller, W. E.,  Baker, R ., France, D. 2011. Embedding Research-Based Learning Early in the Undergraduate Geography Curriculum. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 35 (3), 1-16.

Preston, G. W., Parker, A. G., Walkington, H., Leng, M. J., Hodson, M. J. 2011. From nomadic herder-gatherers to sedentary farmers: the relationship between climate change and ancient subsistence strategies in South-eastern Arabia. Journal of Arid Environments doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.11.030

Walkington, H.  2010. Soil science applications in archaeological contexts: a review of key challenges. Earth Science Reviews 103, 3-4, p. 122-134.

M.W. Telfer, D.S.G. Thomas, A.G. Parker, H. Walkington, A.A. Finch 2009. Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating and palaeoenvironmental studies of pan (playa) sediment from Witpan, South Africa. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 273: 50-60.

Robertson, S and Walkington, H. 2009. Recycling and waste minimisation behaviours of the transient student population in Oxford: results of an online survey. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 14 (4), 285-296.

Underdown, S.J., Walkington, H., Parker, A.G. and Underdown, J.N. 2008. Preliminary report on Palaeolithic surface sites in the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, UAE.  Bulletin of the Society for Arabian Studies, 13.

Walkington, H. and Jenkins, A. 2008. Embedding undergraduate research publication in the student learning experience: ten suggested strategies, Brookes E-journal of Learning and Teaching, 2 (3) [online] accessed at:

Walkington, H. 2008. Geoverse: piloting a National e-journal of undergraduate research in Geography. PLANET 20, 41-46.

Walkington, H. 2008. Quality enhancement of the student experience through undergraduate research opportunities - the impact of undergraduate research journals. Accessed at

Walkington, H. 2008. Reflecting on the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme Teaching News 2 (2), 7-8.

Walkington, H and Rushton, E. 2008. Undergraduate Research Conference. A first for the department of Anthropology and Geography. Teaching News 2 (2), 11-12.

Parker, A.G., Preston, G., Walkington, H. and Hodson, M.J. 2007. Geoarchaeology of the Arabian Gulf Neolithic:  dynamic human and environment interactions.  Quaternary International, 167-168: 317

Preston, G., Parker, A.G., Walkington, H. and Hodson, M.J. 2007. Understanding the dynamic relationship between the Indian Ocean Monsoon and Westerly climatic systems in Arabia during the Holocence.  Quaternary International, 167-168: 331.

Parker, A.G., Preston, G.W., Walkington, H. and Hodson, M. J. 2006. Developing a framework of Holocene climatic change and landscape archaeology for the lower Gulf region, southeastern Arabia. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 17 (2), 125-30.

Scott-Jackson, J.E. and Walkington, H. 2005. Methodological issues raised by Laser particle size analysis of deposits mapped as Clay-with-flints from the Palaeolithic site of Dickett’s Field, Yarnhams Farm, Hampshire, UK. Journal of Archaeological Science. 32 (7) 969-980.

Winton, V.S. and Walkington, H. 2005. A Handaxe from Upperton, near Watlington, Oxfordshire and its Geological Context. Oxoniensia. LXX 1- 7.

Walkington, H. 2004. Mud, Glorious Mud! Primary Science and Technology Today 24: 17 – 20.

Walkington, H., Renouf, J.T., James, H.C.L. 2001. A raised beach in western Guernsey. Its archaeological and geological significance Geoscience in South West England Proceedings of the Ussher society. 10, 149 - 153.

Walkington, H. and Wilkins, C. 2000. Education for Critical Citizenship: The impact of teachers world view on classroom practice in the teaching of values. The School Field 200 (1) pp. 59 – 78

Walkington, H.  2000. The educational methodology of Paulo Freire: to what extent is it reflected in development education in the UK classroom?  The Development Education Journal 7 (1), 15 – 17.

Walkington, H.  1999. Global Citizenship Education in the Primary School: An example from geography The Development Education Journal 6 (1), 21 – 24.

Book chapters

Hinchliffe, G. and Walkington, H. (2016) “Cultivating the art of judgement in students” In: Michael Tomlinson (Ed.) Graduate employability in context: theory, research and debate. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Walkington, H. (2016) Geography in Higher Education. Wiley International Encyclopaedia of Geography


Hill, J. and Walkington, H. (2016) ‘Effective Research Communication’, in: Clifford, N. J., Cope, M., Gillespie, T. and French, S.Key methods in Geography Third edition SAGE

Walkington, H.  2014. ‘Geoverse – An undergraduate research journal:  Its impacts on the linking of teaching and research in geoscience’ In Tong, V. (Ed) Geoscience Research and Education: Teaching at Universities. Springer: London.

Munro, R. N., Walkington, H., Franks, S., Wilkinson, T. J., Sanderson, D. C. W. 2012. 'Aspects of late Cainozoic aeolian landscapes in Arabia: implications or early man'. In: Abdulrahman al-Ansary, Khaleel I. Al-Muaikel, Abdullah M. Alsharekh, Mohammad Swaneh. (Eds.) Man and Environments in the Arab World in Light of Archaeological Discoveries. p 7-46. Proceedings of 2nd Adumatu Forum, Sakaka, Jawf, Saudi Arabia, 4-6 May 2010. Sakaka: Abdul Rahman Al-Sudairy Foundation.

Dellinger, M. A., Walkington, H. 2012. ‘The Curriculum and Beyond’ [chapter] in: Hart, A. (Ed.) How to start an undergraduate research journal. Council on Undergraduate Research: Washington, USA.

Renouf, J, Walkington, H. and James, L. 2011. ‘Geological aspects of the Royal Hotel site’ p236-244 In: Sebire, H. ‘Excavations at the Royal Hotel site, St Peter Port, Guearnsey’ p.190-257 La Société Guernesiaise Report and Transactions 2011 Vol 27 no 1 pp263 ISBN 0144-1973

Geddes, I. and Walkington, H. 2005. The Geological History of the Marlborough Downs. In, G. Brown, D. Field and D. McOmish (Eds.) The Avebury Landscape Aspects of the field archaeology of the Marlborough Downs Oxford: Oxbow Books  

Walkington, H.  and Machon, P.  2000. Citizenship: The role of Geography? in, Kent, A (ed.) Reflective Practice in Teaching Geography London:  Sage

Walkington, H. 2000. Values education and Citizenship education through geography, in R. Bailey (Ed.) Teaching Values and Citizenship in Schools:  New directions for the modern world  London: Kogan Page.

Gayford, C. G.  & Walkington, H.  1997.  Environmental Education in Primary Schools in England,  in Tanaka,  M. & Ando, A. (Eds.) Making an Environmental Education  Tokyo: Otsuki Shoten, 150 -163.