About this group
Duration of QRA Support: 2021- Present
Organisers: Paul Fish (Lead), Becky Briant, Tom Berry, Julian Murton, Jonathan Lee, Dave Evans, Dave Giles and others.
This research group is intended to foster greater collaboration between industry, academia and government organisations Industry has access to a wealth of practical experience on the engineering properties of Quaternary sediments, knowledge of outcrops available for study, access to ground investigation data and core material and can provide benefit-in-kind support to research funding applications. Industry can also provide a link between client organisations and universities to develop funded PhD studentships under the ESPRC Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE) programme.
The engineering industry and related government organisations are also a significant employer for students with Quaternary geology expertise, fulfilling roles as engineering geologists, geomorphologists and geoarchaeologists. There are therefore equitable benefits to all parties from collaboration. Workshops and conferences will define how links can be fostered effectively and showcase examples of Quaternary engineering geology practice and state-of-the-art research.
The Association operates a number of grant schemes to support research activities by members, especially new researchers and postgraduate students. It also recognises outstanding contributions to Quaternary studies through a series of prizes.