About Us

 

About Us

About Us

History of the Department

The University established a Geology Department in July 1961 in an old wooden hut, formerly belonging to the Chemical Technology Department, with an intake of 26 students. Of the two main rooms in the building, one housed an alcohol still, powered by a very ancient, oil burning boiler, whilst the other provided accommodation for our students. As time went on, the alcohol gave way to a space for rock collections and private study. Although this change was viewed with rather mixed feelings by staff and students alike, it gave us a chance to spread ourselves, and the staff were able to build their own staff rooms, using old laboratory cupboards piled one on top of another, for walls. During the rainy seasons our students grouped themselves, often under raincoats, in the drier parts of the laboratory, while water flowed freely through the remainder of the room. The first Geology class graduated in 1964.