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David Simm

David Simm

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Personal statement

David is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography in the field of Culture and Environment. He joined the department in September 2001 from St Mary's University in London, where he was a Lecturer in Physical Geography and also the Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator for the institution. He is a former Course Leader for Development Geography and Subject Leader for Geography at Bath Spa University. He studied at Aberystwyth (BSc) and Exeter (PhD).

His doctorate research concerned the study of patterns of flooding and overbank deposition on the floodplains of lowland rivers using sediment traps and radionuclides. His current research interests involve the role and effectiveness of River Trusts in rehabilitating and restoring rivers, and urban river regeneration. David also has an active interest in pedagogic research, in particular the teaching of research methods using problem-based learning and experiential learning on overseas fieldwork and volunteering placements. He is regularly involved in pedagogic conferences and workshops.

At Bath Spa, David teaches on the Environment People and Place, River and Coastal Systems, and Coastal and River Management modules. He has also co-led innovative fieldtrips to Boston, USA, and Barcelona involving group project work, which have led to the publishing of several pedagogic papers. His current pedagogic research looks at experiential learning on (international) fieldwork. He is co-leader of a physical geography fieldtrip to the Lake District. He also contributes to the Applied Geomorphology module for the MSc in Environmental Management at Bath Spa. 

David regularly does workshops during school visits to the Bath Spa campus, offering activities such as stream visits and modelling rivers using a sediment flume.

David is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and gained Chartered Geographer status. He has served as a member of the British Society for Geomorphology's Executive Committee, as Editor of Geophemera, the Chair of the BSG's Education and Outreach Subcommittee, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the HEA journal Planet. More recently David has also been a committee member and Treasurer of the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) of the Royal Geographical Society.

For more information, see the following research profiles :

Academic qualifications

  • PhD - University of Exeter
  • BSc - Aberystwyth University

Professional qualifications

  • Chartered Geographer (Royal Geographical Society)

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow - Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow - Royal Geographical Society
  • Higher Education Research Group - Royal Geographical Society
  • International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education (INLT).

  • PROSPACE CPD Scheme assessor, Bath Spa University (2015-present)
  • Treasurer, Higher Education Research Group (2014-18)
  • External advisor - Subject Health Review in Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of South Wales (2016)
  • External panellist - Course of Validation, Review and Revalidation of Earth and Environment courses, University of South Wales (2015)
  • Course approval review panel - Early Years Initial Teacher Training, Bath Spa University (2014)
  • Editorial Board member - Planet (2012-15)
  • Participant - international collaborative writing retreat, held by International Network for Learning & Teaching in Geography (INLT) at Dorking (2014)
  • Participant - GEES Transitions in HE Special Interest Group, Higher Education Academy (2012)
  • Workshop facilitator - Early Career Lecturers’ Workshop, University of Chester (2011)
  • Member - Executive Committee of British Society for Geomorphology (2004-08)
  • Editor - Geophemera (2005-08)
  • Chair - BSG Education and Outreach Sub-Committee (2004-05)
  • Journal referee - Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, Journal of Further & Higher Education, Higher Education, Planet, Review of International Geographical Education Online (RIGEO)
  • Book Proposal Reviewer - Blackwell, Routledge, Sage
  • Book manuscript reviewer - Sage
  • Convenor and Chair with Alan Marvell – ‘Communities of/for learning: Enhancing student engagement in changing HE environments’. Session at RGS annual conference at Cardiff University (2018)
  • Convenor and Chair with Alan Marvell – ‘The emotional geographies of place: developing effective learning and teaching strategies for fieldwork’. Session at RGS annual conference at Royal Geographical Society, London (2017)
  • Convenor and Chair with Alan Marvell – ‘Wicked problems in Geography: researching and teaching complexity and uncertainty’. Session at RGS annual conference at Royal Geographical Society, London (2016)
  • Convenor and Chair with Alan Marvell – ‘Creating global students: Internationalisation of curricula in Higher Education’. Session at RGS annual conference at University of Exeter (2015)
  • Convenor and Chair with Yvonne Oates – ‘Geographies of co-production: student and staff collaborations with employers and external organisations’. Session at RGS annual conference at Royal Geographical Society, London (2014).
 

Teaching specialisms

Fluvial Geomorphology, river restoration, hydrology, geomorphology, fieldwork, volunteer placements overseas

Undergraduate modules:

  • GEO4000 Environment People and Place*
  • GEO5000 Contested Geographies
  • GEO5003 River and Coastal Systems
  • GE6013 Coastal and River Management *
  • GE6025 Advanced Geographical Fieldwork *
  • GE6001 Geography Dissertation
  • GEO6002 Environmental Change*

Postgraduate courses:

  • EM7506 Applied Geomorphology

* denotes module leader

External examiners

  • External Examiner for Physical Geography, Oxford Brookes University (2015-19).

Current scholarship

  • Experiential learning on (international) fieldwork
  • Co-partnership with students in learning and teaching
  • Problem-based learning
  • Role and effectiveness of River Trusts in river restoration and rehabilitation
  • Urban river regeneration
  • Channel form and sediment dynamics along Corston Brook, Bath

Recent professional updating

  • ‘Engaging students as partners in learning and teaching in HE’, workshop led by Mick Healey and Ruth Healey, Bath Spa University (2018)
  • ‘HEA Assessment Masterclass Series: Interdisciplinarity and Assessment’, workshop led by Sam Elkington (HEA) (2017)
  • ‘Making CPD recognition decisions for SFHEA applications’, Bath Spa University (2016)
  • ‘Making CPD recognition decisions for FHEA applications’, Bath Spa University (2016)
  • Risk assessment training, RoSPA workshop, Bath Spa University (2014)
  • Knowledge Exchange workshop, Bath Spa University (2014)
  • ‘Students as partners in co-creating STEM outputs’, HEA/GEES workshop, Bournemouth University (2014)
  • New and aspiring External Examiners in HE Geography, HEA/GEES workshop, Royal Geographical Society, London (2014)
  • Outdoor first aid training, ITC (2013)
  • ‘Curriculum models and curriculum development in HE’ workshop, Centre for Learning and Teaching Development, Bath Spa University (2013).

Research and academic outputs

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Using focus group research to support teaching and learning
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Winlow, H, Simm, D, Marvell, A and Schaaf, R (2016) 'Using focus group research to support teaching and learning.' In: Haigh, M, Cotton, D and Hall, T, eds. Pedagogic research in geography higher education. Routledge, London, pp. 100-111. ISBN 9781138962088


Bridging the gap between foundation degrees and honours degrees
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Simm, D (2013) 'Bridging the gap between foundation degrees and honours degrees.' In: Tate, S and Hopkins, P, eds. Re-thinking undergraduate students' transitions to, through and out of university: examples of good practice in GEES disciplines. Higher Education Academy, York, pp. 17-18. ISBN 9781907207945


Peer mentoring for semi-independent overseas fieldwork
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Simm, D (2013) 'Peer mentoring for semi-independent overseas fieldwork.' In: Tate, S and Hopkins, P, eds. Re-thinking undergraduate students' transitions to, through and out of university: examples of good practice in GEES disciplines. Higher Education Academy, York, p. 17. ISBN 9781907207945


Supporting independent fieldwork in developing countries
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Simm, D (2008) 'Supporting independent fieldwork in developing countries.' In: Maskall, J and Stokes, A, eds. Designing effective fieldwork for the environmental and natural sciences. GEES Subject Centre learning and teaching guide . Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth. ISBN 9781841022017


Enhancing the supervision of overseas fieldwork using student feedback
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Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Cooper, D (2007) 'Enhancing the supervision of overseas fieldwork using student feedback.' In: Them and us. HEA-GEES, Plymouth, p. 9.


The rates and patterns of overbank deposition on a lowland floodplain
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Simm, D (1995) 'The rates and patterns of overbank deposition on a lowland floodplain.' In: Foster, I, Gurnell, A and Webb, B, eds. Sediment and water quality in river catchments. Wiley, Chichester, pp. 247-264. ISBN 9780471957287


Emotional geographies experienced during international fieldwork: an evaluation of teaching and learning strategies for reflective assessment
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Marvell, A and Simm, D (2018) 'Emotional geographies experienced during international fieldwork: an evaluation of teaching and learning strategies for reflective assessment.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education. ISSN 0309-8265


Creating global students: opportunities, challenges and experiences of internationalizing the Geography curriculum in Higher Education
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Simm, D and Marvell, A (2017) 'Creating global students: opportunities, challenges and experiences of internationalizing the Geography curriculum in Higher Education.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 41 (4). pp. 467-474. ISSN 0309-8265


Unravelling the geographical palimpsest through fieldwork: discovering a sense of place
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Marvell, A and Simm, D (2016) 'Unravelling the geographical palimpsest through fieldwork: discovering a sense of place.' Geography, 101 (3). pp. 125-136. ISSN 0016-7487


Borderland spaces for learning partnership: opportunities, benefits and challenges
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Hill, J, Thomas, G, Diaz, A and Simm, D (2016) 'Borderland spaces for learning partnership: opportunities, benefits and challenges.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 40 (3). pp. 375-393. ISSN 0309-8265


Gaining a “sense of place”: students’ affective experiences of place leading to transformative learning on international fieldwork
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Simm, D and Marvell, A (2015) 'Gaining a “sense of place”: students’ affective experiences of place leading to transformative learning on international fieldwork.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 39 (4). pp. 595-616. ISSN 0309-8265


Students as scholars: evaluating student-led learning and teaching during fieldwork
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Simm, D, Schaaf, R, Marvell, A and Harper, R (2013) 'Students as scholars: evaluating student-led learning and teaching during fieldwork.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37 (4). pp. 547-566. ISSN 0309-8265


Foundation degrees in Geography and Tourism: a critical reflection on student experiences and the implications for undergraduate degree courses
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Winlow, H, Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2012) 'Foundation degrees in Geography and Tourism: a critical reflection on student experiences and the implications for undergraduate degree courses.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36 (4). pp. 563-583. ISSN 0309-8265


Using focus group research to support teaching and learning
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Winlow, H, Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2012) 'Using focus group research to support teaching and learning.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37 (2). pp. 292-303. ISSN 0309-8265


Student experiences of foundation degrees in further and higher education
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Winlow, H, Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2011) 'Student experiences of foundation degrees in further and higher education.' Planet, 24. pp. 2-9. ISSN 1473-1835


Providing specialist support to peers: evaluating a student mentoring scheme for semi-independent overseas fieldwork
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Simm, D and Schaaf, R (2011) 'Providing specialist support to peers: evaluating a student mentoring scheme for semi-independent overseas fieldwork.' Planet, 24. pp. 30-36. ISSN 1473-1835


Boring, boring geomorphology? The need for Higher Education to engage with schools and Further Education
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Simm, D (2008) 'Boring, boring geomorphology? The need for Higher Education to engage with schools and Further Education.' Geophemera, 102. pp. 6-10.


Extended work-related placements in developing countries: supporting remote learning and assessment
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Winlow, H, Simm, D and Haslett, S.K (2007) 'Extended work-related placements in developing countries: supporting remote learning and assessment.' Planet (18). pp. 28-32. ISSN 1758-3608


Experiential learning - assessing process and product
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Simm, D (2005) 'Experiential learning - assessing process and product.' Planet, 15. pp. 16-19. ISSN 1473-1835


Going global? Long-haul fieldwork in undergraduate geography
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Simm, D and McGuinness, M (2005) 'Going global? Long-haul fieldwork in undergraduate geography.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 29 (2). pp. 241-253. ISSN 1466-1845


Crisis resolution of student-led research projects at distant localities
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Simm, D and McGuinness, M (2004) 'Crisis resolution of student-led research projects at distant localities.' Planet (13). pp. 8-11. ISSN 1473-1835


Linking teaching and research through departmental research conferences for student project work
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Simm, D and McGuinness, M (2003) 'Linking teaching and research through departmental research conferences for student project work.' Planet (11). pp. 21-24. ISSN 1473-1835


Effective teaching of research design in physical geography: a case study
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Simm, D and David, C (2002) 'Effective teaching of research design in physical geography: a case study.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 26 (2). pp. 169-180. ISSN 0309-8265


Workshop-based teaching of research design
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Simm, D and David, C (2002) 'Workshop-based teaching of research design.' Planet, 3. pp. 12-14. ISSN 1473-1835


Using the internet as a teaching tool: Three Gorges Dam, China
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Simm, D (2002) 'Using the internet as a teaching tool: Three Gorges Dam, China.' Teaching Geography, 27 (2). pp. 82-86. ISSN 0305-8018


Lateral variability of overbank sedimentation on a Devon flood plain
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Simm, D and Walling, D (1998) 'Lateral variability of overbank sedimentation on a Devon flood plain.' Hydrological Sciences Journal, 43 (5). pp. 715-732. ISSN 0262-6667


The potential application of finite element modelling of flood plain inundation to predict patterns of overbank deposition
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Simm, D, Walling, D, Bates, P and Anderson, M (1997) 'The potential application of finite element modelling of flood plain inundation to predict patterns of overbank deposition.' Hydrological Sciences Journal, 42 (6). pp. 859-875. ISSN 0262-6667


Modelling floodplain flows using a two-dimensional finite element model
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Simm, D, Bates, P, Anderson, M, Baird, L and Walling, D (1992) 'Modelling floodplain flows using a two-dimensional finite element model.' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 17 (6). pp. 575-588. ISSN 1096-9837


Understanding emotional geographies experienced during international fieldwork leading to effective learning and teaching strategies
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Marvell, A and Simm, D (2016) Understanding emotional geographies experienced during international fieldwork leading to effective learning and teaching strategies. In: JGHE: Celebration of Learning and Teaching in HE Geography, 15 December 2016, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK.


Applying pedagogies to wicked problems in geography
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Simm, D and Marvell, A (2016) Applying pedagogies to wicked problems in geography. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 30 August - 2 September 2016, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK.


Making sense of place: unravelling the geographical palimpsest of Barcelona
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Simm, D and Marvell, A (2015) Making sense of place: unravelling the geographical palimpsest of Barcelona. In: Royal Geographical Society, West of England & South Wales Regional Branch talk series, 17 February 2015, University of South Wales, UK.


Developing the research-teaching nexus using a local fieldwork project
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Johnson, R.M, Simm, D, Edwards, E and Skellern, A (2014) Developing the research-teaching nexus using a local fieldwork project. In: RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 26 - 29 August 2014, Kensington Gore, London.


Student-led learning and teaching on international fieldtrips
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Marvell, A, Simm, D and Schaaf, R (2014) Student-led learning and teaching on international fieldtrips. In: Geographical Association Annual Conference, 14 - 16 April 2014, University of Surrey.


Student peer mentoring and new staff
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Simm, D (2011) Student peer mentoring and new staff. In: GEES Early Career Lecturers Workshop, 24 May 2011, Department of Geography and Development Studies, University of Chester.


Student-led learning and engagement with place on international fieldwork
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Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2011) Student-led learning and engagement with place on international fieldwork. In: GEES Subject Centre Conference 2011: Teaching and Learning for GEES Students, 1 July 2011, Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.


Evaluating student-led learning and engagement with place on international fieldwork
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Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2011) Evaluating student-led learning and engagement with place on international fieldwork. In: RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 31 August - 2 September 2011, Kensington Gore, London.


Engaging students: revisiting the use of student writing for subject newsletters
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Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Chaffey, N (2011) Engaging students: revisiting the use of student writing for subject newsletters. In: HEA/GEES Subject Centre Conference, 30 June - 1 July 2011, Birmingham.


Student experiences of foundation degrees in further and higher education
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Winlow, H, Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2010) Student experiences of foundation degrees in further and higher education. In: GEES Subject Centre 10th Anniversary Conference - “GEES Learning and Teaching to 2020”, 9 July 2010, University of Plymouth.


Providing specialist support to peers: evaluating a student mentoring scheme for semi-independent overseas fieldwork
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Simm, D and Schaaf, R (2010) Providing specialist support to peers: evaluating a student mentoring scheme for semi-independent overseas fieldwork. In: GEES Subject Centre 10th Anniversary Conference - “GEES Learning and Teaching to 2020”, 8 July 2010, University of Plymouth.


Using student peer mentoring to promote retention on a foundation degree embedded in the undergraduate degree structure at a HE institution
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Simm, D (2007) Using student peer mentoring to promote retention on a foundation degree embedded in the undergraduate degree structure at a HE institution. In: GEES Subject Centre Residential Conference: Recruitment and retention in the GEES disciplines, 25 - 26 June 2007, Holiday Inn City Centre, Birmingham.


Home and away: integrating research and teaching through local and overseas fieldwork
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Simm, D and McGuinness, M (2006) Home and away: integrating research and teaching through local and overseas fieldwork. In: RGS-IBG Annual Conference, September 2006, London.


The deposition and storage of suspended sediment in contemporary floodplain systems: a case study of the River Culm, Devon
thesis

Simm, D (1993) The deposition and storage of suspended sediment in contemporary floodplain systems: a case study of the River Culm, Devon. PhD thesis, University of Exeter.


Charlton, R. 2008: Fundamentals of fluvial geomorphology [book review]
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Simm, D (2008) Charlton, R. 2008: Fundamentals of fluvial geomorphology [book review]. Progress in Physical Geography, 32 (3). pp. 347-349. ISSN 0309-1333


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