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David Simm – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

David is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography. He studied at Aberystwyth (BSc) and Exeter (PhD). He joined the department 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 has also served as the External Examiner for physical geography at Oxford Brookes University. David is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow and Chartered Geographer of the Royal Geographical Society. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education.  

 

David was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (Advance HE) in 2020 in recognition for his innovative teaching of geographical research methods and peer-led teaching and learning on international fieldwork.

His research interests lie in fluvial geomorphology, in particular lowland river flooding, river restoration and river management.  He is actively involved in pedagogic research, with a focus on problem-based learning and experiential learning on (international) fieldwork.

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.

Awards

  • National Teaching Fellow (NTF) – Advance HE (2020)

Research and academic outputs

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Fieldwork (in tourism)
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Marvell, A and Simm, D (2022) 'Fieldwork (in tourism).' In: Buhalis, D, ed. Encyclopedia of tourism management and marketing. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. ISBN 9781800377479


Integrating assessment effectively into international fieldwork: a case study using student-led teaching and learning
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Marvell, A and Simm, D (2022) 'Integrating assessment effectively into international fieldwork: a case study using student-led teaching and learning.' In: Bourke, T, Mills, R and Lane, R, eds. Assessment in geographical education: an international perspective. Springer, Cham, pp. 101-155. ISBN 9783030951382


Encountering emotions during international fieldwork: using innovative pedagogies to develop emotional intelligence and resilience
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Marvell, A and Simm, D (2021) 'Encountering emotions during international fieldwork: using innovative pedagogies to develop emotional intelligence and resilience.' In: Wessell, J.E, ed. Experiential learning in geography: experience, evaluation, and encounters. Springer, Cham, pp. 57-75. ISBN 9783030820862


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


Teaching “wicked” problems in geography
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Simm, D, Marvell, A and Mellor, A (2021) 'Teaching “wicked” problems in geography.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 45 (4). pp. 479-490. ISSN 0309-8265


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, 42 (4). pp. 515-530. 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


The emotional geographies of place: developing innovative learning and teaching strategies for international fieldwork
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Marvell, A and Simm, D (2021) The emotional geographies of place: developing innovative learning and teaching strategies for international fieldwork. In: Danish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education Special Interest Group on Laboratory and Fieldwork - Competence Development from Lab Work and Fieldwork, 8 March 2021, University of Copenhagen, Denmark [online].


Encountering emotions during international fieldwork: developing emotional intelligence and resilience to support innovative pedagogies
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Simm, D and Marvell, A (2019) Encountering emotions during international fieldwork: developing emotional intelligence and resilience to support innovative pedagogies. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 28 - 30 August 2019, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK.


Emotional geographies of fieldwork: developing learning and teaching strategies.
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Marvell, A and Simm, D (2019) Emotional geographies of fieldwork: developing learning and teaching strategies. In: Geographical Association Annual Conference, 11 April 2019, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.


Communities of/for learning: enhancing student engagement in changing HE environments
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Simm, D and Marvell, A (2018) Communities of/for learning: enhancing student engagement in changing HE environments. In: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2018, 28 - 31 August 2018, Cardiff University, UK.


The emotional geographies of place: developing effective learning and teaching strategies for international fieldwork
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Simm, D and Marvell, A (2017) The emotional geographies of place: developing effective learning and teaching strategies for international fieldwork. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 29 August - 1 September 2017, London.


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 International 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 International Conference, 31 August - 2 September 2011, Kensington Gore, London, UK.


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 International Conference, September 2006, London.


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


Encountering emotions during international fieldwork: resources to support geographical teaching and learning in higher education [online]
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Simm, D and Marvell, A (2019) Encountering emotions during international fieldwork: resources to support geographical teaching and learning in higher education [online]. Royal Geographical Society.


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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