Future Scholars Lecture & Seminar – Stephen Dixon, Cundall

18th May 2016

Future Scholars Lecture & Seminar – Stephen Dixon, Cundall

Our Future Scholars lecture and seminar this week has focused on Geology: From Hobby to Employment, run by Stephen Dixon a Geotechnical Engineer working at Cundall (www.cundall.com ). Stephen ran a fascinating lecture on the topic as part of our Thursday afternoon series and followed this up with seminar sessions based on natural disasters and the role of geology in causing and exacerbating these. The Teton Dam and Vaiont landslide provided ideal case studies for students to gain an insight into the practical application of geology to real projects and problems faced in recent years. Scholars were given the chance to build on the knowledge gained from Stephen’s lecture, applying their independent research skills to find out about the key issue: why did these disasters occur? Stephen was a fascinating lecturer and excellent seminar leader, demonstrating the thought process behind the geology and understanding the ‘story behind the rocks’. His passion for geology was infectious and one student commented that before he met Stephen, ‘I thought Geology was dull but now Stephen has shown me what a massive impact it can have on real people and real problems.’ We are hugely grateful to Cundall and in particular, Stephen for giving up so much of his time to provide a fascinating session for our scholars. Stephen was able to volunteer his time through the Cundall 40,000 hours at 40 initiative, in honour of Cundall’s 40th birthday celebrations. The pledge includes events and activities that are planned in Cundall’s offices across the world, to ensure that the company is giving something back to the people, organisations and communities around them. Our scholars at Dyke House are very fortunate to have been able to benefit from the scheme and from Stephen’s extensive knowledge and passion for his subject. We hope to welcome him back to Dyke House in the future!

Future Scholars includes a weekly lecture and seminar programme, allowing students to explore supra curricular material and expand their high level study skills. The programme currently includes students from years 7-10 and we look forward to expanding this next academic year.