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Dr Sam Hughes


My role at CSM as deputy Director of Education and associate lecturer (education and scholarship) include teaching and supervision on a variety of our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes including Geology, Mining Engineering, and Surveying.  My main subject areas are within geology and land surveying.  I also provide project supervision for those with a Southwest England theme, and I am an academic tutor for undergraduate geology students.

Deputy Director of Education

As deputy Director of Education for CSM, my role is to oversee our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, and to ensure an excellent standard of education and student experience.  This role includes allowing the student voice to be heard from within CSM and feeding this information up to the Student Union and Education Executive.  It also involves reviewing and coordinating taught fieldwork programmes to ensure they run effectively.


I teach all undergraduate surveying courses at CSM, including the 1st Year Surveying and CAD module (CSM1028; module leader), the Summer Survey course and the Underground Survey course (CSM2180 + CSM2184).  I also teach Land Surveying (CSMM134; module leader) on the MSc Surveying and Land / Environmental Management (SLEM) programme.

All of my modules provide detailed learning resources including eLectures, and have a large practical component allowing students to fully engage with a variety of surveying equipment and skills.  I also organise an external setting out course for students and provide surveying short courses for other programmes in the University.

Geological Fieldwork

I contribute to more than 60% of the undergraduate geology fieldwork programme at CSM.  This is primarily part of the following modules:

  • CSM1036 Field Geology and Geological Maps
  • CSM2182 Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • CSM2184 Geological Mapping Techniques (module leader)
  • CSM2312 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Fieldwork within these modules include:

  • One day fieldclasses around Cornwall during the 1st and 2nd Year
  • Residential fieldclasses to Pembrokeshire and the Isle of Skye
  • Historically, I have also been on the 2nd Year Devon and Dorset (CSM2183) and 3rd Year Cyprus residential fieldclasses (CSM3048), and helped on the 3rd Year geophysics course (CSM3151).

My main contributions are leading trips in Southwest England with a granite, mineralisation / mining or structural geology theme.  I also provide support during field-based training in data collection and geological mapping.  I am a qualified outdoor first aider and have a D1 (minibus) driving licence classification.

Project work

I supervise student projects, particularly at undergraduate level (CSM3379 Summer Vacation Project).