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Hazel McGoff

  • School Director of Academic Tutoring
  • School Academic Disability Representative

Areas of interest

I am a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE (SFHEA)

I was also awarded the Reading University Student Union award for Teaching Excellence in our School in 2022.

My main interests are in teaching Geology and Environmental Science and I try to incorporate as much practical work in my modules as possible. Most people 'learn by doing' so for example including simple models with mixtures of clay, sand and water to demonstrate Earth processes such as pyroclastic flows are a memorable and a fun way for students to learn. 

I enjoy supervising final year dissertations and developing projects with individual students. In recent years these have ranged from determining the carbon footprints of pet dogs, analysis of pollution from microfibres, modelling tsunami impacts and searching for micrometeorites on campus.

I also look after our extensive collections of minerals, rocks and fossils and with help from dedicated volunteers we are curating and cataloguing the specimens, adding them to the University Axiell System so details are readily available online.

I enjoy running outreach sessions for a wide range of groups including sixth formers, school teachers and the Reading Geological Society.

I have been the School Director for Academic Tutoring (SDAT) and Academic Disability Representative since 2018 and work very closely with colleagues in our Student Support Centre to help students who find themselves with circumstances that are impacting their studies or who have additional needs. 

Research centres and groups

Environmental Science Research Division


My first degree was a BSc in Geology from Edinburgh University and my PhD was in hydrodynamics and taphonomy (fossil preservation) from Bristol University. I also worked in the Earth Sciences Department in Liverpool University for three years mostly teaching sedimentology, palaeontology and fieldwork.

I have been a member of staff in the University of Reading for many years and at different times have been Admissions Tutor, Programme Director, Examinations Officer and Senior Tutor and so have wide ranging experience of University teaching policies and procedures.


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