Academic Support

The Academic Fund

One of the Library’s main objectives is to provide a hub for academic studies on the geology of the UK, promoting research through the provision of seismic data and supplemental resources at zero or minimal cost.

Beneath Britain is a joint initiative between UKOGL and the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford, led by Malcolm Butler and Joe Cartwright. Its aim is to broaden the use of UKOGL’s database in academic research and teaching, and particularly to encourage new research on any aspect of the subsurface geology of Britain.

All license fees are waived where possible for academic institutions in a member state of the European Union, or a member of staff or student of such an institution. The Library is able to further extend its support through its ‘Academic Fund’ which is utilised to cover output costs, allowing for the provision of free data to academics in most cases. However, to ensure that this fund is distributed equitably, data requests may incur some direct output fees.

For further details regarding academic requests and information please contact a member of the UKOGL team direct or details on how to request data via the Beneath Britain academic hub can be found here.

To support an academic request, a completed project proposal form (downloaded from the Beneath Britain website)  along with a list of seismic lines created via the  ‘selection button’ on the UKOGL web map should be emailed to the Management Committee of Beneath Britain for assessment. Beneath Britain wil then contact you regarding approval or to request more information following your application.

Full details on how to request data under an Academic licence can be found on the Beneath Britain website.

The Schools Project

Developed in conjunction with the University of Derby and funded by the UK Onshore Geophysical Library, the Schools Project provides informative resource materials for the teaching of the principles of seismic interpretation and sub-surface mapping to A-Level students and first-year undergraduates.

The Sub-Surf Rocks website has been developed to best deliver this project and features videos, detailed case studies, downloadable worksheets and seismic sections to help students learn and practice seismic interpretation.

As an supplement to this project, the University of Derby have now developed a new educational and teaching resource ‘Maps and Map Interpretation – An Introduction For Geoscientists’. This is available either as a PowerPoint presentation or as a PDF document with embedded ‘Presenter’ comments.

William ‘Strata’ Smith 

The Strata Smith website for this free-to-all educational resource celebrating the life and achievements of William Smith, has been funded by the UK Onshore Geophysical Library.

Further details can be found under the William Smith tab.