Open University Geological Society (London Branch)


Welcome to LOUGS! Feel free to browse around, find out who we are, or even register for Geological Events.

Can you run a website?

The Branch website - www.lougs.org.uk - needs a new webmaster.

The site is fairly simple, and requires only an hour or so every month - except in November when updating the new Events Calendar requires a bit more time. The new webmaster will be free to migrate the site to whichever format they are comfortable with using. Support will be given, but full training is not really viable so we are looking for someone with some basic webskills.

If you or someone you know are interested, please contact Gavin for more information.

International Students

The Open University have recently launched a new website for international students, hopefully making it as easy as possible for overseas students to find all of the information they need about OU courses, including the BSc (Hons) Environmental Studies and BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences. This can be found at the following web address:

Building Stone in England

The BGS have recently completed the first phase of a project with English Heritage to find Building Stone in England. [Apologies to those in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Europe!] The background to the survey may be seen here.

You can download some guides to the stones used in your area, together with the free data files here. There is a webGIS using this data here, where you can see the coverage to date.

The data and information has mostly been provided by local consultants, employed by English Heritage, who are familiar with the area. If, however, you spot something you want to amend or add, please let them know, addresses are on the webpages. Constructive criticism welcomed!

For Northern Ireland, see www.stonedatabase.com for another approach.

Archive Online

The archive of event reviews appearing in London Platform between 2007-10 is now online. You can use it to get a better impression of what we do, to get ideas for self-led days out, or simply browse. You will find the Archive in the Events Section.

Content from 2004-06 will come online eventually. If you need to access any of this content urgently, please email info@lougs.org.uk and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

OUGS Central Website - ougs.org

Take a look at the OUGS Central Website for more news, society business and events both Nationwide and International

OUGS Sales

Through OUGS Sales, it is possible to order all your requirements for field trips and residential school, including notebooks, hand lenses, field guides & items of clothing, etc. Orders can be e-mailed, phoned or posted via the downloadable order form. ougs.org/sales

Find us on Facebook!

Click here for the OUGS Facebook group. It is a closed group, you will need your Facebook login and OUGS Membership number to access it.


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From LearningSpace, there is a topic index. The "Science" component contains chapters or sections of current OU science courses (level 1 to postgraduate) as well as some of the discontinued courses (for example S182 Studying Mammals and S278 Energy Resources).

If you register on OpenLearn (also at no cost) you can participate in associated online activities and forums and keep track of the courses you have looked at, alternatively, you can just (anonymously) browse through the content.

Additional free resources can be found on the Open University channels on YouTube and iTunesU.

The OU is also part of the OpenCourseWare Consortium where you can access course materials from contributing universities across the globe.