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Tanya Bower Head of Geography, Rogerson Tutor, Lieutenanct CCF

I am a Geographer through and through! After completing a BA (Kings College London), MSc (University of Toronto) and DPhil in Geography (University of Oxford) I became an academic Geographer researching and teaching Geography at a number of Universities including Bristol University, Keele University, Kings College London, and SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies – which included many years of working in Africa on mostly DfID funded research projects focusing on the urban poor, environmental sustainability, and political ecology). In about 2006, I moved with my family from the south of England up to Scotland and retrained as a school teacher.


I love running and cycling across wild landscapes, and am lucky that, as I live in Crieff, I have many routes starting from either my front or back door! I love adventurous travel. For example, in Summer 2019 I spent a month in Vanuatu exploring the active volcanoes on many of the country’s 1000 islands, as well as sea kayaking and fishing for our supper (with my daughter who has just completed her second year at University reading Geography). I also enjoy theatre, music, reeling, and much more!


Habitually counting the same number of pupils back as out from some of our more adventurous expeditions.

Funniest Memory

I know what some of my pupils would choose – when my foot hooked the straps of a pupil’s school bag and I disappeared into the recycling bin of my classroom!

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