Alumnus Keith Bloomfield visits SEE

On Tuesday 28th April, the School of Earth and Environment welcomed former student Keith Bloomfield on his first visit back to Leeds since the 70s!

Keith, who studied BSc Geology 1951, MSc Geology 1956 and PhD Petrology 1964), met staff and students from across the School as he enjoyed a programme of activities which included viewing a student practical as well as a tour of both the School and part of the wider campus. In driving from the University Main Entrance to the Visitors Car Park, Keith passed the former Department of Geology building, now part of The School of Education on Hillary Place.

Keith had the opportunity to view a second year petrology and mineralogy practical class where he was able to talk to current undergraduate students about their intended career and for some, plans to spend their third year studying overseas. He enjoyed a walk around the SEE building, including visiting the Thin Section Lab, Geochemistry Labs and Rock Store, where he saw some familiar names in our archive of thin sections! Later he toured the Student Union Building, University House and his former Hall of Residence: Woodsley Hall, now known as Fairbairn House.

Following his visit, Keith said "I'm amazed how much the place has grown, both the University itself and the Department... it seems to me that the actual laboratories have changed least of all. There's really only one way to make thin sections of rocks. I was particularly glad to be able to talk to the students and only wish I had been able to spend more time with them."

For more information about visiting the School of Earth and Environment and/or the wider University Campus, please contact Joanna Bowen via