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Sponsorship agreement strengthens landscape of learning


Two of the most famous names in the world of geography have signed a new agreement to continue their promotion of education and research.

The three-year corporate package takes forward long-standing links between Ordnance Survey and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).

Under the agreement, Ordnance Survey will provide core funding of £150,000 to help the Society achieve its strategic aims in encouraging public interest in geography and promoting and developing its value in formal education, research and lifelong learning.

The package renews an earlier agreement and includes continued support for the Society’s bursary scheme and annual awards recognising excellence in secondary school teaching and post graduate research.

“We are delighted to assist the Society in highlighting the value of geography in education,” says Ordnance Survey’s Director General and Chief Executive, Vanessa Lawrence. “This new agreement is all about raising the profile of geography for the next generation and encouraging wider public understanding and enjoyment of the subject.”

Rita Gardner, Director of the Society, says: “We have a substantial common interest with Ordnance Survey in promoting geography and the understanding it brings about places, landscapes, people and environments. We welcome this new agreement as an important part of our strategic plans.”

As a corporate benefactor, Ordnance Survey will enjoy promotional benefits and more direct access to Society events, accommodation and facilities.

Ordnance Survey’s support for geography education was recognised by the Society earlier this year. The mapping agency’s distribution of free OS Explorer Maps to Year 7 school pupils won the Society’s Geographical Award. Over the past four years, Ordnance Survey has issued more than three million maps to children across Great Britain for use both in and out of school.

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For more information from the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), contact Eliza Cook on 020 7591 3019 or Jonathan Breckon on 020 7591 3008, or email


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