Liverpool Skylilne

School of Education

Anthony Cliffe


Anthony is a PhD researcher investigating the educational benefit of using mobile technologies and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Geoscience Fieldwork Education. Anthony has a degree in Geography and a Masters in Environmental Sustainability for Community and Business. Anthony has worked as a research assistant on a wide variety of projects from Carbon Neutral initiatives in Ashton Hayes to Academic Gender bias in the REF 2014. Anthony's previous own research has been focused around the impacts of aviation on residents surrounding an International Airport along with investigating the potential impact of his own carbon neutrality scheme for airports. Anthony is also a fully qualified RPAS pilot.


2018, ProQual, United Kingdom, Level 4 Diploma, Remote Piloting of Aircraft Systems
2015, University of Chester, United Kingdom, MSc Sustainabilty for Community and Business
2013, University of Chester, United Kingdom, BSc (Single Hons) Geography

Academic appointments

Postgraduate Research Assistant, Geography and International Development, University of Chester, 2014 - 2016


Journal article

Cliffe AD. 2019. Evaluating the introduction of unmanned Aerial Vehicles for teaching and learning in geoscience fieldwork education Journal of Geography in Higher Education, >DOI

Cliffe AD. 2017. A review of the benefits and drawbacks to virtual field guides in today’s Geoscience higher education environment International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 14 >DOI >Public Url

Internet publication

Cliffe AD, Healey RL, Healey M. 2018. Engaging in radical work: Students as partners in academic publishing

Cliffe AD. 2018. Drones for Education: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Regulations

Editorial/letter to the editor

Cliffe A, Cook-Sather A, Healey M, Healey R, Marquis E, Matthews KE, Mercer-Mapstone L, Ntem A, Puri V, Woolmer C. Launching a Journal About and Through Students as Partners International Journal for Students as Partners, 1 >DOI


Cliffe AD. A study of the role of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in creating an Enhanced Virtual Field Guide (EVFG) in Geoscience Fieldwork Stott T, Tracy F, Jones K. >Public Url

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Virtual Field Guides, EHC Faculty Research Cafe, Avril Robarts Library, Oral presentation 14/11/2018

Engaging Students as Partners in Academic Publishing, International Scholarly Society for Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL 18): Towards a learning culture, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, Oral presentation 24/10/2018

The pedagogical use of Virtual Field Guides developed by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Geoscience fieldwork education, The International Scholarly Society of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL 18): Towards a learning culture, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, Oral presentation 23/10/2018

Investigating the pedagogical use of unmanned aerial vehicles and mobile technologies in geoscience fieldwork education: A case study, British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference 2018, Northumbria University, Oral presentation 11/09/2018

The use of a 3D Virtual Field Guide model generated by an unmanned aerial vehicle for geoscience fieldwork education, Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase 2018, University of Leeds, Oral presentation 03/09/2018

Evaluating the pedagogical use of Virtual Field Guides Developed by UAVs in fieldwork, UAV4Enviro, Split University, Croatia, Oral presentation 27/06/2018

Investigating the Pedagogical benefits of Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Geoscience Fieldwork education, Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase, University of Chester, Oral presentation 08/09/2017

Editorial boards:

International Journal for Students as Partners IJSaP, Editor,


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies:

Member of the Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, ARPAS-UK,

Other invited event:

British Ecological Summer School A-Level, Margam Field Studies Council, Ran a workshop with two A-Level groups from BEM and Low SES backgrounds about Drones in research