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Education and Research

Our work in education and research

Working closely with educational strategic partners, we provide resources and materials that are essential tools for schools teaching the geography curriculum in England, Scotland and Wales. Our gold award-winning Digimap for Schools service provides schools with all their mapping needs at both primary and secondary level and is ideal for cross curricular activities.

The Research team at OS works closely with universities at a number of levels. We are the main point of contact for all enquiries from universities and key activities include hosting second year undergraduate summer interns, supporting MSc dissertations and sponsoring doctoral and post-doctoral research. Digimap for universities and for colleges, available via the EDINA Digimap service, is also managed by the Research team.

Our research programme is very active and aims to improve the capability and efficiency of OS. The programme works closely with universities and students who wish to get involved in our research for their MSc, PhD or EngD.

For information about anything to do with our university engagement or research activities, contact: universityenquiries@os.uk

Teaching resources

Make geography fun with our classroom resources. Watch videos from Steve Backshall about how to read maps, plus download map symbols and find out about GIS software for schools.

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Find out all about the topic areas we are currently researching and how you can get involved.

Research areas


Children can have fun learning about geography online – at school or at home. Find games, trivia quizzes, improve map skills and discover how geography impacts our daily lives.

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Universities & colleges

We work closely with universities and colleges to help students interested in our areas of research.

Our research within education

Digimap for Schools

Discover all about how you can access our maps via Digimap, whether you are studying or are an education provider.

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Digimap for Colleges

Access a range of our maps online for free and use our data across a number of subjects.

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Digimap for Universities

Our digital mapping data is available to universities via Digimap.

Digimap for Universities

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