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Geography Expert -

Ritchie Cunningham was born in Stirling and attended seven schools in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England, completing his schooling for the final two years at Lenzie Academy. Graduating from the University of Glasgow with Honours in Geography. He taught Geography, Economics and Geology in Cumbernauld and Paisley before working for the SEB (forerunner of the SQA) for two years. He was Adviser in Social Subjects in Highland for six years before being appointed Rector at Inverness High School in 1991. A post he held for 23 years. He was a principal examiner for Geography for ten years and has authored or co-authored over 30 publications including several textbooks and radio programmes. He was a Director of Inverness and Nairn Enterprise for six years and also a director of Inverness Project (local charity) and UHI Millennium Institute also director of REAL (Inverness High School) CIC and Real Inverness  as well as on the Board of Inverness College. He has an interest in amateur drama, Rotary and golf. Married (Linda) with two children (Gregor  and Glen ), living in Nairn.

A Bit About Me

From the start of my career, I have been involved in writing geography educational materials, articles and staff training materials. The first written during my first appointment in Cumbernauld High School between 1977-1980.
Provided in-service training on curriculum development assessment and innovation at a national level and also to several Local Authorities over the years.
Written/co-written over 30 publications including:
"Diagnostic Assessment - A teachers view" in Programmed Learning and Educational Technology; Journal of AETT
-Co-author of "Core Themes in Geography"- two books for Higher Grade Geography.
-Co-author of Core Topics in Geography - four copymaster sets for senior school geography
-Co-author of Credit Geography - a textbook for Standard Grade
-Co-author of People and Place - a textbook for 5-14 Geography
Also three Radiovision programmes for BBC Radio Scotland.

some selected earlier publications

1985 Glasgow - Urban Geography  ISBN 0863750605

1985 Changing Industrial Landscapes in Central Scotland 

1987 Leisure and Recreation   ISBN 1850690529

1991 Core Themes in Geography - Physical   ISBN 0050045563

1992 Core Themes in Geography - Human   ISBN 0050045571

1994 Credit Geography    ISBN 1872985556

1996 People and Place      ISBN 1872985289



Headteacher Inverness High School 1991-2014

Adviser in Social Subjects (Highland Council) from 1986-1991

Field Development Officer SEB  1984-86

Principal Teacher of Geography/Modern Studies (John Neilson High School – Renfrewshire)1980-84

Teacher of Geography/Geology/Economics –Cumbernauld High School - 1977-1980



University of Glasgow

MA (Hons) in Regional and Systematic Geography 


Jordanhill College of Education

Teaching Qualifications in Geography and Economics


University of Dundee

Qualification in Geology

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