Sam Hughes


I first started working with the MLA in 2015, and have helped teach the land survey aspects of the practical residential modules EHYD105, EHYD503 and EHYD506 in Plymouth.

I graduated from the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter (BSc (Hons), ACSM) in 2008 and went on to work as a surveyor with Kemp Engineering and Surveying.

I am currently a lecturer in surveying and geology at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter at their campus near Falmouth in Cornwall, and have been in this role since 2009. My role at CSM includes teaching and supervision on a variety of our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes including Mining Engineering, Surveying and Geology.

My main subject areas are within surveying and geological fieldwork. I also provide project supervision, and I am an academic tutor for undergraduate geology students. I teach all undergraduate surveying courses at CSM, including the 1st Year surveying modules and the Underground Surveying course which focuses on mine surveying techniques. I also teach Land Surveying on the MSc Surveying and Land / Environmental Management (SLEM) programme.

I am also doing a lot of research at CSM. My research focus is on understanding tectonomagmatic controls on granite pluton construction and the processes leading to the magmatic-hydrothermal transition. I also have a keen interest in global tectonics, mining and mineral deposits. I also work closely with Geological Society of London of which I am a fellow (FGS) and committee member of the South West Regional Group.

I live down in west Cornwall in a small town called St Ives. I enjoy the laid back Cornish lifestyle, indulging my hobbies of geology, surfing and hiking.