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Main research and teaching interests:

  • Science teacher development (secondary education)
  • Secondary initial teacher education
  • STEM education
  • Developing inclusive schools and teachers
  • Qualitative Data Generation and Analysis
  • Collaborative action research

I have been first supervisor for 10 completed PhDs in Education, and currrently I am first supervisor for three more doctoral students, and co-supervisor to another two. Doctoral supervision requires a combination of my capacities across different fields.

International experience:

  • 2020-24: Expert steerting group member of MOST, an EU FP7 project on open schooling and STEM
  • 2013-17: Advisory board member of MASCIL, an EU FP7 project on enquiry based learning and workplace learning in science and maths
  • 2008-15: Science curriculum and teacher development in Egypt
  • 2010-13: Co-PI in Manchester for Primas FP7 project on enquiry-based learning in science and maths
  • 2009-11: member of Comenius project on science and maths education
  • 2003-06 : consultant, DfID-funded school improvement project in Beijing
  • 2003-06 : member of European-funded project on inclusive education (Lisbon)
  • 1998-2001: PhD research on grassroots international collaboration through volunteering (Indonesian context)


I started academic life as an engineer, being awarded a first in Engineering (MA Cambridge) and working for British Rail. I then moved fields to train as a science teacher, completing a PGCE in Oxford University, and worked in schools in disadvantaged areas in the UK for four years, and in Indonesia with VSO for three years as a science teacher and teacher trainer.

I came to Manchester to complete an MSc Educational Research in 1996 and continued on to a PhD in Education here. For six years I worked as a research associate on development and research projects relating to inclusive education, with an action research element. In 2004 I became a lecturer in science education and have continued to develop my research in relation to science education and disadvantage as a senior lecturer.

Research interests

Science and maths education and teacher education

Main projects:

'Visions' review of curriculum and assessment for the Royal Society (2013)

Co-PI: Primas EU FP7 project, Promoting Inquiry in Maths and Science Education (2010-2013)

Co-PI: Compass EU Comenius project on interdisciplinary science and maths education (2009-11)

Developing inclusive schools: Co-director of ESRC-funded research project 'Facilitating Teacher Engagement in More Inclusive Practice' with Trinity College Carmarthen, 2005-07)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Areas of expertise

  • QC Physics
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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