Lynne Bianchi

Lynne Bianchi


  • Core 1, Floor 6, Engineering Building A, University of Manchester, Oxford Road

    M1 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

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I am passionate about learning. Having qualified in my early careers as a primary teacher, I worked in Greater Manchester where my desire to make a difference to children's education in science flourished. The rewards of a PhD in my early twenties, started my creative journey in research and curriculum development with national organisations such as the Northern Ireland Council Curriculum & Assessment and the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority England.  Primary science education is what I have gained national and international credibility for, publishing and authoring academic and professional publications towards a vision that every child should have experiences that inform their choices and decisions about STEM. My commitment to influencing the influencers means I have provided thought leadership around teacher professional learning and modelled creative and reflective practice. I believe that by fascinating teachers and supporting them to gain confidence in science teaching so they can fascinate those they teach. Long term partnerships with organisations, including The Primary Science Teaching Trust and The Comino Foundation, has resulted in a sustained profile of impact in realising this mission.

In 2014, I founded the Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub to take my approach across the dynamic and large City of Greater Manchester. This offered challenge and has honed my leadership and management skills and experience. The integration of a unit within large and complex Russell Group University has been invigorating and focused strategy and operations to successfully close the opportunity gap for young people in areas of high economic social disadvantage. The Great Science Share for Schools has created a culture of collaboration across the sector and impacted on over 450K young people.

I am passionate to keep pushing the boundaries of mainstream STEM education, valuing partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering. The relevance and resonance of adopting real-world, project-based learning approaches within the framework of the National Curriculum for England means we are closer to empowering young people to be innovators in curious about improving their world.

I am a people-focused leader modelling a connected leadership style. I am a strategic and creative thinker with excellent interpersonal skills.  I am evidence-informed and evidence-informing, with a proven record in influencing educational practice.

Outside of work, I enjoy the rewards of a large family, a passion for music and nature.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, Teacher’s Perceptions of the teaching of Personal Capabilities through the Science Curriculum, Sheffield Hallam University

1 Sept 199925 Aug 2002

Award Date: 1 Nov 2002

Master of Education, Science Education, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

1 Sept 199825 Jul 1999

Award Date: 20 Jul 1999

Bachelor of Science, BSc Science & Technology with Primary Education, Leeds Trinity University

1 Sept 199225 Jul 1996

Award Date: 20 Jul 1996

External positions

Royal Society Partnership Grant Committee , The Royal Society

1 Apr 2023 → …

Committee Chair, EngineeringUK Primary Stakeholder Group

12 Jan 2023 → …

Trustee, Inspiring Learners Multiacademy Trust

1 Sept 2022 → …

Advisor to the UK Education Endowment Foundation Advisory Committee, The Education Endowment Foundation

1 Sept 202112 Dec 2023

Advisor to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Science-Arts Project with ZArts

1 Sept 2021 → …

Trustee, Rochdale REAL Trust

1 May 202130 Sept 2022

BBC Teach Specialist Advisor & Panellist

19 Jan 20191 Dec 2019

National Primary Curriculum for Science Advisory Group Expert, Institute of Physics

1 Jan 201918 Dec 2023

Wellcome Trust: Primary Science Campaign Working Party Member, The Wellcome Trust

1 Jan 20171 Aug 2020

Institute of Physics Education Committee Member

1 Jan 201631 Jul 2020

North West Academic Director, Comino Foundation

1 Jan 2001 → …

Areas of expertise

  • LB1501 Primary Education
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • LB2361 Curriculum

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester


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