*The College of School Teacher Fellows


A School Teacher Fellow (STF) is a secondary or primary school Chemistry teacher who was seconded, initially for one year, to a UK University Chemistry Department to undertake a wide range of projects including that of Outreach work. Their role is to make use of the resources of a university chemistry department to promote chemistry regionally, nationally and internationally through a wide variety of activities.  These activities may include: lectures, lecture demonstrations, workshops in university chemistry departments, workshops in primary and secondary schools and colleges, producing articles, teacher and technician training and training of university students in science communication.

The College of School Teacher Fellows meets annually to disseminate information and resources among its members to increase the portfolio of its activities. These meetings are typically held in January each year in one of the host university STFs’ departments.

 

School Teacher Fellow

Academic Year in Post

University Host

Length of Time Seconded

Secondment
Funder

Notes

Tim Harrison

2006/7

Bristol

1 year

Bristol ChemLabS

Made a permanent appointment following the secondment. Now Director of Outreach and Science Communicator in Residence

Nick Barker

2007/8 (January)

Warwick

Left teaching post to take up STF

RSC (CFOF)

STF at Warwick to run chemistry schools outreach programme full time.

David Read

2007/8    

Southampton

2 years

50% RSC (CFOF) / 50% Soton Chemistry

Now Professorial Fellow in Chemical Education but still engaged in outreach

Dave Brentnall

2007/8

Nottingham

2 years

RSC (CFOF)

Returned to teaching in his secondary school

Will Davey

2007

Sheffield

1 Year

RSC (CFOF)

Until September 2013 part time STF (0.2) running Sheffield’s outreach lab and part time chemistry teacher. (0.8). Then returned to full time teaching.

Sandy Wilkinson

2007/8

Birmingham

1 Year

RSC (CFOF)

Initially became an LEA Science Advisor then a Lecturer in Science Education at Birmingham.

Rhydian Evans

2007/8

Bath

One term spread over 3 terms

RSC (CFOF)

Returned to School

Peter Couch

2007/8

Reading

One term

RSC (CFOF)

Retired

Judith Edge

2007/8

Several universities in the north of England

One Term

RSC (CFOF)

Returned to school after completing a specific tracking project for the RSC.

Peter Hoare

2008/9

Newcastle

I Year

RSC (CFOF)

Now full time at Newcastle; Chemistry Outreach Officer

Cheryl Sacht

2008/9

UCL

1 Year

RSC (CFOF)

Returned to teaching. Currently RSC Programme Manager East and SE England

Anne Willis

2008/9

Northumbria

1 Year

RSC (CFOF)

Senior Lecturer  at Northumbria

Penelope Bagshaw

2009/10

Surrey

1 Year

AstraZeneca

Semi-retired; sessional lecturer and outreach at Reading

Roger Nixon

2009/10

Oxford

1 Year

AstraZeneca

Returned to teaching

Declan Fleming

2010/11

Bath

1 Year

RSC via HE STEM initiative

Returned to school teaching overseas

Jacquie Robson

2010/11

Durham

Left teaching post to take up STF for 1 year

RSC via HE STEM initiative

Full time School Teacher Fellow at Durham with academic teaching roles including first year mentor, first year lab course leader and module coordinator for Chemistry into Schools. Still engaged in Outreach

Kristy Turner

2011/12

Manchester

1 Year

RSC via HE STEM initiative

Returned to school teaching. Now part time teacher and part time academic at Manchester

Catherine Smith

2011/12

Leicester

1Year

RSC via HE STEM initiative

Returned to school teaching

 

2012/13

2013/14

 

 

 

 

The RSC did not sponsor any STF these years.

Contact Details of STFs Who are Still Engaged in Chemistry Outreach

Name

University

Outreach Web Site

Email

Phone No

Tim Harrison

Bristol

http://www.chemlabs.bristol.ac.uk/outreach /

t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk

0117 928 8663

Jacquie Robson

Durham

http://www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry.outreach/
and
http://www.dur.ac.uk/science.outreach/

j.m.robson@durham.ac.uk

0191 334 2352

Peter Hoare

Newcastle

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/chemistry/outreach

peter.hoare@newcastle.ac.uk

0191 2088542

Anne Willis

Northumbria

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/w/anne-willis/

anne.willis@northumbria.ac.uk

0191 243 7873

David Read

Southampton

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry/outreach/index.page

D.Read@soton.ac.uk
and
chem@southampton.ac.uk

0238
0 598 562

Nick Barker

Warwick

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/giving/priority/responsibility/chemistryoutreach/

n.m.barker@warwick.ac.uk

0247
6574
449

Penelope Bagshaw

Reading

www.reading.ac.uk/chemistry/outreach

p.m.bagshaw@reading.ac.uk

0777
489
3459

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chemistry Outreach Posts held by Non-Teacher Trained Chemists

Name

University

Outreach Web Site

Email

Tel No.

Samantha Tang

Nottingham

http://nottingham.ac.uk/chemistry/informationforschools/informationforschoolsandcolleges.aspx

Samantha.Tang@nottingham.ac.uk

0115 846 7229

Nazira Karodia

Wolverhampton

No outreach page found

nazira.karodia@wlv.ac.uk

01902 321920

School Teacher Fellows contribute to research into the education values of outreach activities and how STFs can be of benefit to the departments and faculties in which they operate.

Annual Meetings

These take place in early January of each year. Since 2012 these have been sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry for which thanks are given.

2010: University of Bristol
2011: Newcastle University
2012: University of Warwick
2013: University of Southampton
2014: University of Durham
2015: University of Nottingham
2016: University of Bristol
2017: University of Reading

Examples of Papers and Articles

  1. Lucy Patterson ‘A chemical bond: Nick Barker, linking schools and universities in the UK’ Science In School, Issue 15, 2010.
    An article about School Teacher Fellows which is also available in English, German and Italian translations.

  2. Dudley E. Shallcross and Timothy G. Harrison ‘A secondary School Teacher Fellow within a university chemistry department: the answer to problems of recruitment and transition from secondary school to University and subsequent retention?Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2007, 8 (1), 101-104

  3. T G Harrison and D E Shallcross, ‘What should be expected of successful engagement between schools, colleges and universities?’ (2009). Schools Science Review, Association for Science Education, 91 (335), 97-102

  4. Niyadurupola, D. G. and Read, D. (2008), The use of electronic voting systems to engage students in outreach activities, New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, Higher Education Academy UK Physical Sciences Centre, 4, p.27.

  5.  Penny Bagshaw, Joanne Elliott and Elizabeth Page ‘The Perfect UCAS Visit Day’: A Small-Scale Survey to Identify Good Practice (2011). The National HE STEM Programme.

  6. Harrison T.G., Shallcross D.E., Norman N.C., Sewry J. and Davies-Coleman M. (2011). Publicising Chemistry in a Multicultural Society Through Chemistry Outreach, South African Journal of Science, 107, November/December: DOI: 10.4102/sajs.v107i11/12.669
  7. Chemistry provision for primary pupils: The experience of 10 years of Bristol ChemLabS Outreach. T.G. Harrison and D.E. Shallcross. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 4, 1173 - 1179. (2016). doi: 10.13189/ujer.
  8. Why do secondary school chemistry teachers engage in long-term outreach partnership with a university? S.R. Glover, T.G. Harrison and D.E. Shallcross. Acta Didactica Napocensia, (9)2, 79-97 (2016).

  9. Factors influencing secondary school teachers in engaging their students with outreach activities at university: is it just cost? S.R. Glover, T.G. Harrison and D.E. Shallcross. Higher Education Studies, Canadian Center of Science and Education 6(4), 70-80. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/hes.v6n4p70.
  10. Secondary chemistry school teachers working in tertiary education chemistry departments: Critical reflections on the positives and negatives. S.R. Glover, T.G. Harrison and D.E. Shallcross. Accepted by Acta Didactica Napocensia (2017).

 

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