* School Teacher Fellow

Photo of Tim HarrisonTim Harrison FRSC is the Bristol ChemLabS Teacher Fellow in the School of Chemistry (2005 - ). He was formerly Science College Director of Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucestershire and now is also the Bristol ChemLabS Director of Outreach and Science Communicator in Residence.

What is a school teacher fellow?

A School Teacher Fellow is a qualified and experienced secondary school teacher who is charged with finding ways in which the many resources of the university can be used to stimulate an active interest in chemistry in school students and pupils of all ages. This includes the organisation of conferences, competitions and workshops, as well as the training of less experienced chemistry teachers and technicians. Important aspects also includes reviewing the Post 18 interface between schools and degree courses and developing software for practical work at all levels of study.

As the Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow, Tim Harrison is responsible for all Outreach activities, a selection of which are listed below.

General Activities:  

University Experiences for Post 16:

For more information see the Outreach website's secondary schools section.

Teacher and Technician Training:

Working with Primary Schools:

Click for more information about the Bristol ChemLabS outreach activities

Selected Relevant Papers and Articles

Harrison T.G., Norman N.C. and Shallcross D.E., (2016). What can be learnt from the Bristol ChemLabS centre for excellence in teaching and learning 10 years on?, Education in Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, Volume 53(2), 26-29.

Dudley E. Shallcross, Jennifer L. Slaughter, Timothy G. Harrison and Nicholas C. Norman, (2015), A dynamic laboratory manual Pre-lab online support for practical Chemistry’, Innovative Pedagogies Series of the Higher Education Academy.

Dudley E. Shallcross, Timothy G. Harrison, David Read and Nicholas Barker, (2014), ‘On the impact of School Teacher Fellows in Chemistry Departments within UK Higher Education Institutes, from 2005-2013’, Higher Education Studies, Canadian Center of Science and Education, (4)4. doi:10.5539/hes.v4n4p7

Shallcross D.E., Harrison T.G., Obey T.M., Steve J. Croker S.J. and Nick C. Norman N.C. (2013). Outreach within the Bristol ChemLabS CETL (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), Higher Education Studies, CCSE, 3(1).

Shallcross D. E., Harrison T. G., Shaw A.J., Shallcross K.L., Croker S. J. and Norman N.C. (2013). Lessons in effective Practical Chemistry at tertiary level: Case studies from a Chemistry Outreach Program, Higher Education Studies, CCSE, 3 (5).

Magdalena Wajrak and Tim Harrison (2013), Chemical Demonstrations Booklet, Cengage Learning (Australia).

Shallcross D.E., Harrison T.G., Shaw A.J., Shallcross K.L., Croker S. J. and Norman N. C. (2013). Lessons in effective Practical Chemistry at tertiary level: Case studies from a Chemistry Outreach Program, Higher Education Studies, Canadian Center of Science and Education, 3 (5),

White E.L. and Harrison T.G. (2012). UK School Students’ Attitudes Towards Science And Potential Science-Based Careers, Acta Didactica Napocensia, 5, (4), 1-10.

Wadsworth E.L., Croker S.J. and Harrison T.G. (2012). Using Popular Children's Films in Science, Primary Science, Association for Science Education, 123, May, 19-21.

Sunassee S.N., Young R.M., Sewry J.D., Harrison T.G., Shallcross D.E. (2012). Creating Climate Change Awareness in South African Schools Through Practical Chemistry Demonstrations, Acta Didactica Napocensia, 5(4), 31-48.

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

Shallcross D.E., Allan N.L., Shallcross K.L., Croker S.J., Smith D.M., May P.W., Price G.J. and Harrison T.G.. (2011). Solving the maths problem in Chemistry: the impact of a pre-university maths summer school on year 1 and year 2 Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, Higher Education Academy UK Physical Sciences Centre, 7, 58-62.

Harrison, T.G., Hanford, K.L., Cheesman, B.T., Kaur, G., Franklin, S.D., Laurain, A.M.C., Medley, M.I., Rivett, A.C., Sellou, L., Shallcross, K. L., Shaw, K.E., Williams, S.J., Shallcross, D.E., (2011). The many positive impacts of participating in outreach activities on postgraduate students. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, Higher Education Academy UK Physical Sciences Centre, 7, 13–18.

Tuah, J., Harrison, T.G., Shallcross, D.E., (2010). A Review of the Use of Demonstration Lectures in the Promotion of Positive Attitudes towards, and the Learning of Science with reference to a ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’, a demonstration lecture on air quality and climate change. Romanian Journal of Education, 1(3-4), 93-102.

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,

Tuah, J., Harrison, T.G., Shallcross, D.E., (2009). The advantages perceived by schoolteachers in engaging their students in university-based chemistry outreach activities. Acta Didactica Napocensia, 2 (3), 31-44.

Shallcross, D.E., Harrison, T.G., (2007). Why bother taking University led Chemistry Outreach into Primary Schools? Bristol ChemLabS experience. New Directions 3, 41-44.

Shallcross, D.E., Harrison, T.G., (2007). The impact of School Teacher Fellows on teaching and assessment at tertiary level. New Directions 3, 77-78.

Shallcross, D.E., Harrison, T.G., (2007). 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 8, 101-104.

D. E. Shallcross and T. G. Harrison, ‘The Role of the School Teacher Fellow’(2007). Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP), RSC, 8 (1).

Shallcross, D.E., Harrison, T.G., Wallington, S., Nicholson, H., (2006). University and Primary School Links, the Bristol ChemLabS Experience. Primary Science Review 94, 19-22.

Awaiting publication at date of page update (March 2016)

S.R. Glover, T.G. Harrison and D.E. Shallcross, Benefits to secondary school chemistry teachers who have brought their students to engagement activities with a university chemistry department for several years; CPD by diffusion?


Other related information

Tim Harrison convenes The College of School Teacher Fellows 

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