Professional Expertise


Academic and professional qualifications
1963 BSc Honours Chemistry, Leeds University
1970 PhD Physical Chemistry, Leeds University
1970 PostGraduate Certificate in Education (Science and Mathematics), St John's College, York
1970 Member of The Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
1970 Chartered Chemist

Science education in school

1969 - 70 Postgraduate Certificate in Education at St John's College, York, UK (validated by Leeds University) specialising in science and mathematics teaching

1970 - 73 Head of Chemistry Department at Achimota School, Ghana, teaching science 11-16 and A level Chemistry
1973 - 74 Teacher of 11 - 16 Chemistry and Science at Handsworth Grammar SchoolBirmingham
1974 - 79 Teacher of 14 - 18 Chemistry and 11 - 14 Science at Solihull School, West Midlands
1979 - 91 Head of Chemistry, Teacher of 14 - 18 Chemistry and 11 - 16 Science at Stokesley School (comprehensive 11-18 school), North Yorkshire

IT education in school

1989 - 91 Promoter of IT, at Stokesley School (comprehensive 11-18 school), North Yorkshire

Science education at university

1992 - 2010 Lecturer in Science Education, Institute of Education, University of Reading
2010 - 2013 part time Institute of Education, University of Reading as Coordinator of EU Comenius Changing with the Climate Network
2013 - 2016 Honorary Fellow, Institute of Education, University of Reading
2014 - present PhD supervisor at Hibernia College, through Plymouth University

External roles and links
I hold a number of voluntary posts connected with science education:
  • Previously member of the national Council of The Association for Science Education (UK)
  • Previously Chair of the national Research Committee of The Association for Science Education (UK), now Research Specialist Group
  • Previously Secretary of The Association for Tutors in Science Education, UK
  • Previously secretary of the International Committee of The Association for Science Education (UK)
  • Previuosly Committee member of the Association of Tutors in Science Education
  • Previously Secretary of the planning group for the Annual Conferences of The Association for Science Education (UK) in 1996, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013
  • Past Chair and present Honorary Secretary of the Thames Valley Section of The Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)
  • Previously Chair of the RSC South East Education Committee
  • Previously Thames Valley Section Representative of The Benevolent Fund of The Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Previously Committee Member of The Schools and FE Committee (SaFE) of The Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Previously Member of the SE Steering Group of the RSC
  • NW Europe Board Member for International Organisation for Science and Technology Education
  • Science SIG Convenor for BERA
  • Member of European Science Education Research Association
  • Member of National Association for Research in Science Teaching (USA)
  • Member of American Education Research Association
  • Board Member of The Journal of Heterodox Economics
  • Board Member of Eurasian Journal of Physics and Chemistry Education (EJPCE)