Biography

I studied Chemsitry at Aberystwyth university followed by a one year PGCE, focussing on Science with an addtional interest in music and special needs.   

My first post was as a teacher of chemistry for two years at a 13-18 school in Hull. My role included teaching Chemistry up to A level and also general science to special needs groups including hearing impaired students.

Following this I onbtained a post as research technician in the Chemistry Department at Hul University where I assisted with research into aeroplane fuels. The work involved carrying out combustion reactions on hydrocarbon fuels by adding the fuel to a slow reacting hydrogen oxygen mixture, measuring the rates of reaction and analysing the products. One of my tasks included measuring the level of carbon monoxide produced by gas chromotography.

I took a career break for a few year to look after my family. During this time I worked as a voluntary tutor at an FE College for teenagers with special needs and also with various childrens and young people's work.

In 1989 I returned to work as a science technician in what was the Institute of Continuing and Professional Education and have supported the Science component of ITE up to the present.

Role

My role is to coordinate the availability  of the Initial Teacher Education science sources and technical support  for tutors, students and trainee teachers on Initial  Teacher  Education and Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses courses. Currently these are the  11-18 and 7-14 and Primary ITE courses, the  Physics and Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses(SKEP and SKEC)and the Short Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. This includes supporting the timetabled laboratory sessions and also help for individual trainee teachers who want to try out experiments before carrying them out with pupils in schools.

In addition to supporting Education Courses, I co-ordinate the technical support for Science based Study Group International Courses