Programme Leader for PGCE Biology
I am a Lecturer in the School of Education and Programme Leader for PGCE Science with Biology Secondary Education.
I graduated university in 2004 with a first class honours degree in Forensic Science and then went on to study two years of a PhD in Biochemistry and Genetics. I found I enjoyed teaching undergraduates more than research so this led me to leave my PhD and join the Initial Teacher Training PGCE at the University of Sunderland where I graduated in 2018.
I have taught science within a secondary school setting as well as primary and SEND settings for the last 12 years where I have been both head of department and school mentor for ITT students. I have taught ages ranging from 4 – 19 within a school context and have tutored students of all ages in Chemistry and Biology A level.
I joined the university in 2018 as an academic tutor where I supervised students out on placement and lectured in science education before I was made course leader for Biology in 2019.
I enjoy helping students to become research informed teachers who can take complex ideas and break them down for the pupils in their class. As science is a continuously developing subject, it's important to ensure that pupils are inspired to love the subject and I hope my students both inspire and educate each member of their classroom.
Teaching and supervision
I am course leader for PGCE Biology and personal tutor for students on my course. I also teach science on the primary education courses at the University.
Research interests for potential research students
I am currently developing research in STEM courses and the teaching of cross curricular skills within the education setting. Many schools offer a STEM package to their students; however, this can often be under-utilised and a bolt-on experience that schools use as a specific day activity, or a club where only a small percentage of the students attend. I aim to look at how these skills can be developed within a normal Science, Technology or Maths class to enhance learning and develop these critical cross-curricular links.