Dr Jane Essex

Reader

Education

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Personal statement

I am a Reader in education, with a specialism in inclusion in STEM. My current teaching and supervision responsibilities on the PGDE chemistry. I also contribute to the teaching on BA routes and MA programme, as well as supervising research students from BA through to PhD routes. I moved to Strathclyde University from Brunel University London. Prior to that I had been an Initial Teacher Education tutor at Keele University (Staffordshire).

I taught science in schools in various parts of England before moving to Higher Education and retain a keen interest in all aspects of school science.

My major professional and research interests, are inclusive science education, and the preparation of teachers to deliver an inclusive STEM curriculum, along with curriculum design and assessment. My primary focus in on science for learners with intellectual disabilities but my interest extends far more widely into the mechanisms by which some groups are excluded from science.

In addition, I am active in science outreach, for which I have achieved international recognition, and regularly run inclusive and accessible chemistry events at the University of Strathclyde, in conjunction with colleagues from chemistry and chemical engineering. I have worked with a range of visitor centres to develop their STEM outreach programmes, and have regularly collaborated with colleagues at sites of historic and cultural significance.

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Prize And Awards

'Sustainable Impact by Design' Team, Strathclyde Medal
Recipient
2023
STEM Inspiration Award
Recipient
20/5/2022
Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2022
Recipient
14/2/2022
Winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry: Inclusion and Diversity Award
Recipient
7/5/2019
RSC committee Innovation award
Recipient
30/10/2018
Winner of the Herald Global Game Changers Award
Recipient
12/9/2018

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Qualifications

2001- 2005  Open University  Doctorate in Education, Can mentoring raise attainment in Science?

1997-2000   Open University  Master of Arts (Education)

1985-1986   Univ. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne  Post Graduate Certificate in Education

1982-1985   Univ. of London  Bachelor of Science (Hons), Toxicology and Pharmacology

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Research Interests

My research interests cluster around science education, specifically the impact of science outreach and inclusive science teaching. Related research areas include the preparation of teachers for inclusive practice.

Professional Activities

Inclusion in STEM: Challenges and Solutions’
Speaker
14/2/2024
The 15th Conference of the European Science Education Research association (ESERA)
Speaker
28/8/2023
Additional Support Needs in Scottish Education: Functional Description or Feature of Failure?
Speaker
23/8/2023
A Case Study of Co-creation as a Socially Just Epistemology
Speaker
23/8/2023
Public communication of science and technology
Speaker
11/4/2023
Practical Approaches to Inclusive Science
Speaker
22/2/2023

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Projects

Rannsachadh Àrainn Eucoir: Am Puffin Bochd (English: Crime Science Investigation: The Poor Puffin)
Ross, Kirsty (Principal Investigator) Birnie, Inge (Co-investigator) Essex, Jane (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2023
EPSRC IAA: Engineering equity in STEM employment
Essex, Jane (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Evaluating whether microscale chemistry techniques can enhance the inclusivity of school lab work
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator)
05-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Inclusive and Accessible Salters' Institute Chemistry Festival
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
Diversity in Science towards Social Inclusion
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator) Birnie, Inge (Principal Investigator) Ross, Kirsty (Principal Investigator)
An Erasmus+ project that seeks to explore teaching strategies that could overcome barriers to full involvement of science by school pupils with a range of personal characteristics.
01-Jan-2021 - 14-Jan-2023
Using research to enhance inclusive science teaching
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator)
A 2 hour seminar in whihc reserach evidence was shared and discussed with participating teachers.
12-Jan-2020 - 12-Jan-2020

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Contact

Dr Jane Essex
Reader
Education

Email: jane.essex@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 444 8058