Dr Jane Essex




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

STEM Inspiration Award
Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2022
Winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry: Inclusion and Diversity Award
RSC committee Innovation award
Winner of the Herald Global Game Changers Award
Shortlisted for STEMnet ambassador of the year

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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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Differently skilled and equally valuable : neurodiverse scientists in the workplace
Essex Jane
Nature Reviews Chemistry (2023)
Earth materials : a fresh look at an old topic
Essex Jane
Primary Science Review Vol 179, pp. 27-29 (2023)
Culturally responsive science outreach
Birnie Ingeborg, Essex Jane, Ross Kirsty
Teaching for inclusion
Essex Jane
Professional Studies for Trainee Secondary Teachers Learning Matters (2023) (2023)
Practical approaches to enhancing inclusion in STEM
Essex Jane
Highland Science Teachers CLPL (2023)
The ASE Inclusive Science Group
Essex Jane, Butler Rob
Association for Science Education: National Conference 2023 (2023)

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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

The 15th Conference of the European Science Education Research association (ESERA)
A Case Study of Co-creation as a Socially Just Epistemology
Additional Support Needs in Scottish Education: Functional Description or Feature of Failure?
BGE Science Immersion Week
Inclusive Education in STEM
Engineering equity in STEM employment’

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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
Engineering equity in STEM employment
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator) Hendry, Martyn (Principal Investigator) Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Principal Investigator) Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator) Wang, Yirui (Principal Investigator) McQuilken, Natasha (Principal Investigator)
The project considered how to enhance the sustainability and resilience of the STEM workforce in the twenty-first century. The opportunity to engage in meaningful work enhances individual health and well-being, as well as enhancing social cohesion and economic prosperity. Specifically, the project considered how technical expertise in industry and academia can be shared with people who are hugely under-represented in the STEM workforce despite their evident capabilities and interest in STEM. The scheme builds upon a highly successful STEM for sustainability summer school that ran last summer and will involve researchers who attended last year, along with others who expressed an interest in joining the project, plus pupils from South Ayrshire schools who have ASN. In addition, the scheme involved regional STEM employers, giving them a chance to develop their understanding of the capacities of diverse young people and their potential to contribute positively to their organisations.
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
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
Sustainable impact by design: a pilot study of effective STEM dissemination for hard-to-reach audiences
Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Co-investigator) Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator) Hendry, Martyn (Co-investigator) Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Co-investigator) Giovelli, Noemi (Post Grad Student) Ivaturi, Aruna (Co-investigator) Li, Rui (Co-investigator) Maddock, Christie (Co-investigator) Somorin, Tosin (Co-investigator) Yue, Hong (Co-investigator) Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Co-investigator)
STEM Equals + RKES funded project
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
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

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Dr Jane Essex

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