Dr Jane Essex

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

I am a senior lecturer in chemistry education, with 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.

Prizes and awards

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
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Outreach Academic of the Year

More prizes and awards


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


Acids and alkalis
Essex Jane, O'Flynn Despoina
Teaching Secondary Chemistry (2021) (2021)
Supporting a beginning teacher to implement extension and enrichment
Essex Jane
Mentoring Science Teachers in the Secondary School A Practical Guide (2020) (2020)
Towards truly inclusive science education : a case study of successful curriculum innovation in a special school
Essex Jane
Support for Learning Vol 35, pp. 542-558 (2020)
Modern foreign language education for learners with additional support needs in Scotland
Essex Jane, Macaskill Maggie Gurney
Support for Learning (2020)
Support for learning guest editorial
Essex Jane
Support for Learning (2020)
Creative Chemists : Strategies for Teaching and Learning
Essex Jane

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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

Inclusive and Accessible Salters' Institute Chemistry Festival
Inclusion and Diversity Prize Committee
Chemical Education Research Network North 19
Reviewer for Teaching and Teacher Education
National Qualifications Support Team
Taste, one of the Glasgow Science Centre's series of 'lates'

More professional activities


Sustainable impact by design: a pilot study of effective STEM dissemination for hard-to-reach audiences
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator) Gonzalez-Longo, Cristina (Co-investigator) Li, Rui (Co-investigator) Somorin, Tosin (Co-investigator) Hendry, Martyn (Co-investigator) Yue, Hong (Co-investigator) Maddock, Christie (Co-investigator) Ivaturi, Aruna (Co-investigator) Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Co-investigator) Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Co-investigator)
STEM Equals and RKES funding £10,000
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Inclusive and Accessible Salters' Institute Chemistry Festival
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
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
Speech & language difficulties in ASN learners
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator)
Two 2 hour seminars on speech and language difficulties, their presentation in the classroom and strategies to enhance their educational outcomes.
04-Jan-2020 - 18-Jan-2020
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator)
A 90 minute on-line seminar at whihc practical measures to promote inclusion in STEM subjects was shared with teachers
29-Jan-2020 - 29-Jan-2020
Diversity in Science towards Social Inclusion
Essex, Jane (Principal Investigator) Ross, Kirsty (Co-investigator) Salehjee, Saima (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2020 - 14-Jan-2023

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