Currently: Ogden Science Officer
Scott is a materials scientist with a background in nuclear fuel modelling based within Keele University’s Sustainability Hub. He has a real passion for working with students of all ages and abilities from across Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas, to excite them about physics, enthuse them about the possibilities of studying physics and the wide variety of careers this could lead to, and ultimately raise their personal aspirations and ambitions.
Scott’s aim of enriching the students’ STEM experience relies on him drawing on his experience in schools and sixth form colleges (Scott was previously an A-level and GCSE physics teacher) as well as utilising resources based within Keele’s Faculty of Natural Science. Scott also works closely with the psychology department at Keele and is actively researching a number of key issues currently facing science education, namely engaging young white males from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as assisting in increasing the numbers of girls studying physics at GCSE and beyond.
Scott organises a wide variety of science outreach activities and innovative training days at the university for teachers, PhD & early careers researchers (Ogden Trust Scientists in Schools Communications Training), schools (Ogden Trust Primary CPD), colleges and the public, predominately in areas of physical science and technology within the context of the environment and sustainability.
Scott delivers the unique portable resource called Physicubes, sponsored by The Ogden Trust, to support schools in various aspects of the physics national curriculum (and beyond!) in an innovative, interactive and exciting manner.
Scott helps to organise the university’s award winning inflatable planetarium (Stardome) provision, which engages with well over 3,000 people, of all ages, annually. The content of this resource is constantly evolving to reflect the world leading astrophysics research undertaken at Keele, in particular the search for exoplanets, as well as more mainstream topics such as Tim Peake’s recent visit to the International Space Station.
Scott continues to forge links with a number of institutions across the midlands to help ignite a passion for physics teaching and learning. This year the Keele Ogden Schools Science Partnership (which Scott oversees) is running a Trebuchet Building competition in conjunction with Warwick Castle’s Mighty Trebuchet!