Education

Focus Areas

Team

Nigel Thomas
Nigel leads Gatsby’s Education team. Prior to joining Gatsby in 2005 Nigel worked for 10 years at the Royal Society, the last four of which saw him leading the Science Communication & Education Section, overseeing the Society’s education policy advice work, support for schools and a wide-ranging programme of scientific lectures, meetings and exhibitions. Before the Royal Society, Nigel worked for the UK Research Councils and studied Physics at the universities of Kent and Paris-Sud.

Faye Riley
Faye is the Personal Assistant to the Gatsby Education team. She is responsible for coordinating meetings, seminars and conferences, diary planning and grant management.

Jennifer Allen
Jennifer is a Programme Manager in the Education team. Jennifer previously worked as a researcher for SKOPE (the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance) at the University of Oxford, where she completed her MSc in Education and her PhD in Education. Her research experience includes projects about further and higher education in England.

Jenifer Burden
Jenifer is a Director of Programmes in the Education team. Prior to joining Gatsby Jenifer was inaugural Director of the National STEM Centre. Before this she worked at the Centre for Innovation and Research in Science Education at the University of York, with a focus on curriculum development, and the Association for Science Education. She studied Genetics & Cell Biology at the University of Manchester, and taught for 12 years in secondary schools in the North West of England. Currently Jenifer is working on projects to support the delivery of technical education in the further education and training sector and professional registration for IT technicians.

Kate Ford
Kate Ford is a Communications Officer in the Education team, working to strengthen the communication aspects of a number of our projects. Prior to joining Gatsby, Kate worked at BBSRC developing content that raised awareness about the importance of UK bioscience via social media, blogging and video. She worked at the British Wildlife Centre whilst studying Biology at the University of Sheffield.

Jenni French
Jenni is a Programme Manager in the Education team. She looks after a range of projects, particularly focussing on work to recruit and retain physics teachers. Jenni studied Physics with Astrophysics at Birmingham University and has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College. She worked at NESTA and the government-funded Science Year / Planet Science campaign before joining Gatsby.

Beth Jones
Beth is Programme Manager for the Education team focussing on a number of areas including Gatsby’s work to improve career guidance in schools and supporting practical science in 11-19 science education. Before joining Gatsby Beth studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then spent several years teaching in the informal education sector running outreach programmes in South London.

Ginny Page
Ginny is a Director of Programmes in the Education team. Previously she was Director of the Gatsby Plant Science Education programme (including Science and Plants for Schools – SAPS) at the University of Cambridge, and before that led the Education team at the Royal Society. She has a BSc in Ecology, an MSc in Science Communication, and experience as a support worker in an FE college. Currently Ginny is working on projects to strengthen practical science in schools, and is exploring the role of Higher Education Institutions in the development of technical and professional education.

Michelle Rea
Michelle is Programme Communications Manager in the Education team, working to strengthen the communication aspects of a number of our projects. Michelle worked at the Local Government Association prior to joining Gatsby and has previously led on a range of communications activities for the London Development Agency and EU-funded peace and reconciliation projects in Northern Ireland. Michelle studied English and Film Production at the University of Stirling and also holds an MSc in Public Relations.

Daniel Sandford Smith
Daniel is a Director of Programmes in the Education team. He studied Physics at Sussex University and then taught in London schools for 10 years, during this time he undertook a Masters in science education before moving to work for the Association for Science Education. He then joined the Institute of Physics where he worked on issues related to the uptake of physics in schools. Currently Daniel is working on a range of projects to support the development of intermediate STEM skills including projects on technician registration and technical qualifications.

Jean Scrase
Jean is a Programme Manager in the Education team and is currently working on projects that support the development of intermediate level STEM skills and technician registration. Jean studied Applied Biology at Nottingham Trent University and taught in Further Education for ten years. She then co-directed a company supporting applied science and engineering education projects and was Head of Learning at Salisbury Healthcare Trust. More recently Jean has worked on curriculum and professional development projects for the Nuffield Foundation and Gatsby’s Science Enhancement Programme.

Hannah Stanwix
Hannah is a Project Officer in the Education team. Hannah holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield and, prior to joining Gatsby, worked in science publishing overseeing medicine- and chemistry-focused journals. Currently Hannah is working on projects to support the delivery of technical education in the further education and training sector.