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PERG Members

Dr Alison Voice

Alison is head and founder of the Physics Education Research Group at Leeds University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) with a PGCE and 30 years experience of teaching Physics. Her interests in student education are wide ranging, with particular focus on collaborative learning /peer instruction, engaging students in physics as a discipline and not as disparate modules, and the link between career preparedness and academic performance. 

Alison Voice

Dr Samantha Pugh

Samantha is a Lecturer in STEM Education and Teaching Enhancement and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her key interests include transforming curricula through the involvement of employers in design and delivery; mentorship programmes such as Peer Assisted Learning, and understanding the impact of cultural capital on student and graduate outcomes. She has been sector leading in embedding enterprise and entrepreneurship within the curriculum in Maths and Physical Sciences, and this was recognised when she was a finalist for the NCEE Enterprise Educator in HE in 2014. She also committed to leading and inspiring colleagues to shape teaching through pedagogic research and scholarship at Leeds 

Dr Robert Purdy

Robert is a lecturer in Physics and Admissions Tutor for the School of Physics and Astronomy. His background is in Theoretical and Particle Physics. He also has experience in statistical analysis in the fields of Forensic Psychology and Public Health. Robert's research interests in relation to Physics Education include (1) the appropriate use and embedding of digital technologies in teaching practices, (2) the implementation of blended learning, (3) student revision techniques, (4) the use of alternative and innovative methods of assessment, (5) the impact of culture on teaching and learning in Physics, and (6) making Physics accessible to the layperson. 

Dr Mike Ries

Dr ME Ries is a Royal Society Industry Fellow working on cellulose research and a University Teaching Fellow looking at ways of improving physics undergraduate education and engagement. He is particularly interested in the use of online and interactive material to enhance the understanding of Maxwell’s equations. He had made an online virtual nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, produced online resources to help with vector calculus  and has recently had an iOS app published that helps students revise Maxwell’s equations. 

Dr Pete Hine

Peter is the Undergraduate Laboratory Manager as well as being a Senior Research Fellow and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Peter is passionate about the teaching of practical physics and takes a leading role in research, innovation, design and implementation for all our core Laboratory Modules with the aim of helping our students to build all the necessary skills to become independent research physicists by the end of their courses. 

Erin McNeill

Erin is the Physics & Astronomy Outreach Officer and partly funded by the Ogden Trust, an organisation dedicated to promoting the study of physics at university and beyond.  Erin has a materials engineering degree from the University of Toronto and a strong background outreach and it's impact in influencing higher education decisions.  Erin is passionate about making physics an accessible subject to people from all backgrounds and learning styles, particularly through multiple-interaction workshops that confront gender bias and reinforce physics as a subject for everyone! 

Sinead D'Silva

Sinead is a PhD researcher based in the School of Physics and Astronomy, with collaborative elements in the School of Education. Her background is in Sociology (BA), and Social and Cultural Geography (MA), with experience in research and evaluation of interventions for social change. Her current research attempts to critically analyse student engagement with their graduate prospects in undergraduate Physics, focusing on how students negotiate their time at university to influence their employment prospects and the role of social and cultural capital therein. 

Associate PERG Members

Dr Emma Pittard

Emma is the physics tutor on the Science Foundation Years taught within the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) at The University of Leeds. She has been teaching Physics for over 20 years, encompassing all ages and abilities, and has never lost enthusiasm for the subject. After completing a PhD in experimental nuclear physics, Emma taught at HE Level before gaining qualified teacher status and teaching at a comprehensive school in East Leeds for a number of years. Emma returned to HE to undertake a role in the School of Physics and Astronomy supporting students taking year 1 physics and mathematics modules, before moving to the LLC. Emma is committed to giving students a solid understanding in all core areas of Physics together with excellent problem-solving skills, to enable them to progress onto Physics and Engineering degree courses with confidence. She is particularly interested in developing ways to help students with the transition between further and higher education. 

Professor Jim Ryder

Jim is Professor of Science Education in the School of Education at Leeds. He is editor of the international research review journal Studies in Science Education, and Secretary of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, has a PhD in condensed matter physics and has taught science/physics in secondary schools in the UK. His research examines attempts to develop a school science education that supports people’s engagement with science outside of formal schooling. He has conducted a number of studies into the development of students' ideas about the nature of science at both secondary school and university level and has investigated the experiences of teachers as they engage in teaching/learning about the nature of science. His current research examines the varying ways in which schools, teachers and students respond to major national curriculum and assessment reforms. 

Dr Michael Inglis

Michael is a Lecturer in Science (Physics) Education in the School of Education, where he is a member of the Centre for Studies in Science and Mathematics Education (CSSME). He has a BSc in Physics, an MSc in Geophysics and worked in the oil industry as a geophysicist before becoming a secondary school physics teacher and then an academic in teacher education. Michael’s main research interests are in the teaching and learning of physics and teacher education. His doctoral research was in student teacher physics subject knowledge development. Michael recently contributed to a book about implementing effective practical work in school science education.