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Simon Quinnell



I am the Curriculum Area Lead for the Science PGCE Programme at the University of York. In this role I develop and support trainee science teachers as they progress through their Initial Teacher training programme. I have been involved in science education throughout my career and am extremely passionate about effective science teaching and learning and promoting the importance of science education and its impact on students and wider society.

I have worked in various science education sectors including secondary schools, further education colleges and in the private sector for STEM Learning. I started as a school science technician before gaining my PGCE and then working as a teacher. In 2005 I left Tower Hamlets College to become a professional development leader at the National Science Learning Centre (STEM Learning). During my time at STEM Learning I was involved in many science education projects and designing and delivering residential CPD experiences for science teachers and technicians from across the UK. I am also very closely involved with external science education organisations such as the ASE, RSC, IOP, SAPS and CLEAPSS.

I now support trainee teachers to become effective, knowledgeable and engaging practitioners to ensure future generations are scientifically literate.

Departmental roles

  • Curriculum Area Lead PGCE Science

External activities


  • Member of the Association of Science Education and Chair of the association 2020-21
  • Chartered Science Teacher CSciTeach

Invited talks and conferences

  • Invited talks and conferences
  • International STEM Conference 2018
  • Association of Science Annual Conference 2009-18
  • ASE National Technicians Conference 2010-19
  • BETT 2010

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44(0)1904 326377