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New face in the Salters’ Chair in Science Education at York

Posted on 3 December 2013

The Salters’ Institute and the University of York have awarded the Salters’ Chair in Science Education to Professor Judith Bennett.


Professor Judith Bennett
The Salters’ Institute and the University jointly fund the post which makes a key contribution to the development of curriculum innovation and research. The Salters’ Institute has been a major supporter of science curriculum development projects at the University of York.

A leading academic in science education Professor Bennett, Head of the Department of Education at York for the last seven years, will take up the position in summer 2014. She will succeed Professor Robin Millar who is due to retire next year.

Professor Bennett was a science teacher in secondary schools for eight years, while also studying part-time for a PhD on gender issues in science education at King’s College London. Subsequently, she has played a leading role nationally and internationally in shaping science education research. 

I am honoured to be appointed to the Salters' Chair in Science Education and look forward to continuing this important work

Professor Judith Bennett

Director of the Salters’ Institute, Sir David Harrison, said: “As Director of the Salters' Institute, I believe the appointment of Professor Judith Bennett to the Salters' Chair in Science Education at the University of York provides a fine successor to the previous distinguished holders of the post, namely Professor Sir John Holman and Professor Robin Millar.”

Professor Bennett said: “Since the University of York Science Education Group was established 30 years ago by Professor David Waddington, it has had a huge influence on science teaching in schools, nationally and internationally.  I am honoured to be appointed to the Salters' Chair in Science Education and look forward to continuing this important work.”

Notes to editors:

  • The Salters’ Company is one of the Great Twelve City of London Livery Companies and was founded in 1394 for the medieval trade in salt.  The Company’s activities today are centred on charitable and educational giving.  The Salters' Institute, established in 1918, and now the Flagship Charity of the Salters' activities, aims to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young and to encourage careers in the teaching of chemistry and in the UK chemical and allied industries. The Institute’s three core activities are the Salters’ Chemistry Club and Salters' Festivals of Chemistry for 11 to 14 year olds; Salters' Chemistry Camps for those aged 15, in partnership with other scientific institutions, and Curriculum Development, undertaken at The University of York, under the direction of the Salters’ Professor of Science Education, which includes Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology, Salters Advanced Chemistry, Salters Horners Advanced Physics and Twenty First Century Science and the new KS3 project, ‘York Science’. Other Institute activities include: The Salters’ Graduate Prizes, Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Prizes, Salters Advanced Chemistry Prizes, Salters Horners Advanced Physics Prizes, Salters’ City and Guilds Prizes, and annual events including a Seminar on a current hot topic in Science Education, and culminating with the Salters’ Awards Ceremony which is held in November of each year at Salters’ Hall. http://saltersinstitute.co.uk/

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