I have a background in Biological Sciences, having graduated from Sheffield University and researched at Liverpool University. I then went on to qualify as a secondary science teacher and work in Knowsley and Lancashire schools for a number of years. Whilst working in Lancashire I became head of Biology and completed an MSc in Education. I helped to set up the PGCE in secondary science at Hope in 2003 and am now subject leader for the course. My research interest is Science Education with a particular interest in the contribution of practical work and field work to science education at a secondary level.