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David Read

University of Southampton, UK
Principal Teaching Fellow

David was a member of the RSC’s Education Division Council from 2009 until 2012, and has been a member of the editorial board of Education in Chemistry since 2009, holding the position of chair since December 2010. David has also worked with a number of A-level awarding bodies, advising on changes to specifications and providing viewpoints from both sides of the school-university divide. David has spoken at a number of international conferences, including an invited keynote at the International Conference on Chemical Education in Sri Lanka and an invited lecture at the European Conference on Research in Chemical Education in Finland, both in 2014.

David received a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award in 2008 for his role in integrating new forms of learning technology in teaching in Chemistry. In 2010, David was the recipient of the RSC’s Higher Education Teaching Award and the 'Most effective use of video in an educational context' award from the Association for Learning Technology. David’s contributions were recognised by students when he was awarded the 2014 ‘Lifetime Achievement Award: Teaching and Learning’ for the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences after being nominated by students in Chemistry and on the Science Foundation Year. David became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014.

In his first two years at Southampton, David worked with Professor Gill Reid, who was then Director of Outreach, and to expand the programme of outreach with local schools and colleges. In 2010 David took on the role of Director of Outreach in Chemistry, in which he has ensured that work with the young scientists and citizens of the future remains an important feature of activities in the department. Interactive talks, featuring the use of zappers, have been in great demand, with different versions being given to youngsters at different levels of education from ages 10-18. A talk on biofuels and sustainability has proved to be particularly popular, and David has delivered the talk to over 8000 pupils in the South East and beyond over the last 7 years. This particular talk includes discussion of the cutting edge research being done at Southampton in the fields of catalysis, fuel cells and lithium ion batteries.

David worked closely with a number of regional Science Learning Centres to design and deliver a range of CPD courses for practising chemistry teachers and continues to facilitate such courses in various parts of the country. He has also worked with a large number of teachers in schools and colleges locally and nationally to promote the implementation of a range of new initiatives, including the use of voting technology, educational video and ‘flipped teaching’. These activities have contributed to successful action research projects, some of which have been discussed in articles written for Education in Chemistry and other publications.

David retains a strong interest in primary and secondary education, having spent a great deal of time in schools and colleges since 2007. A review of the content of A-level chemistry and the prospects for students embarking on chemistry degrees from 2010 onwards has been produced for use by colleagues across UK HE. David has also commented frequently in Education in Chemistry and other outlets on matters of concern in STEM education.