Richard Davies

Lecturer in Science Education

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 465383

Richard had a long, successful career as a teacher before joining the University as a lecturer in science education in 2010. He has held including Head of Science, Head of Chemistry, Head of Biology and member of a senior leadership team. This has given him a wealth of experience in school science teaching and school leadership.

Richard is a STEM consultant for the Royal Academy of Engineering. This involves facilitating an extensive network of school STEM clubs and contributing to the Royal Academy's general education work. In 2016 Richard co-wrote a successful Erasmus plus bid dedicated to girls' STEM participation.


Research Interests

  • STEM education

  • Promoting gender equality in science education

  • Working with NGOs and other universities and schools to promote STEM careers for girls

Research groups

  • Several collaborative research projects with colleagues in the faculty


Modules list

  • Science Method 1 and 2

Research PhDs

Richard welcomes applications for postgraduate supervision in his specialist areas of expertise.

Completed PhDs

Richard has supervised a number of MEd by Research students with a range of subject content that has included the impact of literacy on the gender gap in science education; how the actions of teachers affect the capacity of students to become effective independent enquirers; and gender performance differences in maths and science (in schools).

Teaching awards and accolades

  • MA in Science Education, University of York

  • PGCE, University of York

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Applied Biology, Hatfield Polytechnic

  • PGCE in Science Education, University of York

  • MA in Science Education, University of York

  • MRSA, Royal Society of Chemistry

External roles

  • STEM Consultant for the Royal Academy of Engineering on their Connecting Teachers project

  • Erasmus + GIST project