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Science Careers Outside the Lab: Science Communication, Education and Outreach

Working in science communication, education and outreach is all about making science and research accessible and engaging to others.

Date/Time: 16 March 2021, 14:00-15:00

Venue: Online

Join this session to hear from science professionals and Newcastle University graduates working in a range of science communication, education and outreach roles, including science publishing, museum education, communications, medical writing and teaching.

This session will help you:

  • learn about the range of job roles for science graduates in communication, education and outreach
  • chat with science professionals and Newcastle University graduates working in these areas
  • understand how to enhance your chances of success when applying for roles in science communication, education and outreach


Sadie Bright, STEM Editorial Project Manager, Oxford University Press

I graduated in 2013 with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bath. Shortly after graduation, I started at Oxford University Press with the UK Secondary Science Editorial team on an 8-week internship, and never left! As an Editor, then Development Editor, I worked on text books, teacher guides, and digital resources and assessment for all three sciences from ages 11 to 18 for the UK schools market. After a 6-month secondment into the International team at OUP, where I worked on various IB, iGCSE, and Caribbean curricula products, I returned to the UK team as the Project Manager for UK STEM. In this role, I am responsible for managing the STEM team’s resources (e.g., budget and team capacity) as well as working across departments to support the delivery of strategic projects.

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Dr. Kate Holden, Learning Officer, Great North Museum: Hancock

My first degree is in Geography and my PhD is in Luminescence Dating, which is a method of dating sediments. I worked as a postdoctoral research assistant for three years then was a Lecturer in Geography for seven years, continuing with research alongside teaching and student support. Made redundant from a temporary contract, I finished the research project I was engaged with as a consultant. I then stayed at home with my children for several years, after a while volunteering in their school.

I was appointed as an Assistant Learning Officer at the Great North Museum: Hancock in 2012 and worked for six years co-ordinating the science programmes until I was promoted to Learning Officer three years ago. As Learning Officer, I manage the team who create and deliver our learning programme, including workshop sessions, support resources for visits, family activities, exhibitions and a public events programme. Another important component of my role is to work with academics to translate work at the research frontier into a form which resonates with a non-specialist audience.

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Laura Holland, Director of Communications and Culture, Rosalind Franklin Institute

Laura is the Director of Communications and Culture at The Rosalind Franklin Institute, a new life sciences research institute based in Oxfordshire. Prior to that, she was Engagement Manager at Diamond Light Source, a particle accelerator used for research, where she led public engagement and postgraduate engagement programmes. She also led the Newcastle Science Festival. Laura holds a BSc in Cell Biology from the University of Durham. She also has a Research Master’s in Medical and Molecular Biosciences from Newcastle University and a PGDip in Science Communication from The University of the West of England, which she completed alongside her work at the Diamond Light Source.

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Adam Jowett, Medical Writer, Ashfield (UDG Healthcare)

I’m a Medical Writer at Ashfield MedComms. I studied Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem at Newcastle University, graduating in 2018. My role as a medical writer mainly consists of collaborating with my team to create high-quality scientific content, such as congress materials, educational pieces, and publications. Working in medical communications is a fantastic opportunity to apply and develop my scientific knowledge and communication skills.

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Lucy Mason, Participant Development Lead, TeachFirst

After studying Biological Sciences at Oxford, I started teacher training with Teach First in 2010. I was a secondary science teacher at a girls’ school in Central London, within walking distance of London Zoo! I loved education, and remained in teaching when I moved back up north to be near family. In 2016, I started work for Teach First in teacher training. I’ve held a number of roles now at Teach First, and am currently working on designing and delivering training for science teachers, which I love!

Simon Woolliams, STEM Development Editor, Oxford University Press

Simon studied for his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of St Andrews and gained a Master’s degree in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology.  After dabbling in intellectual property and training to be a teacher, Simon began working on creating educational resources, which led to his current role as a development editor at Oxford University Press.  In addition to handling customer queries, he is helping to design more effective maths products for both national and international markets.

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