Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Annie Russell

Student Engagement Facilitator


Professional Background

Annie joined the staff at the Dove Marine Laboratory in September 2009 as their Marine Education Officer. In this role Annie teaches various aspects of Marine Biology and Marine Engineering to School pupils ages from 5yrs to 18 yrs old.

Current Responsibilities

In August 2018, I moved positions to become part of a SAgE Faculty team working to support engagement with industry to enrich teaching, learning and the student experience. I work across Schools within the Faculty on initiatives that support:

  • Enhancing core knowledge

  • Developing generic & sector-specific graduate and professional skills

  • Improving employability

  • Raising awareness of career pathways and prospects

  • Exploring further study 

    Key activities:

  • Site visits

  • Industrial student-facing events

  • Placements (Short & long)

  • Careers Service liaison

  • Employer engagement 

  • Curriculum development projects

  • Oceans of Opportunity Careers Fair – annual

    Past Projects

  • Newcastle TEDx Conference, June 2014: My Experience of how to empower young people to communicate about the marine environment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQrz3H4-6fo

  • Royal society Partnership Grant - I’m an Alien, Get Me Out of Here

  • Facilitator of The College of Exploration’s Transatlantic Deep sea and Ocean literacy online workshop.  Linking marine educators with researchers. 

  • Regional curriculum Pilot Project

  • Blyth Tall Ships Education Program:  Tall Ships and The Journey to Discover Antarctica 3 year project teaching local school children about the amazing journey of Captain William Smith, from Blyth who discovered Antarctica.  This project will have a marine heritage and marine engineering focus.

  • Newcastle, Sustain Fish Campaign, Member of advisory group.

  • European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) committee member

  • Promoting ocean literacy.

  • Developing a regional maritime curriculum

  • Informal Learning Methods



  • MSc in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (distinction)

  • BSc Honours Degree in Applied Marine Biology (2.i)

  • PGCE in Secondary Science



  • Gebbels S, Cunningham A, ed. A Year in the Life of Our North East Coast: By the People Who Live Here. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University, 2012.
  • Russell A, Gebbels S. Creative teaching: How to create global coastal guardians. In: EMSEA (European Marine Science Educator Association) Conference. 2014, University of Gothenbug, Sweden. In Preparation.
  • Gebbels S, Russell A. The Future of online e-learning: An Online Workshop to Advance Transatlantic Ocean Science Literacy . In: EMSEA (European Marine Science Educator Association) Conference. 2014, University of Gothenbug, Sweden. In Preparation.
  • Russell A. How kids thrive. Newcastle University: TEDx Newcastle, 2014. Video.
  • Gebbels S, Russell A. Co-presented “Marine Education in Practice: The Development and Delivery of a NE Maritime Curriculum. In: EMSEA (European Marine Science Educator Association) Conference. 2013, Plymouth University. In Preparation.