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York Academic to Chair Panel on Science Curriculum

University of York

3:45pm 3rd December 2013

The Salters' Institute and the University of York have awarded the Salters' Chair in Science Education to Professor Judith Bennett.

The Salters' Institute and the University jointly fund the post which makes a key contribution to the development of curriculum innovation and research. The Salters' Institute has been a major supporter of science curriculum development projects at the University of York.

A leading academic in science education Professor Bennett, Head of the Department of Education at York for the last seven years, will take up the position in summer 2014. She will succeed Professor Robin Millar who is due to retire next year.

Professor Bennett was a science teacher in secondary schools for eight years, while also studying part-time for a PhD on gender issues in science education at King's College London. Subsequently, she has played a leading role nationally and internationally in shaping science education research. 

Director of the Salters' Institute, Sir David Harrison, said: "As Director of the Salters' Institute, I believe the appointment of Professor Judith Bennett to the Salters' Chair in Science Education at the University of York provides a fine successor to the previous distinguished holders of the post, namely Professor Sir John Holman and Professor Robin Millar."

Professor Bennett said: "Since the University of York Science Education Group was established 30 years ago by Professor David Waddington, it has had a huge influence on science teaching in schools, nationally and internationally.  I am honoured to be appointed to the Salters' Chair in Science Education and look forward to continuing this important work"

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