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Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH)

Meet the team

Meet the people who make SEERIH what it is.

  • Eleanor Atkinson

    Eleanor Atkinson

    SEERIH Consultant: Eleanor has a wealth of experience in primary science education, teaching science for 16 years across mainstream and SEND schools. In 2015 Eleanor was awarded a Primary Science Teaching Award and became a lifelong Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust. She is also an assessor and Hub Leader for the Primary Science Quality Mark, presents EYFS CPD for the Ogden Trust and co-ordinates a PSTT cluster of schools.

  • Lynne Bianchi

    Dr Lynne Bianchi

    Director of SEERIH: Lynne specialises in science and engineering education, with a specialism in the primary phase and student-led learning. She became Director of the SEERIH in 2014. She has a well-established profile in the areas of teaching, learning and assessment of school science and engineering, and cascades learning by working with in-service teachers.

  • Jon Chippindall

    Dr Jon Chippindall

    SEERIH Senior Professional Development Champion (Engineering): Jon is a primary school teacher and Computing Leader at Crumpsall Lane Primary School as well as a visiting academic at The University of Manchester where he champions engineering for SEERIH and runs the Computing Primary PGCE.

  • Lindsey Gage

    Lindsey Gage

    SEERIH Business Officer: Lindsey joined the SEERIH team in September 2022. For the previous 4 years she has been working as a Social Responsibility Project Officer within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, during which she has worked with numerous schools on science and engineering outreach activity and public engagement events. She holds a BA and MSc and has been working for the University since 2015.

  • Kate Goodier

    Kate Goodier

    SEERIH Administration Assistant and Campaign Administrator for the Great Science Share for Schools; Kate joined the team in 2020 with a background in primary school and higher education administration.

  • Aaron Jones

    Aaron Jones

    SEERIH Campaigns Administrator: Aaron holds a BA in History and MA in Religions and Theology. He has extensive experience in higher education administration having previously worked in procurement and student recruitment. He joined SEERIH in 2022 and has been with the University since 2019.

  • Nada Mahyoub

    Nada Mahyoub

    SEERIH PhD Student: Nada is a qualified secondary school science teacher with a background in Biomedical Science. Additionally, Nada is a STEM Ambassador and often participates in STEM events, supporting local primary and secondary schools in Greater Manchester. She also works in the NHS as a Biomedical Support Worker.

  • Grace Marson

    Grace Marson

    SEERIH Consultant: Grace works as a PGCE Science Tutor for Keele and North Staffordshire Education and as an NQT coach for Science Across the City. She has worked in the charity and youth work sectors and subsequently spent most of her teaching career as a Science Subject Leader. She joined the SEERIH team as a Great Science Share for Schools Regional Champion in 2021 and now has a leading role in the Subject Leader Networks and other SEERIH projects.

  • Amanda Poole

    Amanda Poole

    SEERIH Campaigns Coordinator: Amanda is a Chartered Science teacher and has had an extensive teaching career, firstly in secondary education as a physics advanced skills teacher and later in primary education as an assistant headteacher and primary science specialist teacher. Amanda is engaged in a variety of science education consultancy roles including the School Culture Lead for The Ogden Trust.

  • Christina Whittaker

    Christina Whittaker

    SEERIH Senior Professional Development Champion: Tina has a wealth of experience in improving learning through effective teaching in primary science. She was the Director of the Regional West Midlands Science Learning Centre but more recently, is a freelance consultant. She contributes to SEERIH's strategic planning, action research and the interface between policy and practice.

  • Julie Wiskow

    Julie Wiskow

    SEERIH Teacher Champion; Julie has experience in education and technology-based companies, having spent 10 years working in technology and marketing roles, before becoming a primary school teacher. Over the past few years, she has developed several whole school STEM projects and took on a Space Ambassador role for ESERO delivering CPD to schools in Cheshire East and Stoke.