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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.

  • 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.

  • Dr Amy Bonsall

    Dr Amy Bonsall

    SEERIH Research Associate: Amy is the research associate within SEERIH. She is also a drama specialist and practitioner. She is a qualified secondary teacher and is passionate about being a bridge between academic scholarship and practice. She is the founding director of the Women in Academia Support Network #WIASN, which is a global network of nearly eleven thousand women academics.

  • 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.

  • Rose Edmonson

    Rose Edmonson

    SEERIH Teacher Fellowship: Rose is a science teacher at Falinge Park High School in Rochdale. She has experience of teaching in both primary and secondary phases and is an active member of the Association for Science Education. Rose’s key responsibilities are co-developing the 2020 and 2021 Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge and enhancing participation of widening participation schools in the Great Science Share for Schools.

  • Steph Hepworth

    Steph Hepworth

    SEERIH Business Coordinator: Steph is a qualified primary school teacher and Forest School Leader, with a background in environmental education, project and marketing management. In addition to supporting the work of SEERIH, Steph is the campaign manager for the Great Science Share for Schools.

  • Helen Spring

    Helen Spring

    SEERIH Professional Development Champion: Helen is an experienced primary school teacher and Forest School Leader, with a background in environmental education, primary science and CPD delivery. Helen works as a Primary Science and Outdoor Learning Specialist. Helen leads Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) hubs in Yorkshire and Manchester, acts as an Associate Consultant for SEERIH and manages the education programme at Howsham Mill in North Yorkshire.

  • Bryony Turford

    Bryony Turford

    Senior Professional Development Champion (Science): Bryony is an experienced primary teacher who now acts as a coach and consultant to support in-service primary science teachers across Great Manchester, Yorkshire and the Humber. She is a successful author with a specialism in publications related to enquiry-based learning, teacher professional learning and leadership.

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    Rebecca Unwin

    SEERIH seconded secondary teacher: Rebecca is a Science Teacher at Falinge Park High School in Rochdale. She has worked alongside local Rochdale Primary Schools to develop a common language for scientific enquiry. She has organised and hosted a satellite event for over 1000 pupils to take part in the Great Science Share from across Rochdale. Rebecca is currently seconded to SEERIH, where she is the project manager for the Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge.

  • 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.