March 20th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Richard Lochhead MSP

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Scottish Government

Richard Lochhead MSP was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and 2003 via the North East regional list. During the second session of Parliament he stood down from his regional seat and was elected as constituency MSP for Moray in the by-election in April 2006.

Prior to becoming an MSP Mr Lochhead worked for Dundee City Council, and was also Alex Salmond's constituency office manager for four years.

Mr Lochhead lives with his wife Fiona and 2 sons.

Prof. Caroline Wilkinson

Director of Face Lab and Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University

Caroline has a background in art and science and her research and creative work sits at the forefront of art-science fusion and includes subjects as diverse as forensic art, human anatomy, medical art, face recognition, forensic science, anthropology, 3D visualisation, digital art and craniofacial identification. Caroline is a graduate of the University of Manchester, where she also led the Unit of Art in Medicine and received a NESTA fellowship to develop a 3D computerised facial reconstruction system for use in forensic and archaeological depiction. She moved to Liverpool from the University of Dundee, where she was Head of Human Identification in the award-winning Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification. Her high profile work includes facial depictions of Richard III, St Nicolas, J.S. Bach, Rameses II and Mary, Queen of Scots. Caroline is Director of the Face Lab, a research group that carries out forensic/archaeological research and consultancy work including craniofacial analysis, facial depiction and forensic art. Caroline is accredited as a forensic anthropologist Level I (craniofacial specialism) by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) and is an experienced forensic practitioner.

Jody Greig

Creative Director, Flummix® 

Jody Greig is the creative director of Flummix® and specialises in creating educational entertainment. He combines his skills and experience as a former teacher of computer science and professional entertainer to create meaningful and memorable learning experiences that fuse together the Performance Arts and STEM subjects. Jody is the author and publisher of Arithmetrix (Be A Number Ninja!), The Adventures of STEM Island, STEM-Antics and Computer Science FX.

Dr Kay Hack

Academic Lead for STEM, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Dr Kay Hack is the Academic lead for STEM with the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Her role with the HEA includes developing, managing and promoting excellence in teaching and learning, both generally and within STEM disciplines. She delivers a range of services to the HE sector, including supporting strategic leadership and change in HEIs and building and maintaining strong relationships with the STEM community, PSRBs, government and other organisations and individuals.

She has worked with a diverse range of Higher Education providers, including Russell Group, pre and post 1992 institutions, MillionPlus Universities, and College Based Higher Education (CBHE) providers, on key themes which aim to improve the student experience and outcomes, including:

  • Curriculum Review
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Flexible Learning
  • Students as Partners

In addition to these change programmes she has developed and delivered a range of programmes to meet specific institutional needs, including:

  • Teaching STEM disciplines in Higher Education (Pakistan, Uruguay, UK);
  • Professional Certificate in Academic Practice (Kazakhstan);
  • Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Turkey);
  • Teaching Enhancement Programmes (UK).

Kay is qualified to design and facilitate meetings and projects using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is an approach to facilitation that ensures all voices and viewpoints are captured, enabling the development of a shared understanding of issues, challenges or opportunities. Kay has successfully facilitated workshops using  LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® with a range of groups, from students to Vice-Chancellors.

Abbey Thomson

Day Operations Support and Project Technician and former Girls in Energy participant, Shell

Abbey is currently Day Operations Support and Project Technician at Shell. She was previously a participant in Shell's ‘Girls in Energy’, a programme which was launched in 2010 to increase the number of young women considering a career in STEM. You can learn more about the project here

Toni Scullion

Computing Science Teacher, St Kenigern's Academy

I am extremely passionate about teaching Computing Science, particularly getting more girls into the sector. I was a panel speaker for Tackling the Technology Gender Gap Together 2017, finalist for Scottish Women in Technology secondary teacher of the year 2017, awarded Cyber Security teacher of the year 2017 and Champion of Champions. Keynote speaker at Edutech conference Glasgow 2018, talking about addressing the gender gap in the classroom. 2018 SWIT Secondary Teacher of the Year.