March 10th 2020 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Speakers

Keynote speakers

Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Science

Richard Lochhead MSP

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

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. He was the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment from 2007 to 2016. Mr Lochhead lives with his wife Fiona and sons Angus and Fraser. In his spare time he is a keen cyclist.

Helen Czerski

Helen Czerski

Physicist, Oceanographer, Broadcaster

Helen Czerski is a physicist, first and foremost, but she’s acquired a few other labels along the way: oceanographer, presenter, author and bubble enthusiast.

Helen has presented documentaries on a wide range of subjects relating to physics in general, and also atmospheric and ocean science. She is passionate about conveying the beauty and ingenuity of the physical world around us, and the perspective on the world that science provides. 

Chairs

Chelsea Jarvie

Chelsea Jarvie

Cyber Security Consultant and STEM Ambassador 

Chelsea is the Director of CJ Cyber, a new security company passionate about driving forward modern security practices and ensuring security is an enabler to business delivery. Chelsea has worked as a cyber security consultant across public and private sector since she graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Ethical Hacking and has experience of establishing, coordinating and running security operations teams.

Chelsea is an advocate and leader with regards to diversity in digital and has been a STEM ambassador since 2012. She is a regular speaker at conferences and has been a judge for the Scottish Cyber Awards since 2018. Chelsea was named as a "Woman of the Future" by Equate Scotland in their "Leading Women of Scotland" publication and chosen as Code First Girls: One to Watch 2017

Bill Magee

Bill Magee

DigiComms Advisory/BizTech Columnist 

Ex-Reuters, Sunday Times, Scotsman business and finance correspondent, Bill operates his DigiComms advisory bureau out of Edinburgh and is a Biz/Tech columnist for Institute of Directors, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, Scots Financial Yearbook plus NEW DailyBusinessGroup.com; Harvard Business Review identifies Bill as a prioritiser and a planner in equal measures.

Neil McLennan

Neil McLennan

Senior Lecturer and Director of Leadership Programmes, University of Aberdeen

Neil McLennan is Senior Lecturer and Director of Leadership Programmes at University of Aberdeen.  He is a founder member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland where he also served as Co-Chair and General Secretary.  Neil chaired the Young Academy of Scotland Curriculum for Excellence Working Group during which time he coordinated the Numeracy Counts resource to encourage better links between numeracy and the workplace.  

Speakers

Grant Ritchie

Grant Ritchie

Principal and Chief Executive, Dundee and Angus College 

Grant has been Principal of D and A College for 5 years. His background is in Creative Industries and he has led two major capital projects for his College.  Grant chairs both the Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) and the College Principal’s Skilled Workforce Forum. Both groups are committed to the development of STEM education across the College sector and in regional economies. Grant also Chairs SQA’s HN Next Generation Steering group designing and developing new College provision across a range of industries. Under his leadership D and A College has earned a strong reputation for innovation, strong academic results and employer engagement. D and A College’s transformation project, Good to Great, won the 2018 Campbell Christie Public Service Reform award and has seen the college undergo significant modernisation based on data driven decision making.

Graeme Rough

Graeme Rough

Project Manager: Young STEM Leader Programme, SSERC

In my early career I worked in Mechanical Services Engineering before moving on to study Physics at University.  In 2007 I joined the teaching profession, becoming Faculty Leader of Science at Wallace High School in 2015.

In March 2019 I became the Project Manager for the Young STEM Leader (YSL) Programme at SSERC.  The YSL Programme is an incredible opportunity for all of Scotland’s young people to create and lead inspirational STEM activities, events or interactions in any context of their choice.  STEM is everywhere and in everything, and this programme empowers and mobilises young people to become positive role models in STEM and gain valuable certification in the process.  I look forward to sharing the exciting opportunities that the YSL Programme holds for you and the young people you work with

Margaret Ritchie

Margaret Ritchie

Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Glasgow 
Associate Tutor in Education, University of Glasgow 
Royal Academy of Engineering Connecting STEM Teachers Co-ordinator 

A highly qualified Chemistry and Education Specialist with extensive experience in Education, Academic Research, Industry and Public Engagement. An award winning STEM Co-ordinator, she has implemented numerous education linked initiatives. Passionate about Science and working with people allied to an inherent intuitiveness for understanding and engaging with young people to inspire and excite them regarding the opportunities that STEM subjects offer as a career choice. An accomplished conference presenter, writer, teacher and lecturer with a natural expertise in co-ordinating links between Schools, Industry, Universities, Government and the Public that promote Chemistry and STEM to support teachers and students. 

She led the largest number of Baccalaureate in Science projects (14). As Royal Society of Chemistry Education Co-ordinator (Scotland) she developed a strategic programme to support the STEM Ambassador Programme. While Curriculum Development Officer for Highland she initiated the Highland STEM Strategy involving senior pupils leading learning in Primary (now the YSL Programme). As Primary Science Development Officer for Highland she initiated Astrobiology for Primary schools involving Edinburgh University.     
Currently a Teacher Co-ordinator (Scotland) for the Royal Academy of Engineering, lecturer in the School of Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering and Associate Tutor in the School of Education, University of Glasgow.  

 

Paul Thomson

Dr Paul Thomson

Rector, Jordanhill School

Rector of Jordanhill School since 1997, Paul’s post combines the role of Principal of a 5-18 school with that of Chief Executive of the organisation.

Paul served two terms on the board of SQA chairing the Qualifications Committee and the Advisory Council. Previously he was a board member of the Scottish Examination Board 1990-98 and a member of the Education Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2008-2013. Paul was also a board member of Cancer Support Scotland 2013-19 and convenor of its Governance Committee.

Paul participated in the UK-China Bridge in 2014 and Jordanhill School now hosts a Chinese Language Centre. Previously he won the UK ICT Leadership Award in 2006.

Jordanhill celebrates its centenary in 2020 and a history of the school was published in November 2019.

Carrie Lindsay

Carrie Lindsay

Executive Director, Fife Council

Having left school at 16 to train as an Early Years Officer Carrie returned to study and became a teacher in 1987 in Fife where she learned the importance of effective pedagogy and valuing the views of children and young people. 

Carrie was Headteacher in Fife before moving into a QIO post in Angus Council.  On return to Fife in 2003 Carrie developed her role in Children’s Services working with schools and community planning partners to get the best possible outcomes for children and young people.

As Executive Director for Education and Children’s Services, Carrie continues to look for better connections across Children’s Services to support children, young people and their families and has an added role of Regional Improvement Collaborative Lead for South East Improvement Collaborative to make even wider connections.

In November 2019 Carrie also took up the role of President within the Association of Directors of Education Scotland (ADES).

Tom Harley

Tom Harley

Education Programme Manager, Skills Development Scotland

Tom entered the teaching profession in 2002 as a teacher of design and technoogy. Over the years he gained a wealth of experience within a wide variety of promoted roles. Latterly on secondment as the Foundation Apprenticeship Manager for Fife Council. 

In February 2019, Tom joined Skills Development Scotland as the Education Programme Manager. Within this role he works with Scottish schools and local authorities to shape and develop the systematic delivery of career education. 

Frances Docherty

Frances Docherty

Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, University of Glasgow

Frances is a lecturer in physical chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. She is a very active member of the University’s Chemistry Outreach Group (COG) which runs a number of STEM activities both in the University and externally. She has a particular interest in promoting STEM in rural and deprived areas. In 2019 she visited 45 of the country’s most remote and rural schools, engaged with 1,300 pupils, delivered 110 hours of professional learning for teachers, and held 8 community science events. One of her other interests is widening participation and she is co-ordinator of the annual Widening Participation Chemistry Summer School.

Joanna Maclean

Joanna Maclean

Head of eLearning and Professional Development, Kelvinside Academy

Joanna is a dedicated educator with over 28-years expertise in embedding technology to enhance lessons and engage students of all ages: nursery, primary, and secondary. She is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert and Apple Teacher. 

Her Primary school was the first in Scotland to receive the Digital Schools (DS) award in 2016, and her Secondary was the first in the UK and Ireland to receive this coveted award in 2017. She is currently a DS mentor helping other schools with their digital journey and is a member of Education Scotland’s ‘National Technologies Network’.

As well as pedagogical expertise Joanna administers all of the school's management information, virtual learning, elearning, 1-to-1 devices, MDM & BYOD systems and is certified in PRINCE2 Agile project management.

As school Regent and Head of Professional Learning (PL), she is also in charge of developing effective research-based 21st-century teaching techniques and is part of the GTCS's National PRD & PL Steering Group. She is a certified coach and empowers others through a culture of coaching. 

As part of a small team, she recently developed Scotland’s first practitioner-based distance learning teaching qualification (TQPR) endorsed by GTCS.

Joanna is currently working towards her PhD in Educational Technology at Lancaster University

 

Colin McLean

Colin McLean

Headteacher, James Gillespie’s Primary School

Colin is head teacher at James Gillespie’s Primary School in Edinburgh. Following a study visit to Estonia in 2018, Colin was inspired to improve Technology education in his school. Colin will present on the story of what happened next!

David Rigmand

David Rigmand

Principal Teacher, Brediland Primary

David Rigmand is Principal Teacher at Brediland Primary School in Renfrewshire. He completed his BA in Business and Psychology at Strathclyde University and his PGDE at The University of the West of Scotland. David was awarded the Court Medal in Education, by UWS following his postgraduate degree. 

At Brediland, David has developed the practice of STEM, leading the school to become a centre of excellence in the field. Brediland have developed partnerships in STEM with further education and industry, driving forward STEM capital through innovative experiences for pupils. 

Family learning has been key to progress at Brediland also as families across the school have completed exciting STEM activities at home and shared their experience.

David represented the United Kingdom at Science on Stage in Portugal last year. The conference brought the best STEM practice across Europe and Canada to one location and shared it via an exhibition and workshops. The international judging panel requested David speak during a highlight session at the event to showcase excellent practice from Scotland. 

David is currently developing partnership projects across Renfrewshire with Dr Patricia Munoz of Glasgow Caledonian University, participating in the West Partnership curriculum network and piloting the STEM Nation Award at Brediland.

Paul Tyler

Paul Tyler

Principal Teacher, Kirkhill Primary School

Paul is a Principal Teacher and STEM coordinator at Kirkhill Primary School in East Renfrewshire. He completed a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Leicester and worked for 8 years as a biomedical researcher. In 2007 he completed a PGDE in Primary Education at Strathclyde University and has been teaching and leading science since.

Paul is a fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust and an active member of the Association of Science Educators. He delivers teacher training and presents at conferences across the UK talking about his experiences teaching science.

In his previous school, Mearns Primary, he adapted the Science Capital Teaching Approach to use in a primary setting and led a three-year project to embed it throughout the school. The school developed nearly 100 partnerships with different organisations, businesses and industry to enhance STEM teaching in the school and as part of the Developing the Young Workforce programme.

Paul has a particular interest in parental engagement, Science Capital and Topical Science and writes a free monthly Topical Science Update for teachers. Be careful talking to him about primary science – you may be there a while!

Tracy Atkinson

Tracy Atkinson

Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, School of Education, University of Strathclyde

Tracy Atkinson is a Teaching Fellow in Digital Education in The School of Education at The University of Strathclyde. Her interests lie in technology-enhanced learning, and span both theory and practice: exploring the development and implementation of effective digital pedagogies, the use of digital tools to enhance teaching and learning and the impact of research and innovation on present and future practice. Further interests include the role of metacognition and self-regulation in relation to the use of technology. Tracy is a member of The School of Education Blended Learning Working Group. She is co-mentor for implementation within the School and for broader Faculty developments. She is jointly responsible for managing the integration of Digital Literacy and Computing Science across the BA Primary Education, and is Programme Co-ordinator for PGDE (Primary) Digital Education. She also leads a Primary/Secondary Professional Specialisation Module on Digital Pedagogy & Tools and teaches on a Masters module on the Philosophy of Technology and Education. Tracy is a member The Scottish Council of Deans of Education: Digital Teaching and Learning Group. She is also part of a Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Programme faculty-wide group exploring the use of social media and technology to enhance teaching and learning. She is currently working towards Certified Membership of The Association for Learning Technology.

Damian Nicholas

Damian Nicholas

Acting Head Teacher, John Paul II Primary School

I have dedicated my entire teaching career to supporting children and families from the Castlemilk area in Glasgow.  I started as a probationer teacher and have worked through the ranks to reach my current role as Acting Head Teacher of the school. 
I’ve witnessed substantial changes in Scottish Education such as moving from the 5-14 Curriculum to our current Curriculum for Excellence and I’ve seen many ‘new’ initiatives come and go.  However the most notable difference in the way that children learn and are taught in our school is through the use of digital technologies; I’m very excited to see where our digital journey takes us!

Nick Antonopoulos

Nikolaos Antonopoulos

Vice Principal, Research & Innovation

Nick is Vice Principal Research & Innovation and Merchiston Campus Principal at Edinburgh Napier University. 
  
Key responsibilities include the line management of three Deans of School as well as leadership & responsibility for all the University's research, innovation and commercial engagement activities including Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Nick also remains an active research Professor in Distributed Systems & Cloud Computing with over 150 peer refereed publications and about 2000 citations.

Prior to this role, Nick was Pro Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation at the University of Derby since March 2017. Between April 2014 - March 2017, Nick was the founding Dean of the College of Engineering & Technology and since December 2015 the University of Derby Technical Coordinator of the framework collaboration with CERN.

Until April 2014, Nick was Head of School of Computing & Mathematics and Assistant Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Business, Computing & Law in the same University. 

Prior to joining the University of Derby in March 2009 Nick was a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and Director of the MSc Degrees at the Department of Computing, University of Surrey, UK. Nick holds a BSc in Physics (1st class) from the University of Athens in 1993, an MSc in Information Technology from Aston University in 1994 and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Surrey in 2000. Prior to joining the academia he worked as a networks consultant for ICL and Fujitsu Services and was the co-founder and director of a company developing Web-based management information systems. He has successfully acted as expert witness in high profile legal cases involving email synchronisation systems. Nick has over 23 years of academic experience across multiple academic and senior leadership roles.

Nick is a Fellow of the Higher education Academy (FHEA), the British Computer Society (FBCS) and the International Academy, Research and Industry Association (FIARIA).