Dr Kathy Fawcett

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About me

I am a senior lecturer in Science Communication and teach at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, focussing on science in public spaces, including science centres and museums.


My first degree was in Botany at the University of Bristol, where I also completed my PhD into the effect on plant growth of soils contaminated with heavy metals. After a spell looking at plant responses to UK fall-out from Chernobyl I spent 13 years as a Secondary Science teacher and Assistant Head of Sixth Form. Most recently I have been Education Manager at We The Curious Science Centre in Bristol, leading the creative development of a programme of activities and events for 70,000 visitors each year.

I contributed to the AQA General Studies A-level programme, particularly the Science and Society modules and, with (then) Bristol Lord Mayor Clare Campion Smith, created Bristol Girls Make It, an initiative aimed at promoting girls and women in STEM.

Area of expertise

science communication, education, environmental science, botany


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