Educator

From August 2012, Nick has been seconded on a Teaching Fellowship to Edinburgh University’s Moray House. He teaches on the PGDE Primary Science, PGDE Secondary Physics and General Science and BEd Primary Science strands.

Nick is a GTCS registered teacher of Physics, Science and Mathematics. He earned his PGCE at Edinburgh University’s School of Education at Moray House, graduating in 2004 and serving his probationary year at Buckhaven High School, Methil.

From 2005 to 2012, Nick taught Physics and Mathematics at Kirkcaldy High School with a 2-year secondment as Principal Teacher of Physics at Glenwood High School during 2008-10.

Nick was a marker for the SQA Higher Physics exam in 2012-13 and the Advanced Higher Physics Investigation in 2013.

The Institute of Physics (IoP) is active in supporting education. Nick served as a member of the IoP in Scotland committee (Sept 2011-Oct 2013) and is an active member of the IoP’s education committee (Feb 2010-date).

Previously to becoming a teacher, Nick was often contracted to deliver training courses in industry on programming, databases, object-oriented design and project management. Specific technologies include Microsoft Visual Basic, Access, SQL Server and IIS; Adobe PDF (the language); MySQL; Linux and Apache.

Nick is able to offer specific technology updates and seminars such as the Channels of Engagement half-day workshop for SSERC in 2010. Other CPD delivered by Nick includes:

  • 2011 Professionally relevant structures A workshop related to CfE
  • 2010 Online survey tools A workshop
  • 2009 The Rank Prize Fund’s Optoelectronics College, IoP Stirling Meeting, with Michael Walker, Robert Gordon’s College