Dr Sarah Croke
I am a senior lecturer and theoretical physicist in the quantum theory group. I strongly believe in a research-led approach to teaching, both in terms of creating an undergraduate curriculum informed by cutting-edge physics, and in developing teaching practice informed by scholarship in teaching and learning. In educational research I collaborate with other members of APE on projects exploring students’ motivations for continued study in STEM, and on evaluating the impact of outreach events. I have a particular interest in scientific outreach, and in promoting diversity in STEM.
I am a strong advocate for science communication with schools and public audiences and have an extensive track record of engaging with such audiences throughout my scientific career. I have frequently lectured and mentored at summer schools for high school students, and now co-organise (with Peter Sneddon) the annual Quantum Technology School at the University of Glasgow, a two-day event aimed at 5th and 6th year school students.
I am chair of the Juno committee in the School of Physics and Astronomy, which promotes equality and diversity initiatives in the School. I have a long track record as an advocate in particular for gender equality in STEM, and am actively involved in a national series of Girls in Physics events in Scotland. Before moving to the University of Glasgow, I co-founded a conference for undergraduate women in Physics in Canada. In education research I am interested in exploring the differences in experiences of traditionally under-represented groups, with a view to supporting a diverse student body.