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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Professor Becky Parker


Director, Institute for Research in Schools | Visiting Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy



After a physics degree and research at the University of Chicago, Becky taught in a variety of schools and was Senior Lecturer in physics at the University of Kent.  She is now Director of the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) based at the Science Museum and she teaches physics in Sheffield.  IRIS supports school students and teachers doing authentic research through a wide range of projects in STEM. We support the teacher as researcher and also those in academia and industry to have a sustained engagement with schools.

Becky was awarded an MBE in 2008 and received Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Physics in 2014.  In the summer of 2016 she was awarded the Kavli Education Medal from the Royal Society.