Dr Michael Inglis

Dr Michael Inglis


I joined the University of Leeds in 2012. I was previously a teacher educator at Liverpool John Moores University and a physics teacher in secondary schools in London and Hertfordshire. I worked in Ethiopia for 2 years (2006 & 2007) with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), where I supported teacher educators and school teachers as part of a national CPD programme. Before becoming a teacher I worked in the oil industry as a geophysicist with Texaco, where I designed and managed the acquisition and processing of seismic data.


  • BA Education Programme Leader

Research interests

My main research interests are in the areas of initial teacher education (ITE) and the teaching and learning of science. My doctoral research was on student teachers’ experiences and subject knowledge conceptualisations during a pre-service Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. I am a Co-Investigator (with Dr Gary Chambers) on The Linguistic Challenges of  the Transition from Primary to Secondary School, a 3-year project funded by ESRC and led by Prof. Alice Deignan. I am also a Co-Investigator on the ASCENTS 121 Support for Science project (1-2-1 Academically Asymmetrical Paired Tutoring in Science), an intervention funded by EEF and Wellcome, and led by Prof. Ian Abrahams at the University of Lincoln. I was recently the Co-Investigator, with Dr Indira Banner, for a project funded by the Ogden Trust to evaluate one of its School Science Partnerships. I also contributed chapters for a recent book about implementing effective practical work in school science, edited by Ian Abrahams and Michael Reiss. I am currently developing research with colleagues at King’s College London and Southampton University about the impact of recent policy changes on student science teachers' choices of ITE course.

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  • Doctorate in Education (EdD)
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • PGCE Secondary Science (Physics) Education
  • MSc Geophysics
  • BSc Physics

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Association for Science Education

Student education

I have several years experience as a teacher educator on Science PGCE and BSc with QTS courses, and I recently led the Secondary PGCE programme here at the University of Leeds. I now lead the BA Education programme and I also teach on the PGCert in Education course for the Red Kite Alliance SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training). I currently co-supervise five doctoral researchers and support a group of post-graduate research students to produce the School of Education on-line journal, Hillary Place Papers.

Current postgraduate research students

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