Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics (STEAM) Research Group

Group Leader(s): Professor Deb McGregor

Contact: +44 (0)1865 488355

About us

We engage in research related to pedagogy and learning across the curriculum subjects within STEAM contexts. The various projects bring together academics and practitioners working on a range of learning and pedagogic issues in order to facilitate change in practice in schools, colleges and higher education through evidence based-research and/or policy developments at local, regional or national levels.

We aim to:

  • undertake and promote high-quality research and scholarship in the field of STEAM pedagogy and learning
  • disseminate its research findings widely, through various means, including publications, electronic media, conferences and seminars
  • develop both critical and creative perspectives within STEAM
  • promote research focused on both practice and learning
  • seek funding for research from a wide range of sources
  • facilitate a research and discussion forum that will meet regularly throughout the academic year
  • liaise with other research groups both within the department and beyond
  • develop active networks both nationally and internationally.

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Debra McGregor

Professor Deb McGregor

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Name Role Email
Mr James Bird Senior Lecturer in Education
Dr Carmel Capewell Lecturer in Child Development and Education/SEN/Inclusion
Ms Clare Fenwick Programme Lead - Postgraduate Education
Ms Jane Fletcher Senior Lecturer in Primary Humanities & Early Years Education
Dr Nicoleta Gaciu Senior Lecturer in Education
Dr Karen Hosack Janes Senior Lecturer in Education
Dr Tracey Martin Millward Lecturer in Education
Dr Rachel Payne Deputy Head for Education and Student Experience
Ms Louise Price Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and Core Curriculum
Mrs Jo Skelton Senior Lecturer in Primary Maths and School Liaison
Professor Jane Spiro Professor in Education and TESOL, National Teaching Fellow
Dr Louise Stafford Programme Lead - Undergraduate Education
Dr Joanne Thompson Senior Lecturer in Primary Science Education
Ms Kimberly Waring Paynter Interim Programme Lead - Partnerships & Mentoring (Education)
Dr Debbie Wright Senior Lecturer in Primary English


Name Thesis Title Supervisors Completed
Polly Bell Creativity in arts and science classes Professor Deb McGregor


Ben Burbank Young children’s experiences of museums Professor Deb McGregor, Professor Mary Wild 2021
Robert Curry Exploring service development to scaffold cross-disciplinary critical maker-learning in a Higher Education Academic Library Makerspace: a case study through the lens of cultural-historical activity Professor Patrick Alexander 2021
Sally Howard Contrasting science inquiry learning across primary and secondary phases Professor Deb McGregor 2023
Kirstie Mahoney Young children learning through play Professor Deb McGregor