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Russell Shalofsky

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

Senior lecturer in Primary ITE and Education Studies


Following 10 years working as a secondary science teacher and another 22 working in Higher Education, I currently lead the PGCE Secondary Biological Science Programme. I also contribute to professional studies and primary science modules, and have previously led academic study skills and Thinking Skills modules. As timetable co-ordinator, I oversee the scheduling and rooming of all ITE modules. I also act as Academic Conduct Officer. My research interests relate to developing Science Capital, Assessment and the utilisation of AI.


  • B.Sc.Hons: Physics, University of Bristol, 1990
  • PGCE: PGCE Science Education, Canterbury Christchurch University College, 1991
  • MA.Ed: Masters in Education, Canterbury Christchurch University College, 2006
  • PGCertHE: Certificate in Higher Education Leadership & Management, University of Gloucestershire, 2016


I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the Association for Science Education and the Universtiy and College tutors Union.

Teaching & Research


I support students’ development of scientific and pedagogical understanding and the development of core graduate and academic skills. I support students in collecting and validating evidence to support the award of Qualified Teacher Status.


Developing Scientific Literacy in Primary and Secondary Schools


More publications from Russell Shalofsky can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Subject for media interview

Primary Science education, Initial Teacher Education, Quality Assurance and Enhancement in HE

External examining

External Examiner for Birmingham City University since 2013