The College is delighted to learn that Fellow Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Lisa’s work with Isaac Physics, supporting GCSE and A-Level education, and her current work with STEM SMART supporting disadvantaged pupils in Y12-13, have been ground-breaking in their approach to supporting pupils develop their STEM skills. She is currently also Vice President for Education at the Institute of Physics.
Lisa has been with the College since 2009, as Director of Studies, Tutor and Acting Senior Tutor at various points during that time, as well as supervising many generations of Natural Science students studying Physics. The innovative web-based Isaac Physics programme she initiated with the late Professor Mark Warner, has been transformative and helped many students in secondary schools get to grips with problem solving. The more recent STEM SMART (Subject Mastery and Attainment Raising Tuition) programme, which began last year, is a widening participation initiative, working in association with Isaac Physics, which provides free teaching and support to UK students who have experienced various kinds of educational disadvantage. STEM SMART is planned to expand to include a Biology stream (launching in September 2022) alongside the current Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry streams; and further funding is sought for continuing the programme and future expansion to include other subjects from 2024 onwards.