Use your PhD to teach, research and make a difference

Amelia Marks RIS Teacher

Dr Amelia Marks made the switch from research to teaching after enrolling on the Maths and Physics Chairs programme, delivered by Researchers in Schools (RIS). Dr Marks tells us about the effectiveness of this specialist route into teaching designed for candidates who have a PhD, where  early preparation and practical learning will equip you with the skills to become an effective classroom teacher

“From the initial summer training before going into schools, to the weekly sessions from our school and RIS, these have equipped us with the skills required to become effective teachers, including communication, leadership and classroom management," says Dr Marks, who now works as a physics teacher at The Streetly Academy in Birmingham. 

Prior to starting in the classroom, Dr Marks completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, continuing her research into climate change and the effects of human pollution at the National Physical Laboratory. 

Dr Marks has nothing but praise for the delivery of the programme; you'll be based in a school, and also given dedicated time to complete research-driven activities focused on increasing attainment and widening participation.

“Being based within a school has meant we are able to trial and develop new skills in the classroom and continuously develop our teaching practise.”

Training to teach through Researchers in Schools provides you with an invaluable skill set.

To find out more about the unique benefits of RIS, including the salary uplift and honorary research associate status - visit the RIS website

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Lancaster

Application workshop Leicester

24 May 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

Leicester

Application workshop London

24 May 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

London

Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.