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