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We need to consider the education of the scientist not just as science training, but as a social being and as someone responding to the environmental challenges. The presentation by Prof Nazira Karodia and Dr Neil Williams argues that science education should prepare a student to be an active member of society and be involved in environmental and social responsibilities. This insists on a conversation about the higher education science curriculum and the lack of diversity in the science curriculum content, teaching and learning practices. An inclusive curriculum framework which ensures that the principles of inclusivity are embedded within a wider student success strategy is the route to this.

Prof. Nazira Karodia

Nazira's interests are chemistry, teaching, promotion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) across the education spectrum, gender in science and educational research in all these areas. Her undergraduate studies were at the University of Natal, her PhD in chemistry from the University of St Andrews and her post-doctoral fellowship was at the Centre for Heterocyclic Chemistry at the University of Florida.

Nazira was recently appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor, Regional Engagement at the University of Wolverhampton; she was previously their Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Prior to this she was Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Bradford, Director of their STEM Programme and Associate Dean (Student Recruitment) for the Faculty of Life Sciences. During the life of the National HE STEM Programme, she was its Yorkshire, Humber and North East Regional Director.

Being passionate about student learning in STEM, Nazira’s work has focussed partly on recruiting hard-to-reach students, enriching student experience and engaging the academy in changing the environment not only for teaching and learning but for social equality. In 2014 Nazira was nominated for 175 Faces of Chemistry, and in 2015 Nazira became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Additionally being part of the Royal Society diversity programme ‘Parent Carer Scientist’ highlighting the personal and professional lives. She is currently a member of the RSC Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Dr Neil Williams

Dr Neil Williams FRSC, PFHEA is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing at Kingston University He is an associate professor in inorganic and environmental chemistry with current research interests in surface chemistry and the student learning experience. He has a long standing interest in supporting widening participation, developing inclusive curricula and closing awarding gaps. He is currently a member of the RSC Education Division Council.

Dr Natia Sopromadze

Dr Natia Sopromadze is a Research Assistant in Science Education at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton. She is also a Postdoctoral Research Officer in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. Natia is interested in how higher education transformations occur – from adapting global policies to local contexts, all the way to rethinking university leadership, effective teacher education, inclusive curriculum and future learning spaces. She has a keen interest in research methodology, particularly narrative, visual, digital and mixed methods at the intersection of disciplines. Natia currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Research Staff Forum in the Oxford Department of Education and is a member of the University of Wolverhampton decolonising science research team, which promotes diversity and inclusivity in science education at tertiary level.

Should you need further information or have any accessibility requirements, please contact Gita Sedghi, g.sedghi@liv.ac.uk .

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