Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Dr Michael Inglis

Lecturer in Science Education

I joined the University of Leeds in 2012. I was previously a teacher educator at Liverpool John Moores University and a physics teacher in secondary schools in London and Hertfordshire. I have a PGCE in Secondary Science (Physics) Education and a PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.

Throughout 2006-2007 I worked in Ethiopia with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas1), where I supported teacher educators and school teachers as part of a national CPD programme.

Before becoming a teacher I worked in the oil industry as a geophysicist with Texaco, where I designed and managed the acquisition and processing of seismic data. I have a BSc in Physics and an MSc in Geophysics.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in the areas of pre-service teacher education and the teaching and learning of science. My doctoral research was on student teachers’ experiences and subject knowledge conceptualisations during a pre-service Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. SKE courses support graduates without a physics Bachelor degree to develop their knowledge of physics so they can then enter a pre-service PGCE course to become secondary school physics teachers. I was recently the co-investigator, with Dr Indira Banner, for a project funded by the Ogden Trust to evaluate one of its School Science Partnerships. I also developed chapters for a recent book about implementing effective practical work in school science, edited by Ian Abrahams and Michael Reiss. I am currently developing research with colleagues at King’s College London and Southampton University about Physics PGCE students’ experiences of selecting a pre-service route.


I lead the Secondary PGCE programme and teach the Physics PGCE course. I am also involved in teaching and co-developing the PGCert in Education programme for the Red Kite Alliance SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training). I currently co-supervise five doctoral researchers and supervise student dissertations on the MA Teaching and MA Education and Professional Enquiry programmes.

Key Publications

Journal Articles

  • Inglis MA, ‘The development of physics subject knowledge by student science teachers’, Hilary Place Papers, 1 (2014), 1-11

  • Inglis MA, Mallaburn A, Tynan R, Clays K, Jones RB, ‘Insights from a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course for Preparing New Chemistry and Physics Teachers’, School Science Review, 94.349 (2013), 101-107

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