Bristol chemist recognised as one of the UK’s 'unsung heroes of science'
Press release issued: 11 March 2010
A chemistry teacher at the University of Bristol has been awarded a prestigious new award from the Royal Society, the national academy of science, for his inspriring engagement work in helping to promote science across the UK.
Tim Harrison, a School Teacher Fellow from the University’s School of Chemistry, was selected to receive one of the Royal Society’s new ‘Hauksbee Awards’, which have been specially created to recognise and reward the 'unsung heroes of science' for their excellent work and achievements. The awards will celebrate the contribution made by many individuals who support the discipline such as laboratory technicians, teachers and teaching assistants working in labs, research institutions and schools.
In his role as the Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow, Tim Harrison promotes chemistry through a variety of channels. These include conducting engaging and inspiring workshops across the UK and abroad to school students of all ages, through the organisation of conferences, laboratory workshops, competitions and summer schools. In addition, Tim Harrison works with postgraduate chemists in all aspects of science communication, including writing articles for school students and teachers, and working with teachers and trainee teachers through the School of Chemistry, the Graduate School of Education and Science Learning Centres.
Professor Tim Gallagher, Head of the School of Chemistry, said: "Tim Harrison’s contribution to schools and to school-age students has been phenomenal and this award recognises the scale and quality of what he has achieved. It is also important to recognise the major impact he has made within the School of Chemistry, and many undergraduates, postgraduates and staff have benefited as a result of having had Tim as a mentor.”
Professor Dudley Shallcross, Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Director, said: “Tim Harrison richly deserves this most prestigious award. He is passionate about science and is not only a first-class school teacher but also an outstanding science communicator.”
Professor Carol Robinson FRS, who chaired the ‘Hauksbee Awards’ selection committee, said: “Many laboratories and science classrooms could not operate but for the dedication and skill of individuals working behind the scenes. These people are devoted to their fields and inspire all around them. The ‘Hauksbee Awards’ are a way for us to take note of the excellent work being done by these individuals and thank them for their invaluable contribution to the sciences.”
The awards are being made as part of the Royal Society’s 350th Anniversary celebrations this year. The ten recipients were each presented with a Royal Society engraved bronze medal, scroll and £500 by Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, at a special ceremony held at the Society’s headquarters in London.