Christopher Duff, STEM Projects Officer

As STEM Projects Officer, my role is to coordinate Science Oxford’s STEM Careers programme to inspire young people about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths by delivering careers days, work placements and STEM Insight Weeks. I have responsibility for coordinating the programme, including project management, delivery and impact evaluation.

A top priority is to develop our outreach activities to maximise their impact on the young people we engage with, whilst maintaining and strengthening our relationships with schools and businesses across the region. I would also like to seek out new opportunities to build our brand in line with the organisation’s vision, but more importantly its ethos.

The elements that attracted me to Science Oxford and the Oxford Trust are those which I have carried with me throughout my career. I am a firm advocate of the power of education to transform lives, and I am passionate about building bridges between schools, communities and industry to give all young people, regardless of their background, the opportunity to learn all about STEM through investigation and curiosity.

I have worked in STEM Outreach and Public Engagement for the last 10 years. My previous role was Head of STEM Networks at Winchester Science Centre, where I managed and coordinated both regional and national programmes. I was able to work directly with STEM Ambassadors to make real change, both in schools and in the community. I was particularly proud of working on an arts and astronomy touring planetarium show, which combined the interactive elements of a real theatre show, with the awe-inspiring immersive visual spectacle of a planetarium.

I have previously worked in the space industry for the National Space Academy, and I was fortunate enough to work alongside a group of talented teachers, who were able to design and build a series of schools experiments that were launched to the International Space Station, and are still there!

Outside my job, I am a keen cyclist and open water swimmer and I have swam the English Channel as part of a relay, where we crossed the channel in 12 hours and 22 minutes.

I am quite recently married with a young child, so I don’t think I’ll have much time for hobbies or anything else for that matter!

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