Meet the 2023 Summer Camp Team



David Phillips was educated in the North-East of England, and at the University of Birmingham, [B.Sc. And Ph.D]. After post-doctoral experience in Austin, Texas, USA and more unusually as a Royal Society Academy of Sciences of the USSR Exchange Fellow in Moscow he began his academic career as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in the University of Southampton. In 1979 he was appointed Wolfson Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution, organizing the young people’s activities, giving over 110 lectures himself at the Ri, and the BBC TV Christmas Lectures in 1987 [joint with J.M.Thomas]. In 1980 he moved to Imperial College London, and served as Head of Department of Chemistry, then Dean of Sciences, and is now Professor Emeritus. His research has been in Photochemistry, and he is the author of more than 600 papers in this field, and holds the prestigious Porter Medal for work in this field.He was President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2010-2012, was elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 2015, holds honorary degrees from six UK universities, and the Faraday Award of the Royal Society for the public understanding of science. He was awarded OBE in 1997, and CBE in 2011.



My name is Philippa, and I have been working within chemistry for over 15 years. My key area of expertise is organic chemistry. I completed a Masters in Chemistry followed by a PhD, and then held a post-doctoral position in Switzerland. I taught chemistry at university-level for a number of years, and have now moved into the world of business.

As a teacher, I enjoy inspiring students to study chemistry and drawing attention to the chemistry that surrounds us. Chemistry is everywhere, and I have found that the more you learn and understand, the more fascinating it is. If I can successfully show students how great chemistry is, and where it can lead in terms of careers that can positively impact upon the world, then I will be happy!"



Hi, my name is Alan West, and I will be leading the STEM World Summer Camp at Uppingham in August; we have been running this type of programme for over 20 years both in the UK and internationally.

I set up Exscitec in 2000 to support students in gaining meaningful experiences of STEM. Students often ask how an Exscitec Camp is different from school. Our programmes and activities are based on hands-on experiential learning where students can work in teams to embark on genuine problem-solving supported by experts and enthusiastic mentors. Knowledge is important but equally important is being able to do something with knowledge. Working together to collaborate, create, think critically, and communicate are the key skills we aim to support and all of this within a fun packed programme of pastoral and academic activities. Come to join us!



My name is Jo Smith from A1 Training Services and I’m leading the First Aid training section of this year’s STEM camp. I have been working with youth groups for 20 years, and enjoy seeing people grow in confidence through learning. First Aid is a great skill to have, as it can help anyone in an emergency. The course includes theory, to gain a better understanding of first aid, and mainly focuses on the practical elements. This includes CPR, Casualty Positioning, Choking, group scenarios, and having fun!.



Scott Marley gained an MPhys in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Manchester in 2007 and shortly after, went on to work for Bradford University as the education officer for the Bradford Robotic Telescope. Since 2012, he has worked with many organisations to develop and lead their physics, maths, and astronomy outreach activities. These include summer schools at major universities, speaking at science festivals such as the Big Bang and hundreds of shows and talks in schools around the UK. He has also been a resident astronomer at a telescope in Namibia, taught astronomy on every inhabited island of the British Isles, and teaches engineering to sixth form students. His extensive experience of science and astronomy outreach enables him to answer some of the more difficult questions posed by young and enquiring minds!



Pat owns and developed all ability educational courses at he is currently and has been for the past 20 years acted as the Conference coordinator and Treasure for NISCA ‘the Northern Ireland careers teachers association’ He has worked with Sentinus, the main STEM provider for schools within NI as an associate for 14 years. Pat is an independent, self-employed project manager who has presented to over 20000 Irish students within the last year. Primarily delivering Employability workshops throughout the UK & Ireland he also offers a selection of STEM & leadership workshops. Pat specialises in Interview skills, Labour Market Information, Career Planning, Study skills, Mental well-being, Motivational experience of work presentations as well as both parent presentations and Primary and Secondary robotics. He has delivered both student and teacher training in Simple Robotics for the Ulster University at its 3 sites across Northern Ireland. He has also completed the Brathay leadership course in the Lake District and the Parallax Educators training course in the USA on Robotics. He delivers workshops to students from age 8 -18 years old, in addition to a range of introductory courses for teachers and student leaders. His STEM courses include Robotics for beginners, Secondary Science, Flight, Renewable Energy, Knex Building with motors, Geodesic Domes and Fun Mathematics. Pat was awarded the MBE in the 1995 New Years honours List.



With a background in medical research, James is a medical affairs consultant who works with pharmaceutical companies to make sure that medicines are used correctly to treat a range of diseases.

This medical science strand aims to bring together principles of all the STEM subjects and demonstrate their use in "real-world" applications of medical science.

Students will delve into the various types of biomedical science ranging from exploring the microscopic world of bacteria, to looking at the exciting anatomy of larger organisms such as mice and fish.

Do you have what it takes to be a medical scientist? During the week, we will be trying our hands at being medical scientists, finding out more about what causes diseases and how science is used in medicine. We will then challenge our laboratory skills whilst investigating some of the science used in the food industry.

Finally, students will have the opportunity to explore the physiology of whole animals and marine organisms, through dissections, animal models and pond dipping! We will study the amazing adaptations that not only help certain species to survive in the wild, but those that may help scientists in the future of medicine and scientific research.