Dr Lindsay Hetherington
Senior Lecturer in Science Education, PGCE Secondary Programme Director


I am a Senior Lecturer in Science Education and former Secondary School Chemistry Teacher. I believe that science is fundamentally concerned with questioning and experimentation with the world. This core belief drives my work as both a researcher and teacher. My current research in science education includes:

  • Exploring how students interact with the natural world both physically and in dialogue with each other. I use a new materialist theoretical perspective to explore the relationship between classroom dialogue and practical science.
  • Scientific creativity and how it can be developed using interdisciplinary creative pedagogies, as part of the EU funded Creations project. 
  • Assessment of open-ended, creative and inquiry science 

I apply my interest in creativity, risk, adaptability and open-ended learning to exploring teacher development, recruitment and retention. 

Methodologically, I use both qualitative and quantitative methods to engage with and understand the messiness and uncertainty of real classrooms, often informed by emergent theoretical perspectives. 

I lead the Secondary PGCE Programme at the University of Exeter and the Secondary Science PGCE courses, teach across a range of Masters' level modules on the MA Education, including on research methods, educational leadership and science education. I enjoy using a range of approaches in my teaching, drawing on research evidence alongside my own experience as a teacher to inform my pedagogy and model different teaching approaches for my students.

I am interested in supporting and developing women who work in education, and am the HE link to the Women Leading in Education Network South West (WLEN SW).

PhD candidates interested in working with me are welcome to get in touch - but formal applications should be submitted centrally.



PhD Education, Exeter University, 2012.

M.Sc Educational Research, Exeter University; Distinction. 2007.

PGCE Secondary Science (Chemistry), Cambridge University. 2002.

MA, M.Sci Natural Sciences, Cambridge University. 2000.


2016-Present. Senior Lecturer in Science Education, Exeter University

2011 - 2016. Lecturer in Science Education, Exeter University.

2007 - 2011. Ted Wragg Teacher Education Research Fellow, Exeter University.

2002-2007. Teacher of Science, Head of Chemistry, Deputy Head of Year 7 at Chew Valley School, Bristol.

2002. Explainer, @-Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol.


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Tel+44 (0) 1392 724826
AddressNorth Cloisters
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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