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Dr Carol Davenport

Associate Professor

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Carol is an Associate Professor and Director of NUSTEM at Northumbria University. 

Carol began working in education at Barnsley College as a Physics lecturer, and later taught at a large North East school.  Moving into teacher education, she worked within the network of Science Learning Centres for over five years, and with the Institute of Physics as a Physics Network Coordinator for the Stimulating Physics Network.

Carol is an experienced curriculum designer and textbook author.  She is also a governor at three different schools/colleges.

Carol's research interests include career aspirations in young children, and diversity in STEM.

Carol Davenport

Campus Address

Ellison Building, EB305



My research interests are focused on diversity in STEM.  With the NUSTEM team I research the attitudinal and behavioural changes required to increase the diversity and number of young people choosing STEM careers.  I am interested in the factors which influence very young children's career choices, and how teachers and famillies can support these early choices.

I also work with organisations to help them develop impactful ways to support diversity in STEM, especially through the use of Theory of Change processes.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 'People like me': identifying personal attributes of STEM professionals, Davenport, C., Horan, M., Willis, B., Padwick, A., Strachan, R. 18 Jul 2022, 2022 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2022), Piscataway, US, IEEE
  • A Theory of Change for improving children's perceptions, aspirations and uptake of STEM careers, Davenport, C., Dele-Ajayi, O., Emembolu, I., Morton, R., Padwick, A., Portas, A., Sanderson, J., Shimwell, J., Stonehouse, J., Strachan, R., Wake, L., Wells, G., Woodward, J. 1 Aug 2021, In: Research in Science Education
  • Avoiding stereotypes in science, Davenport, C. 26 May 2021, Primary Science Leaders' Survival Guide, Hatfield, The Association for Science Education
  • Going beyond the one-off: How can STEM engagement programmes with young people have real lasting impact?, Archer, M., DeWitt, J., Davenport, C., Keenan, O., Coghill, L., Cristodoulou, A., Durbin, S., Campbell, H., Hou, L. 16 Feb 2021, In: Research for All
  • Inclusive teaching in science: Changing culture and practice, Davenport, C., Padwick, A. 1 Feb 2021
  • Scientist of the Week: evaluating effects of a teacher-led STEM intervention to reduce stereotypical views of scientists in young children, Shimwell, J., DeWitt, J., Davenport, C., Padwick, A., Sanderson, J., Strachan, R. 15 Jul 2021, In: Research in Science and Technological Education
  • Unconscious Bias in the Early Years, Shimwell, J., Davenport, C., Heslop, K. Jul 2021
  • Widening career aspirations, Davenport, C. 1 May 2021, In: Physics World
  • Tackling the digital and engineering skills shortage: Understanding young people and their career aspirations, Davenport, C., Padwick, A., Strachan, R., Shimwell, J., Horan, M. 21 Oct 2020, 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Piscataway, NJ, IEEE

  • Physics PhD June 30 1995
  • Fellow Institute of Physics (IOP) 2017
  • Member Association of Science Education (ASE) 2014


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