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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 a local school and college.

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
  • Evaluating a complex and sustained STEM engagement programme through the lens of science capital: insights from Northeast England, Padwick, A., Dele-Ajayi, O., Davenport, C., Strachan, R. 12 May 2023, In: International Journal of STEM Education
  • 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. 3 Apr 2023, In: Research in Science and Technological Education
  • 16 key skills and attributes for a successful career in physics, Davenport, C. 3 Oct 2022
  • Elimination before imagination:: How children’s early understanding of scientists may limit aspirations for broader STEM careers, Padwick, A., Davenport, C., Strachan, R. 8 Oct 2022, 2022 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), IEEE
  • Imagining the Sun: using comparative judgement to assess the impact of cross-curricular solar physics workshops, Davenport, C., Morton, R. 31 Oct 2022, In: Journal of Science Communication
  • 'People like me': identifying personal attributes of STEM professionals, Davenport, C., Horan, M., Willis, B., Padwick, A., Strachan, R. 8 Oct 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

Emmy Amers An exploration of STEM role models from both facilitator and participant perspectives: A study in England and Wales Start Date: 01/10/2023

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


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