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Jonathan Sanderson

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Jonathan -SandersonFollowing a physics degree, Jonathan fell into television initially by accident. He worked on documentaries, engineering challenge series, and particularly with children’s audiences, for all the major UK broadcasters and several internationals. He received an RTS award and a BAFTA nomination.

Since escaping broadcast he’s run a science film competition with NESTA; convened a panel of 250 academics consulting behind-the-scenes on BBC science series; helped launch the Royal Institution’s; run masterclass training for FameLab International; and taught on the world’s largest science communication training course, in Abu Dhabi.

He continues to make films - mostly recently DEMO ( - and consult on video, participatory media, STEM engagement, and science performance issues.




Campus Address

E305 Ellison Building


Physics MA June 30 1994

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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. 4 Jan 2020, In: Research in Science Education
  • Designing for All, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 7 Mar 2019, 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), IEEE
  • Games for Teaching Mathematics in Nigeria, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 2019, In: IEEE Access
  • Exploring Gender Diversity and Engagement with Digital Educational Games by Young People, Dele-Ajayi, O., Pickard, A., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J. 3 Oct 2018
  • A modified TAM for predicting acceptance of digital educational games by teachers, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J., Pickard, A. 2017, 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Piscataway, IEEE
  • Learning Mathematics through Serious Games: an Engagement Framework, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J., Pickard, A. 2016, Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2016 IEEE, IEEE
  • Girls and science education: Exploring female interests towards learning with Serious Games: A study of KS3 girls in the North East of England, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. Nov 2015


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