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Phil Collins

Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education: Science

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855570

Phil Collins trained as a secondary science teacher at Worcester in the late 1960s. He spent all of his 32 year school teaching career in Worcestershire and the last 20 were as a deputy head. One of his roles was being a professional mentor to student teachers and he was a member of the University’s Post Graduate Certificate in Education Course Committee. He has always had a passion for teaching science and a change in career path now sees him as one of the PGCE Secondary Science tutors in the Institute of Education.



Certificate in Mentorship (Oxford Delegacy)

Certificate in Education (Worcester) Physical Sciences/Mathematics

BA (Open): Science and Education

Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Worcester)

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Phil’s interests are primarily in the teaching of secondary science. He recognises the need for secure subject knowledge and has co-ordinated the Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses in physics and chemistry for PGCE students prior to starting their training year. He is one of the team that delivers the Professional Studies programme to secondary students He also teaches science to undergraduate students on the Primary Initial Teacher Education BA. He is responsible for the GCSE Science Equivalency test which is requirement for many of the Universities courses. Phil is an active STEM Ambassador and a regular supporter of the University’s outreach programme, running experiment workshops for large groups of pupils from partnership schools.

Research Interests

Phil an active contributor to the Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching. His personal perspectives and project reports have been diverse, covering aspects such as the changing face of physics pedagogy and the difficulties experienced working within a cross curricular dimension. One of his main foci has been the recruitment and retention of science teachers and he has presented on the subject at two Association for Science Education National Conferences.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member of the Association for Science Education



Collins, P. (2012). Cross-Curricular Learning in the Secondary School. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching, Issue 7, 24 – 27.

Collins, P. (2011). The Cycle of Physics Pedagogy. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching, Issue 6, 65 – 67.

Collins, P. (2010).Supporting and Improving Retention in Initial Teacher Education in Shortage Secondary Subjects: The Starting Out Scheme. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching, Issue 4, 40-43

Collins, P. (2009) The STEM Project.  Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching, Issue 3, 66-70

Collins, P. (2009) The Provision of Subject Knowledge Enhancement in Shortage Subject Areas in Secondary PGCE at the University of Worcester. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching, Issue 1, 44 – 45

Improving Retention of Science Student Teachers (2012)   Co-authored with Linda Scott and Sue Howarth. Conference proceedings, the Association for Science Education annual conference, research seminar series

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Examiner for the University of East London Secondary Science programme

Associate Staff Member of the University of Gloucester

Member of the Governing Body of Gorse Hill Primary School, Worcester.

Member of the Governing Bodies of Hollymount School and the Aspire Academy, Worcester.