Sam Illingworth
sam illingworth

Dr Sam Illingworth MPhys PhD PgCert MA PFHEA

Associate Professor

Biography

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement with internationally recognised expertise in higher education, interdisciplinary studies, and science communication. I joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2021, after working as a Senior Lecturer in the University of Western Australia, where I led the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in science communication.

My research concerns the use of poetry and games as creative pedagogies to help address issues of staff and student wellbeing and belonging. My work also uses poetry and games to help develop meaningful dialogues between different groups of people and to help platform the voices of marginalised communities.

With over 70 peer-reviewed publications, an h-index of 20, an i10-index of 38, and a total citation count of 1615 (source: Google Scholar), I have a history of high-quality outputs in both pedagogic innovation and disciplinary research (science communication).

In my current role I help to embed innovative and engaging pedagogy across the University, as part of the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement and the Centre for Higher Education Research. I have been Programme Leader for several undergraduate and postgraduate provisions in higher educational institutes across the world, and I provide bespoke training to undergraduates, postgraduates, and members of staff on how to develop dialogues about their research with the wider society. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, an MA in Higher Education, and am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have supervised several postgraduate research students and supported students for professional qualifications. Specifically, I have supervised three PhD students to completion and served as an external examiner for five PhD students. I have also supervised multiple undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, providing them with guidance on their research projects, dissertations, and professional development.

I welcome applications from prospective PhD and MRes students in the areas of science communication, creative pedagogies, and interdisciplinary studies.

I am also an award-winning poet, games designer, and science communicator, and my work has generated a significant amount of local, national, and international media coverage. For example, I have appeared on both the BBC and NPR talking about my research, and have had my work featured by Scientific American, Buzzfeed, and the Times Higher Education.

Outside of research, I have run several successful writing workshops and have also written for the radio and stage. Several of my theatrical works have been performed in the UK, including by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and I have performed my poetry across the world at numerous spoken word events, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Green Man music festival.

News

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Expert Witness for Westminster Education Forum on Next Steps for AI in Education
  • Expert Witness for European Commission on the impact of AI on scientific publishing and communications
  • Member of SRHE's Research and Development Committee
  • Chair of iCRAG's Education and Public Engagement Advisory Committee
  • Member of Jisc's Open Research Advisory Board
  • Member of European Geoscience Union's Outreach Committee
  • Elected Union-level Early Career Scientist representative for European Geosciences Union
  • Member of the Institute of Physics' Outreach Committee

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Panel Chair: SRHE International Conference 2023, Online, December 2023
  • Conference Organiser: The Gathering, Edinburgh, June 2023
  • Conference Organiser: The Gathering, Edinburgh, June 2022
  • Panel Convener and Chair: European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Online, April 2022
  • Panel Convener and Chair: European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Online, April 2021
  • Conference Organiser: ENU Learning & Teaching Conference, Online, June 2021
  • Panel Convener and Chair: European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Online, April 2020
  • Panel Convener and Chair: European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, April 2019
  • Conference Organiser: Science in Public, Manchester, July 2019
  • Panel Convener and Chair: European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, April 2018
  • Panel Convener and Chair: American Geophysical Union Fall Assembly, New Orleans, December 2017
  • Panel Convener and Chair: European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, April 2017
  • Conference Organiser: Multiplatform, Manchester, June 2017

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editor of Special Issue: Earth System Science Data
  • Editorial Board Member: Consilience
  • Editorial Board Member (Chief Executive Editor): Geoscience Communciation
  • Editor of Special Issue: Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Editor of Special Issue: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
  • Editor of Special Issue: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • LSE HE Blog Fellow
  • Principal Fellow of Advance HE (PFHEA)
  • Elected Member of Young Academy of Scotland
  • Katia and Maurice Krafft Award
  • Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA)
  • Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA)

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Invited Member of Royal Society of Edinburgh's Research Awards Sub-Committee
  • Chair of Grant Funding Panel for Discover Programme for Science Foundation Ireland
  • Invited Member of Oversight Panel for Science Foundation Ireland's Research Centres
  • Invited Member of Grant Funding Panel for Discover Programme for Science Foundation Ireland

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Swiss National Science Foundation

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Speaker: The Royal Astronomical Society, Online, 23/01/2024
  • Panel Discussion: Advance HE - NTFS Roadshow, Online, 12/12/2023
  • Seminar Speaker: Wellesley College, Online, 13/10/2023
  • Seminar Speaker: Wellesley College Online, 14/10/2022
  • Seminar Speaker: Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, Online, 18/05/2022
  • Seminar Speaker: Liverpool John Moore University, Online, 29/03/2022
  • Seminar Speaker: The University of Edinburgh, Online, 05/04/2022
  • Seminar Speaker: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Online, 24/05/2022
  • Seminar Speaker: Universität Stuttgart, Online, 12/11/2021
  • Seminar Speaker: Norwegian Research School for Dynamics and Evolution of Earth and Planets (DEEP), Online, 09/11/2021
  • Seminar Speaker: Liverpool John Moore University, Online, 27/07/2021
  • Seminar Speaker: Making Decarbonisation Fair, the third ENGAGER network conference , Online, 04/03/2021
  • Seminar Speaker: Swedish Research Council, Online, 19/03/2021
  • Seminar Speaker: EURAXESS ASEAN, Online, 30/03/2021
  • Seminar Speaker: Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System (UKUH), Online, 06/07/2021
  • Seminar Speaker: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Alumni Association, Online, 15/11/2021
  • Seminar Speaker: The University of Manchester, Online, 23/07/2020
  • Seminar Speaker: Policy Connect, Online, 08/06/2020
  • Seminar Speaker: Falling Walls, Online, 27/04/2020
  • Seminar Speaker: The University of the West of Scotland, Online, 07/07/2020
  • Seminar Speaker: the University of Leeds, Online, 26/06/2020
  • Seminar Speaker: Australian Science Communicators, Online, 24/07/2020
  • Seminar Speaker: Institute of Physics, Online, 16/06/2020
  • Seminar Speaker: Inspiring Australia, Online, 14/05/2020
  • Keynote Speaker: European Science Engagement Association, Vienna, 09/10/05/2019

 

Media Activity

  • Website Article: Interview, THINK, 27/11/2023
  • Radio Feature: The Afternoon Show, Current Affairs, BBC Radio Scotland, 09/02/2022
  • Radio Feature: Words and Music, Documentary, BBC Radio 3, 07/08/2022
  • Radio Feature: Seriously, Documentary, BBC Radio 4, 09/12/2022
  • Radio Feature: Falling Stars, Documentary, BBC Radio 4, 29/11/2022
  • Radio Feature: BBC Inside Science, Documentary, BBC Radio 4, 21/04/2022
  • Radio Feature: Free Thinking, Documentary, BBC Radio 3, 22/01/2020

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of SRHE
  • Member of European Geosciences Union

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Poetry Workshop for Royal Mile Primary School in Collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library as part of National Poetry Day (October 2023)
  • Public Talk, ‘Deep-sea Plastics’, The Deep-sea Podcast (February 2022)
  • Public Talk and Workshop, ‘Poetry in Practice’, Heriot-Watt University (September 2022)
  • Public Talk, ‘Creative Climate Communications’, The Sustainability Report Podcast (January 2022)
  • Public Talk and Workshop, ‘RSE Curious: The Poetry of Science’, The Royal Society of Edinburgh (August 2022)
  • Public Talk ‘Science & Poetry’, La Ninfa Eco Podcast (May 2021)
  • Public Workshop ‘Rhyme Your Research – Discover the joys of turning research into poetry’, The University of Liverpool (May 2021)
  • Public Talk ‘How Social Media can Benefit your Research’, Oceanworks (April 2020)
  • Public Talk ‘A Sonnet to Science,’ Blackwell’s Manchester (May 2020)
  • Public Talk ‘The Poetry of Science’, Science Exchange (May 2020)
  • Public Talk ‘Why Engage with the AHRC', The University of Manchester (January 2020)
  • STEM Ambassador

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External Examiner for PhD viva voce of Dr. Lei Qiu, The University of Edinburgh
  • External Examiner for PhD viva voce of Dr. Achintya Rao, University of West of England
  • External Examiner for PhD of Dr. Alba Suarez Garcia, University of Otago
  • External Examiner for PhD viva voce of Dr. Gary Kerr, University of Salford
  • External Examiner for PhD viva voce of Dr. Kaewnapha Phothi, The University of Edinburgh

 

Reviewing

  • Arts and Health (Reviewer)
  • Weather, Climate, and Society (Reviewer)
  • Science Communication (Reviewer)
  • Conservation Biology (Reviewer)
  • Research for All (Reviewer)
  • Public Understanding of Science (Reviewer)
  • Geoscience Communication (Reviewer)
  • Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (Reviewer)
  • JCOM, Journal of Science Communication (Reviewer)
  • Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology (Reviewer)
  • Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (Reviewer)
  • Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (Reviewer)
  • Sensors (Reviewer)

 

Date


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AI’s Journey In Schools: From Chalkboards To Chatbots

Digital Artefact
Illingworth, S. (in press)
AI’s Journey In Schools: From Chalkboards To Chatbots. [Blog]
Looking back at the explosive growth of generative AI since 2022, Dr Sam Illingworth advises school leaders on what the future might bring.

Learned words: how poetry can be used to reflect on staff belonging in higher education

Journal Article
Illingworth, S., & Grimwood, M. (in press)
Learned words: how poetry can be used to reflect on staff belonging in higher education. Journal of Further and Higher Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877x.2023.2301006
This research uses poetry as a form of data to explore a sense of ‘belonging’ for staff working in higher education. Poetic content analysis was explored as a research method ...

Learned Words: A Poetic Content Analysis of 'Belonging' in Higher Education

Presentation / Conference
Illingworth, S., & Grimwood, M. (2023, December)
Learned Words: A Poetic Content Analysis of 'Belonging' in Higher Education. Paper presented at SRHE Conference 2023 Higher Education Research, Practice, and Policy: Connections & Complexities, Online & Conference Aston, Birmingham, UK

A spectrum of geoscience communication: from dissemination to participation

Journal Article
Illingworth, S. (2023)
A spectrum of geoscience communication: from dissemination to participation. Geoscience Communication, 6(4), 131-139. https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-6-131-2023
This review article is a written contribution to accompany the 2023 Katia and Maurice Krafft Award from the European Geosciences Union. Through a consideration of my own pract...

How poetry can help address the climate crisis

Other
Illingworth, S. (2022)
How poetry can help address the climate crisis. [Blog]

Actionable Steps to Improve Inclusivity and Diversity in the Geosciences in Higher Education

Presentation / Conference
Illingworth, S., Hall, C., Mohadjer, S., Koll, R., Otu-Larbi, F., & Poku, C. (2022, December)
Actionable Steps to Improve Inclusivity and Diversity in the Geosciences in Higher Education. Poster presented at AGU Fall Meeting 2022, Chicago, IL, US
We propose six action-oriented opportunities for educators to improve diversity in the geosciences as individuals from their classroom to their institution by: Advocating for ...

Learned words: using poetry to reflect on practices in higher education

Other
Illingworth, S. (2022)
Learned words: using poetry to reflect on practices in higher education. [Online]
Poetry writing can aid reflection on your teaching and learning or research practices, offering a fresh way of organising thoughts, as Sam Illingworth explains

‘Nothing can replace the face-to-face event’ (?): A poetic turn

Digital Artefact
Illingworth, S. (2022)
‘Nothing can replace the face-to-face event’ (?): A poetic turn. [Blog post]
What can poetry tell us about the future of academic conferences and our engagement with them?

Learned Words – how poetry might help staff in HE to feel more at home

Digital Artefact
Illingworth, S. (2022)
Learned Words – how poetry might help staff in HE to feel more at home. [Blog]

GC Insights: Diversifying the geosciences in higher education: a manifesto for change

Journal Article
Hall, C. A., Illingworth, S., Mohadjer, S., Roxy, M. K., Poku, C., Otu-Larbi, F., …Morales, J. (2022)
GC Insights: Diversifying the geosciences in higher education: a manifesto for change. Geoscience Communication, 5(3), 275-280. https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-5-275-2022
There is still a significant lack of diversity and equity in geoscience education, even after decades of work and widespread calls for improvement and action. We join fellow c...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Research Grant: Arts Council England, £14,750, Experimental Words 2, University of Western Australia, 2021
  • Research Grant: WUN, £9,994, Education in a Warming World, University of Western Australia, 2020
  • Research Grant: Advance HE, £2,500, Advance HE Connect, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2019
  • Research Grant: Kickstarter, £32,420, Carbon City Zero, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2019
  • Research Grant: EPSRC, £4,000, HEAT, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2019
  • Research Grant: Society for Applied Microbiology, £3,000, Antibiotics on the Tabletop, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2018
  • Research Grant: Arts Council England, £14,800, Experimental Words , Manchester Metropolitan University, 2017
  • Research Grant: Royal Society of Chemistry, £1,800, Tabletop Chemistry, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2018
  • Research Grant: Arts and Humanities Research Council, £56,000, The Imitation Game: Artificial Intelligence in Analogue and Digital Games, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2018
  • Research Grant: Natural Environmental Research Council, £119,000, Climate Consortium, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2017
  • Research Grant: The Royal Society, £2,800, History of Science Poetry, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD Supervison - Eleanor Dunn, University College Dublin
  • PhD Completion - Dr Tony Hall PhD (2017-2020) First Supervisor, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • PhD Completion - Dr Maria Loroño PhD (2016-2019) First Supervisor, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • PhD Completion - Dr Joanne Phillips PhD (2015-2018) First Supervisor, Manchester Metropolitan University