Technician of the Year for Biological Sciences
David Luckhurst has been a senior technician in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton since 1998. As the teaching of science via computing and online learning has increased, David has embraced the need for teaching materials within a variety of subjects from Microbiology to Forensic Science. As well as helping staff, these have proved invaluable to the students, who find the media he creates extremely useful when viewed prior to practicals. Since the introduction of these teaching videos, the success rate of some students has increased.
David has been instrumental in the ‘outreach' work within the Faculty. The University now holds an annual ‘SciFest’ involving local schools which allows them to see science at first hand through experiments and practical sessions, and David has been actively involved in providing ideas for this. He has filmed a number of practical sessions for that event, as well as creating promotional material which includes his creation of ‘Yellowman’ – a small modelling-clay character used to encourage youngsters towards an interest in science.
Caroline Walton, Education Advisor and Scifest Organiser, said: “SciFest are indebted to David for his passion and general enthusiasm for all things ‘science’.”
David is one of the founder members of the University of Wolverhampton’s ‘Science Shack’, which is a 'mobile' unit that takes science onto the 'street' in order to engage members of the public.
He is now looking forward to new challenges as the Faculty of Science and Engineering moves into new facilities in 2014.
University of Wolverhampton