Alumnus Joins the Board of the Science Council


9 August 2019 16:22
Dr David Boyce

Dr David Boyce tells how his astronomy interests honed at Lancaster led him into education and a role at one of the most highly esteemed schools in the country.

Dr David Boyce (Physics with Cosmology, 2005, Fylde) is a nationally important leader in education working as Head of Physics at Uppingham School in Rutland. David, a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the University of Leicester has gained fellowship of four other learned societies and has become chartered in multiple disciplines. Since graduation David has demonstrated expertise in Physics, Engineering and Mathematics, whilst also amassing 10 years of teaching experience in both the state and independent educational sectors. David stands on the Council of the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Science Council and has advised the Government on science and education multiple times.

Alongside his national leadership roles in science he also has a passion for communicating and participates in educational and scientific conferences throughout the year. His major contributions include the development of Space Club - a nationwide extracurricular activity that occurs in schools as a lunchtime activity. He is active in educational research and partners with the Go-Lab initiative to develop digital physics simulators to be used in the classroom environment. He recently spoke at the Go-Lab Spring School in Tallinn, Estonia about the partnership between Uppingham School and the University of Leicester. 

David graduated from Lancaster in 2005 with a first class degree in Physics with Cosmology and won the Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Prize for his 4th year project on the morphology of sunspots conducted under Dr Ian Bradley. Here David’s interests in Astronomy were nurtured and as a result he went on to conduct a successful PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Leicester. From there he developed his passion for communicating science and threw himself into the world of education. Now he works at one of the oldest and most highly esteemed public schools in the country and is responsible for a large and high performing Physics Department.

David’s experiences at Lancaster were very positive and he often reflects fondly on his experiences to his extensive Twitter following. He recalls his favourite lecturers, Prof Jones, Dr Lazarus and Prof McClintock fondly and still describes the joy of working with such world class scientists. During Freshers' week 2001 David met Anna Roworth (Environmental Science, 2004, Fylde) and now, 18 years later, they are happily married with three children. 

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