The University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG) was established in 1983, and has a national and international reputation for research and for the development of
evidence-informed school science curricula.

UYSEG aims to make a sustained, positive impact on the outcomes of both formal and informal science education through:
  • high quality research that has an impact on policy and practice
  • the development and evaluation of evidence-informed curricula that illustrate the importance of science
  • the training and support of practitioners.

Our research

UYSEG is interested in a wide range of aspects of the teaching and learning of science. Research focuses on formal and informal learning in science, learning of science ideas, attitudes, engagement and participation in science, the development of scientific literacy, systematic reviews (research syntheses) of research evidence in science education, and the evaluation of interventions in science education. Our interests in these aspects extend from primary through to tertiary education, as well as encompassing the practice and professional development of educators at all levels.

For further information please visit our research page on the University of York Department of Education website.

Our curriculum projects

One of the unique aspects of UYSEG’s work is its evidence-informed curriculum development. We draw on our work, and the work of others, to develop courses that are used in the UK and that have also been adapted for use in many other countries.

Our current projects:
  • Salters Advanced Chemistry (SAC)
  • Salters Horners Advanced Physics (SHAP)
  • Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology (SNAB)
  • GCSE Twenty First Century Science
  • Project qualifications (including EPQ)
  • Science in Society
We have been trialling materials from a new curriculum project, York Science, based on embedding formative assessment into the teaching and learning of Key Stage 3 science. If you would like to try some of these materials in school, a small selection is available from the Downloads section of this blog. All we ask in return is that you email us to let us know how you get on!

For further information please visit our curriculum projects page on the University of York Department of Education website.

Our members

Dr Jeremy Airey - research
Professor Judith Bennett - research and curriculum development
Dr Lynda Dunlop - research
Dr Kerry Knox - research
Joanna MacDonald - project administrator
Emeritus Professor Robin Millar - research and curriculum development
Alistair Moore - curriculum development
Christine Otter - curriculum development
Dr Maria Turkenburg - research
Mary Whitehouse - curriculum development

Our partners

We are very grateful to
The Salters' Institute for supporting our curriculum development work

We are proud to work
closely with CIEC here in York