Dr Emma Owens is a chemistry teacher at Horizon Community College in Barnsley. She started her chemistry career with a Master’s degree from the University of Sheffield, completing a project in computational chemistry studying the formation of molecules in the interstellar medium under the supervision of Dr Anthony J. H. M. Meijer. Through this she developed a love of research but missed working in a laboratory, so changed research field and studied for a PhD under the supervision of Dr Sebastian Spain, looking into the synthesis of polymeric oxidative responsive drug delivery systems.
Throughout her PhD, Emma was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the undergraduate teaching labs and supervised numerous MChem and polymer MSci students through their research projects. She also had the opportunity to teach at Nanjing Tech university for a short period as part of their joint degree program. Emma received recognition for her contribution to teaching at the University, becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Science teaching gradually overcame her passion for research, and she made the decision to train to become a secondary school teacher via Teach First on completion of her PhD. Since starting the Teach First training programme, she has taught at Horizon Community College in Barnsley, recently receiving an additional Teaching & Learning Responsibility for curriculum design.