Stuart is a primary teacher within North Lanarkshire Council, currently based at Gartcosh Primary School. Before becoming a teacher, Stuart received a degree in commercial music from the University of the West of Scotland, and worked in financial services. He returned to his alma mater to complete the PGDE qualification in primary education.
A seemingly innocuous question asked of a lecturer during the PGDE resulted in Stuart being invited to participate in multiple STEM projects, working with researchers from the University of Edinburgh and St Andrews University. He grew his practice as a leader of STEM education in multiple schools, developing STEM planners and after-school clubs, and supporting colleagues.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Stuart branched out into STEM communication on social media under the name of STEM with Mr N, where he showcases STEM activities and explains the processes involved. He demonstrates robotics and coding, interviews STEM professionals about their jobs and journey into STEM, and a range of interesting STEM facts. Most recently, he highlighted 100 scientists who have influenced the world. Through this work, Stuart aims to support and inspire children, parents and teachers to explore the wonders of STEM.
In 2022, Stuart received the Primary Science Teacher Award from the Primary Science Teaching Trust for excellence in primary science education. STEM with Mr N is a Teach Primary Awards 2023 finalist in the STEM resources category. And he is a board member of the Scottish STEM education charity SSERC.
Stuart is married to a doctor, Viv, and together they have three children; a son, James, and identical twin daughters, Sophie and Olivia. When not working or spending time with family, Stuart enjoys playing ice hockey and reading.