Simon Steel

PGCE Physics (Merton) 1985.
Simon taught at the Marlborough School, Woodstock before reading for an M.A. in Physics (Brandeis University) and Ph.D. in Astrophysics (University College Dublin).

Simon was Lecturer in Astronomy and a Resident Dean at Harvard University from 1998 to 2002, and served as Education Specialist with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics until 2009, working with NASA to develop STEM education programs for schools and museums. As a professional development provider, he has given workshops on cosmology and space science to teachers across the United States, at science museums, NASA centers and conferences such as NSTA (National Science Teacher’s Assoc.) Simon has a particular interest in the teaching of science to special needs audiences, and is a champion of universal design in education. His publications include the first Braille book on modern astronomy: “Touch the Invisible Sky.”

Simon is currently Director of Tufts University in the UK, and teaches astronomy at University College London.

The importance of the Oxford Education Society

Having worked in science education in three countries (UK, US and Ireland) and on two continents, Simon is interested in the development of international educational partnerships. All educators have shared goals but face unique challenges, and the society has the potential for a networking of ideas on a truly global scale. As the Secretary of the OES, Simon looks forward to interacting with educators from every part of our planet!