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Jonathan Sanderson

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Jonathan -SandersonFollowing a physics degree, Jonathan fell into television initially by accident. He worked on documentaries, engineering challenge series, and particularly with children’s audiences, for all the major UK broadcasters and several internationals. He received an RTS award and a BAFTA nomination.

Since escaping broadcast he’s run a science film competition with NESTA; convened a panel of 250 academics consulting behind-the-scenes on BBC science series; helped launch the Royal Institution’s; run masterclass training for FameLab International; and taught on the world’s largest science communication training course, in Abu Dhabi.

He continues to make films - mostly recently DEMO ( - and consult on video, participatory media, STEM engagement, and science performance issues.




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My research interests centre around informal learning, particularly in family settings. I'm particularly interested in 'maker' contexts and learning around digital technologies, with my present research based on a family digital making project being delivered across the North of Tyne region from late 2020.

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  • Scientist of the Week: evaluating effects of a teacher-led STEM intervention to reduce stereotypical views of scientists in young children, Shimwell, J., DeWitt, J., Davenport, C., Padwick, A., Sanderson, J., Strachan, R. 3 Apr 2023, In: Research in Science and Technological Education
  • A Theory of Change for improving children's perceptions, aspirations and uptake of STEM careers, Davenport, C., Dele-Ajayi, O., Emembolu, I., Morton, R., Padwick, A., Portas, A., Sanderson, J., Shimwell, J., Stonehouse, J., Strachan, R., Wake, L., Wells, G., Woodward, J. 1 Aug 2021, In: Research in Science Education
  • Using action research to design and evaluate sustained and inclusive engagement to improve children’s knowledge and perception of STEM careers, Emembolu, I., Padwick, A., Shimwell, J., Sanderson, J., Davenport, C., Strachan, R. 23 Mar 2020, In: International Journal of Science Education
  • Designing for All: Exploring gender diversity and engagement with digital educational games by young people, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 7 Mar 2019, 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), IEEE
  • Games for Teaching Mathematics in Nigeria: What Happens to Pupils’ Engagement and Traditional Classroom Dynamics?, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 2 May 2019, In: IEEE Access
  • Exploring Gender Diversity and Engagement with Digital Educational Games by Young People, Dele-Ajayi, O., Pickard, A., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J. 3 Oct 2018, 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
  • A modified TAM for predicting acceptance of digital educational games by teachers, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J., Pickard, A. 2017, 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Piscataway, IEEE
  • Learning Mathematics through Serious Games: an Engagement Framework, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J., Pickard, A. 2016, Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2016 IEEE, IEEE
  • Girls and science education: Exploring female interests towards learning with Serious Games: A study of KS3 girls in the North East of England, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. Nov 2015, 2015 International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning (IMCL)

I'm a science communication and public engagement specialist, working in the sector since 1990. My expertise includes video and film production; live show development; training and coaching performers; and strategy development consultatancy for organisations.

At Northumbria I'm a member of the NUSTEM team, working across the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to develop, deliver, and research outreach and widening participation projects. My particular responsibilities and interests include communications, digital engagement, and strategic development.

Physics MA June 30 1994

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