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Was a joint project with the Centre for Public Policy Research. It explored the factors that affect aspirations and engagement with science. The project was part of the Targeted initiative on Science and Mathematics Education (TISME). The project has continued into a second phase known as ASPIRES2.


ASPIRES 2 is the second phase of a longitudinal research project funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is tracking school students from primary to post-16 education in order to understand the changing influences of the family, school, careers education and social identities and inequalities on young people's aspirations of studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) subjects. The project moved to UCL Institute of Education in February 2017. 


Border Crossings

Duration: 1/10/08 - 30/09/09
Staff involved in this project: Prof. Justin DillionMelissa GlackinDr Clive KanesAlex Manning


Cognitive Acceleration (CASE and other projects)

Enterprising Science Project

Enterprising Science is a five-year partnership between King's College London and the Science Museum (2013-2017). This research and development project uses the concept of ‘science capital’ (science-related qualifications, interest, literacy and social contacts) to understand how young people from all backgrounds engage with science and how their engagement might be supported. The project moved to UCL Institute of Education in February 2017.


FEAST - Facilitating Engagement of Adults in Science and Technology

Duration: 1/12/11 - 30/11/13
Staff involved in this project: Prof. Justin Dillion


Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) (European Commission)

Duration: June 2009 - May 2012
Staff involved: Prof. Justin Dillon, Dr. Elaine Regan


Inquiry Based Teacher Training for a Sustainable Future (INQUIRE) 

Promoted inquiry-based science education with a focus on major global issues of the 21st century in teacher training across Europe at institutions where children can carry out ‘real’ investigations and see science in action.


Is the UK an outlier in upper secondary mathematics education?

Staff involved in the project: Jeremy Hodgen ; David Pepper ; Linda Sturman ; Graham Ruddock
Published: 2010

Natural connections

Duration: 28/10/11 - 30/04/13
Staff involved in this project: Prof. Justin Dillion

Natural Connections initiative

Duration: 1/03/11 - 31/03/11
Staff involved in this project: Prof. Justin Dillion

PreSEES - Preparing Science Educators for Everyday Science

Duration: 1/11/12- 31/10/14
Staff involved in this project: Prof. Justin Dillion 


Relating research to practice in informal learning environments

Duration: 1/10/10 - 30/09/13
Staff involved in this project: Prof. Justin Dillion; Dr Heather King; Dr Elaine Regan

Researching public engagement and understanding of science at the Darwin Centre

Duration: 1/10/10 - 30/09/13
Staff involved in this project: Prof. Justin Dillion

SAILS - Strategies for Assessment of Inquiry-based Learning in Science

Aimed at supporting teachers in Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) across Europe with a focus on developing confidence and competence in the assessment of their students’ learning through inquiry.


The Transition from School Mathematics to University Mathematics

Explored first-year engineering students’ experiences in Higher Education.


Targeted Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education (TISME

A research initiative that aimed at finding new ways to encourage children and young people to greater achievement and understanding of science and mathematics-related subjects. 


Towards Women in Science and Technology (TWIST) (European Commission

Dates the project ran:  From 1/2010  To: 12/2012
Staff Involved in the projectProf. Justin DillonDr Heather King

Youth Access and Equity Research and Practice Agenda: Equity pathways in informal STEM learning


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