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Dr Laura Brassington is a Visiting Lecturer in the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CRESTEM).

Laura previously completed her PhD – which examined access to science education in nineteenth-century Britain and its empire – at the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, Laura taught across four departments; provided tailored tutored for access programmes; and lectured for the Institute of Continuing Education, which helps adult students to learn throughout their lives.

Laura is the co-founder of STEM for Schools, and is committed to leading conversations about diversity in the history of science and education.


  • Class, gender, and access to science education.
  • Nineteenth-century social history.
  • Nineteenth-century Britain and empire.


  • MA in STEM Education
  • Principles and Policy of STEM Education (Learning Together Series)
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

PhD supervision

Laura is happy to supervise MA dissertations on nineteenth-century social history, including access to education, print and publishing, and the development of science teaching.