Judith Hillier

Official Fellow,


University Lecturer in Science Education (Physics)

Department of Education

MSci St Andrews, PhD Leeds, PGCE Oxford


Judith Hillier is the second alumnus of Kellogg College to be elected a Fellow.  She matriculated in 2002 for her PGCE studies at the Oxford University Department of Education (OUDE).  She then taught in a local comprehensive school for several years before returning to OUDE.  She teaches on the PGCE course and the Masters in Learning and Teaching course, and runs the Teaching Physics in Schools option for 2nd year Physics undergraduates.
Her current research interests fall into three main areas under the title of “Becoming a Physics Teacher”:

  1. Developing a better understanding of what motivates physics graduates to enter the teaching profession.
  2. Examining the experiences of beginning physics teachers, what they need in terms of informal and formal continuing professional development (CPD) and what factors influence their subsequent career decisions.
  3. Studying how beginning physics teachers learn to explain physics – one of the skills most essential for effective teaching – and what processes and resources, given the plethora now available, best aid the development of the subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge needed to do this.  She holds a Royal Society and Ogden Trust Education Research Fellowship for this research.

As a physicist turned physics educator, she is deeply interested in building networks and collaborations across the different parts of the education sector, and between the education and science communities.