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Dr Amanda Mccrory
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 02076126645
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  • Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

UCL Institute of Education 2014 to present 

2016 onwards 

  • Co-Chair IOE Faculty Mental Health & Well-being Task & Finishing Group;
  • UCL IOE Science Special Interest Group Lead;
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority;
  • UCL Dignity Advisor;
  • UCL Mental Health First Aider;
  • UCL Well-being Champion;
  • CPA Member of College of Reviewers REF;
  • CPA Member of the Mentoring Steering Group (previously also in DLL);
  • CPA Mental Health and Wellbeing representative;
  • CPA EDI group member;
  • Programme Lead for School Direct Top Up (2019-2022);
  • Research staff mentor (2018 onwards);
  • Fellow-of the Chartered College of Teaching;. 
  • Visiting Lecturer Krakow University; Malta Univsersity, Roehampton University.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor (working with the charity Nip It in the Bud);
  • UCLEthics reviewer;
  • UCLAcademic Board Member;
  • ESERA reviewer and peer reviewer for a number of academic journals;
  • Advisory member for the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education;
  • External Examiner Malta University;
  • Ph.D and Ed.D Supervisor;
  • Lecturer on the Ed.D Programme;
  • Member of European Consortium on Science Education (Science with and for education);
  • Consultant for Science and Maths Education (for schools);
  • MA Science Education, PGCE Secondary Science and Primary MA Lecturer and Supervisor.  


  • UKEditor of the Journal of Emergent Science (ASE) – focus on science educationfor 0-11 year-olds;
  • Early Years and Primary Learning and Teaching Module Leader (PGCE, M Level);
  • Consultantand creator of initiatives for Science and Mathematics education (STEAM) forHangzhou World Primary School, China;
  • Designerof a number of programmes of study for informal learning opportunities forteachers in Initial Teacher Training via the NHM and Science Museum;
  • ScienceLecturer on the Inspires Teaching Programme, Imperial College London;
  • Board member of the Association of Science Education.
  • Line Manager for academic staff and staff mentor;
  • M Level Assessment Programme Lead (PGCE);
  • Primary PGCE Programme Lead (Academics, Curriculum, Assessment, Mental Health and Wellbeing);
  • Primary/Secondary PGCE Science Conference Convenor.


  • CurriculumChair – Teach First;
  • Grant Museum - a member of the research project team investigating teaching Evolution to KS4;
  • EYFS/Primary Science Lead (PGCE, Teach First, EYITT)
  • Lecturer in education (ITE).

Research Summary

Dr Amanda McCrory, Ph.D, is a lecturer in science and primary education in the department of Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy (CPA) and is driven by social justice. Research interests are as follows:

  • Socio-scientific issues
  • Ethics in Science Education and Primary Education 
  • Inquiry in Science Education
  • Science and maths pedagogy 
  • BME
  • Social class, gender 
  • Intersectionality and social justice 
  • EYFS/Primary and Secondary Education (science and maths) 

Current research projects include:  

  •  LittleSTEMS project - investigating the emerging skills primary-aged children need to develop 21st century skills needed for future industries. Working in partnership with UCL Innovation and Enterprise, UCL Microbiology, Deloitte, Lorca, 3D Hobbs, In2science, ABPI and Little STEMS.
  • Teaching the Holocaust in Primary Schools (UCL Centre for Holocaust education).
  • Engaging EYFS parents in STEM activities (Dr Toby Cubbit and The Royal Society).
  • Race, Ethnicity and Science: Exploring the Community Cultural Wealth of BME students.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing holistic approaches 
  • Children’s perspectives on viruses 
  • UCL widening participation project (UCL Behavioural Sciences, Francis Crick Centre and UCL Anthropology)
  • Machine learning and autism, investigating the pedagogy of SEND specialists using machine learning with Associate Professor Joseph Mintz, Dr Carol Rivas and Dr Vasileois Lampos (UCl Computer Science)

Amanda was also the UK Editor for the Journal of Emergent Science, an Association of Science Education (ASE) publication, which focuses on science education for 0 – 11 year olds, for which she has written a number of articles regarding science education (2016-2020)

Teaching Summary

Leadership and Teaching in Schools (2001-present)

  • Deputy Headteacher - Leader for Assessment, Budget Management, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; PGCE mentor - university and school partnership (Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University);
  • Line manager of teaching staff;
  • Staff and student teacher mentor;
  • Assessment, Science, Literacy and Mathematics Leader (phase leader);
  • Advanced Skills Teacher for Primary/EYFS and Science, Essex;
  • Transition Lead for Primary to Secondary Lead;
  • Year 2, Science and SATS Co-ordinator;
  • EYFS-Y6; Y7/8.

Since 2014, I have lectured and taught on the following Postgraduate Programmes at UCL IOE:
  • Teach First Primary
  • Primary PGCE
  • School Direct Top Up
  • Secondary PGCE Science
  • MA Science Education
  • MA Primary and Early Years Education
  • Ed.D Foundations of Professionalism 
  • Dissertation supervisor for MA and doctoral students (Ed.D and Ph.D)
Other university lecturing includes:
  • Imperial College London, Inspires Programme
  • Malta University MA Science and doctoral studies
  • Krakow University Mental Health and Well-being
  • Roehampton University, England
  • Leeds Beckett University, England 
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