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Dr Carys Farrell Hughes BSc (Hons), PhD, MRSB, CSciTeach

Senior Teaching Fellow, Project Lead (Senior Enterprise Fellow)

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Dr Carys Hughes is Project Lead for the Mathematics and Science Learning Centre, within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

Carys has a PhD in applied animal behaviour and welfare from the University of Southampton.

On completion of her PhD Carys trained as a Secondary Science Teacher and has 10 years experience of teaching in a range of different types of secondary schools in the local area. Her experience includes four years as a Head of Science and working with Hampshire LA as a Lead Science Teacher.

Carys' particular areas of interest are science education and working with pupils with specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia and autistic spectrum disorders. She has a PCES in teaching methods for specific learning difficulties from the University of Southampton.

In her current role with the Mathematics and Science Learning Centre Carys coordinates two local Science Learning Partnerships, which provide support and professional development for science leaders, science teachers and technicians. She is also a Regional Development Lead for STEM Learning, supporting Science Learning Partnerships in Dorset and Somerset. Her other responsibilities include planning and delivering professional development for teachers and facilitating sessions for the PGCE secondary science programme, including a biology fieldwork day in partnership with a local school and the National Trust.

Research interests

  • The science and values underpinning education for biodiversity
  • Teaching and learning about socio-scientific issues
  • Outdoor science education
  • Engaging young people in biodiversity conservation and environmental issues


Association for Science Education 2016, Birmingham, UK
Hughes, C.F and Bokhove, C. (2016) Teaching Maths for A Level Biology. Workshop at Association for Science Education Conference, Birmingham, UK, Jan 2016

European Research in Didactics of Biology 2016, Karlstad, Sweden
Bokhove, C and Hughes, C.F. (2016) Design of a one day course to improve mathematical confidence of A-level biology teachers in England. At European Researchers in Didactics of Biology, Karlstad, Sweden, 6-9 Sep 2016

Association for Science Education 2018, Liverpool, UK
Hughes, C.F and Grace, M.M. (2018) What’s the point of protecting biodiversity? Workshop at Association for Science Education Conference, Liverpool, UK, Jan 2018

European Research in Didactics of Biology 2018, Zaragoza, Spain
Grace, M.M and Hughes, C.F. (2018) Students’ views on the value of protecting biodiversity. At European Researchers in Didactics of Biology, Zaragoza, Spain, 2-6 Jul 2018

Research group

Mathematics, Science and Health Education Research Centre

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  • Goodwin, D., & Hughes, C. F. (2002). Horse Play. Paper presented at Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation Workshop: Horse Behavior and Welfare, .
  • Hughes, C., Goodwin, D., Davidson, N., & Harris, P. (2001). How does age influence object play in domestic horses?. Poster session presented at WALTHAM International Nutritional Sciences Symposium, .
Secondary PGCE and Army PG Dip course
Dr Carys Farrell Hughes
Mathematics and Science Learning Centre Southampton Education School Level Three, Graham Hills Building 29 University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 32/2101

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