Anthony Waterhouse Fellowship

If you are a practising teacher, and you have an idea about physics teaching that you have always wanted to develop, then the Anthony Waterhouse Fellowship can help you bring the idea to fruition.

The Fellowship will provide you with £2,500 over two years to buy materials, software or services to help you develop your idea into something that other teachers can use.

In 2010, Stuart St John was awarded the Fellowship and developed a cost-effective interface for recording and making sounds using a computer. He wrote the project up for Physics Education (see abstract below). Stuart said: “I was able to spend time on developing these ideas thanks to the Anthony Waterhouse Fellowship awarded by the Institute of Physics from the Trust set up by in Anthony's name. I am grateful to the Trust and the Institute for this opportunity."

The Institute is extremely grateful to Helen Parsons for generously endowing the Anthony Waterhouse Fellowship; Helen describes its background and inception at the bottom of the page.

Hardware for Hard up schools
The purpose of this work was to investigate ways in which everyday computers can be used in schools to fulfill several of the roles of more expensive, specialised laboratory equipment for teaching and learning purposes. 

The brief adopted was to keep things as straightforward as possible so that any school science department with a few basic tools can copy the ideas presented. 

The project has so far produced a simple, safe input device to enable use of a computer as an oscilloscope and a conversion of external speakers into a signal generator. They are not without their limitations, but the intention is that they may provide opportunities for hands-on learning in schools where budgets are very limited. 

Several teaching ideas are outlined, with pointers for further development. It is hoped that interest in the project may generate further application of the ideas to the teaching of high school Physics.

Anthony Waterhouse and the Fellowship,
by Anthony’s sister, Helen Parsons
My father Vincent Waterhouse was first a physics lecturer at Ludlow Grammar and then a physics lecturer at Furzedown Teacher Training College. He passed on his love of science to my brother Anthony who went up to Cambridge (Trinity) to read Electrical Engineering, on an industrial scholarship. In 1969 he visited South Africa with the Dryden drama group as "props man". While up Table Mountain he missed the last cable car and took a path down the mountain which he had been told was easy. Tragically the path was not clear and he fell and killed himself. My parents and I never got over his loss and this is why I am giving this money in memory of him.