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Dr Siobhan Liddle - Stewart's Melville College

For exceptional passion for physics and for promoting physics to the school and wider community.

Dr Siobhan Liddle, 2020 Technician Award winner

Siobhan is heavily involved not just in the school physics department but also in the wider community.

She has volunteered at IOP Physics in the Field events and the Scottish Festival of Physics and is a Girlguiding UK Volunteer Leader, incorporating science and physics tasks into the weekly programme of activities for the units in her local area.

She attends the annual ASE National Technicians Conference North in York and presented a session in 2019, and also participated in the Edinburgh Science Festival inaugural Delegate Programme to network and gain insight into public engagement of science at festivals.

Siobhan is an active member of the school science technicians' online community, building networks and sharing ideas and advice.

She has made a recent connection with Scottish Borders lead technician which resulted in designing and presenting a physics course for technicians at schools in the Scottish Borders at a recent staff training day.

As part of the school’s link with the University of Edinburgh Physics Education Research department, she helped set up an annual, in-school practical workshop for student teachers.

Siobhan is involved in the department’s Astronomy Club, which has included organising a number of speakers to school, a visiting planetarium, day trips around Edinburgh and a four-day trip to Cologne and the European Astronaut Centre.

She runs a weekly science book club, which is always well attended, and she plans to organise a London science trip after the experience of assisting on a similar trip with Stewart's Melville College's sister school.

She set up and maintains the department Instagram account (600-plus followers) and the students are super-enthused by this! Siobhan has integrated so well into the school in that she has been promoted to a guidance and pastoral role with the middle-school students, which is very unusual for a support member of staff.

She is such a proactive technician and is keen to promote the role of a technician, which she actively does through annual participation in Techognition week during March and by being a visible member of the wider school community.

At department meetings she regularly brings new ideas to the table whether it be a new experiment she has devised or a new webpage or video she has found.

Siobhan has inspired our department to keep trying our best to love and promote our wonderful subject!