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Karen Moss

Karen Moss


School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Chemistry and Forensic Science


Karen  Moss (FRSC, SFHEA) lectures in chemistry. She is Director of the Centre for Effective Learning in Science and co-chair Nottingham Trent University's Innovative Pedagogy group.

She is a chemist who teaches at all levels of undergraduate chemistry with specialisms in professional skill development, radiochemistry and precious metals. Karen leads modules in Professional Development and Communicating Science & Technology (a school placement module) which she designed.

She has an international profile in scientific pedagogy and community engagement with funded European projects in Outreach and Responsible Research & Innovation.

Karen co-chairs the Nottingham STEMCITY network which promotes public engagement with STEM & STEM careers. The STEMCITY network were orginators of the Nottingham Festival of Science & Curiosity (FOSAC)

Career overview

Karen arrived at NTU in 1986 and was for the last 5 years HoD for Chemistry & Forensics.  Previous roles at NTU include School Quality Manager (2011-15), Becoming Reader in 2010 and Director of the HEFCE funded CETL (2005-2011). Karen was one of the first Learning &Teaching Coordinators appointed at NTU in 1988. Previously she was at the University of Durham, having completed her degrees at UMIST, Manchester.

Research areas

Dr Moss is Director of the Centre for Effective Learning in Science. Her research interests are in science education, employability skills development and outreach:

  • What is the impact of technology-based interventions on student learning and staff practice in undergraduate laboratories? (PhD projects)
  • Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) what are the cultural factors that support or hinder RRI in HE research culture across Europe? (Horizon 2020 NUCLEUS Project)
  • How can we use technology to support learning? Use of voting systems (clickers), software, VLEs, internet sites, videos (TLTP Chemistry Video Consortium Videodisc project as author and consortium member.)
  • Research into effective learning in science e.g. how Threshold Concepts & Troublesome Knowledge relate to learning areas of chemistry or forensic science in science: which concepts do students struggle with, why and what can be done about it?
  • Can we use inquiry-based learning to foster engagement with subject and develop key STEM skills? (Context-based Curricula in science aka “Flipped Learning”)
  • Employability and Transferable Skills: embedding activities in HE science curricula (HESTEM)
  • Developing creative approaches to science outreach including inquiry-based learning, hands-on activities and creative approaches (PLACES, STEMCITY, CELS)
  • Developing impact measurement in educational development- how do we know what we have achieved? Activities vs outputs and outcomes (CELS)

External activity

Currently Chair of the Nottingham STEMCITY Network, Karen has served as a committee member for the national Heads of Chemistry UK,  a member of the National RSC Outreach Working Group and as Chair of the Tertiary Education Group of RSC.  She has held a range of External Examiner and acted as QAA subject reviewer. Karen was heavily involved in the Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Subject Centre including as a member of their Advisory Group.

Sponsors and collaborators

Research has been conducted with the collaboration, funding and support of:

  • Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Loughborough- e.g. P Cullis & A Cashmore, J McCombie, D Williams, HEFCE funding (CETL, CFOF and HESTEM programmes)
  • European EUSEA organisation & Nottingham Science City partners (Horizon 2020 &  FP7 funding)
  • Royal Society of  Chemistry (Chemistry for All Widening Particiaption project)
  • Universities of HULL, Plymouth and Leicester e.g.T L Overton, D Williams, S Belt, HEFCE funding (CFOF programme)

Research funding has included:

    NUCLEUS, K Moss & C Brown, EU H2020 Science with and for Society RRI, €120,000

    CHEMWORKS, K Moss, RSC Chemistry for All Project, £150,000

    NTU Grand Challenge, K Moss & P Smith, National HESTEM  Programme (HEFCE), £17,000

    Enhancing Graduate Employability and Skills: Building Effective STEM Graduates K Moss (PI) & D Butler, R Leslie, P Smith,  B  Neal, National HESTEM Programme (HEFCE),  £21,000

    PLACES, EU FP7 SiS project, 3rd Party funding, €16,000) building cities of Scientific Culture

    EU FP7 SiS project – 3rd Party funding €16K  with CALMAST (IRE) and Leicester University Developing Genetics Outreach & Youth Science parliaments

    HEFCE CFOF curriculum development extension funding £25.5K

    HEFCE CETL funding £4.85 million

A validated and well tested model called Kit in a Kase has been created and can be offered as a vehicle for the design of outreach activities to help explain the science behind your products to the public. Please visit the CELS website for information.


Selected publications

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Course(s) I teach on

  • Apply for chemistry at NTU through clearing
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2023

  • Chemistry lab - student working
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2023