Karen Moss

Karen Moss

Head of Department

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Chemistry and Forensic Science

Role

Dr Moss is an inorganic chemist who teaches at all levels of the undergraduate chemistry courses. Specialist areas include:

  • organometallic chemistry
  • precious metal chemistry
  • the applications of radioisotopes in science.

Her major role is as the School's Standards and Quality Manager with lead responsibility for quality assurance of courses across the school.

In recent years she has been involved in national projects in teaching and learning with a focus on enhancing employability skills and promoting active learning. This included the design and introduction of problem-based learning activities into Year One of chemistry courses.

Research areas

Dr Moss is Director of the Centre for Effective Learning in Science and a member of Nottingham Trent University's Pedagogy group.

Research interests in science education and outreach:

  • Research into effective learning in science e.g. how Threshold Concepts and 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?
  • Context-based Curricula in science –use of inquiry based learning to foster engagement with subject and develop key STEM skills
  • Developing creative approaches to science outreach including inquiry based learning, hands-on activities and creative approaches
  • Use of technology in teaching – voting systems (clickers), software, VLEs, internet sites, videos (TLTP Chemistry Video Consortium Videodisc project.)
  • Developing impact measurement in educational development- how do we know what we have achieved? Activities vs outputs and outcomes
  • Personal Development Planning (PDP) and Transferable Skills: embedding activities in HE science curricula

Research interest in chemistry:

  • Metallo-mesogens of the first row transition metals
  • Gold chemistry, including the use of Mössbauer Spectroscopy

Dr Moss has supervised PhD research into Metallo-Mesogens. She has now moved into pedagogic research and is especially interested in people who are interested in conducting research into the following:

  • Promoting effective learning in science e.g. how do the models of 'Threshold Concepts' and 'Troublesome Knowledge' relate to learning in chemistry or forensic science. Investigating which scientific concepts students struggle with and asking why is this and what can be done about it?
  • Problem Based Learning in science –the design and evaluation use of inquiry based learning to foster engagement with subject and develop key STEM skills
  • Developing creative approaches to science outreach including inquiry based learning, hands-on activities and creative approaches
  • Use of technology in teaching – voting systems (clickers), software, VLEs, internet sites, videos (TLTP Chemistry Video Consortium Videodisc project.)
  • An interest in qualitative approaches to educational research would be welcome.

Further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

  • External Examiner Open University (2011-date)
  • External Examiner University of Hull (2009-2012)
  • Higher Education Working Party of the National Science Diploma Development Group for 14-19 year olds (2008-2010)
  • Advisory Group for Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Subject Centre (2005-date)
  • Chair of the Education & Training Group for Nottingham Science City (2006-date)
  • Steering Group of East Midlands STEM partnership (2007 – date)
  • Development Board for Nottingham Science City (2007-2011)
  • External Examiner Kingston University UG chemistry programmes (2005-2009)
  • Chair of the Tertiary Education Group of RSC (2009-date)
  • Member of the East Midlands CETL Network (2005-date)
  • Registered Practitioner of the Higher Education Academy (2002-date)
  • QAA subject reviewer (2002-2007)
  • Journal reviewer (JCS Dalton Trans, Computers in Education)
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC, CChem)(1985-date)
  • Member of the Society for Chemical Industry (SCI) (1990 – date) [Honorary Secretary of the East Midlands Section of the SCI (1991-2003)]
  • Member of the TLTP Chemistry Videodisk Consortium (CVC) (1993-2005)

Sponsors and collaborators

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

Outreach collaborators:

  • Joint projects with Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Loughborough- e.g. P Cullis & A Cashmore, J McCombie, D Williams, HEFCE funding (CETL, CFOF and HESTEM programmes)
  • Project with Nottingham Science City partners ( EMDA(RDA) and FP7 funding)

Teaching and learning collaborators:

  • PBL/CBL projects with Universities of HULL, Plymouth and Leicester e.g.
    T L Overton, D Williams, S Belt, HEFCE funding (CFOF programme)
  • RIPPLL Project with University of Nottingham, A Smallwood JISC funded

Recent research funding has included:

  • NTU Grand Challenge, K Moss & P Smith, National HESTEM Programme (HEFCE) (2012-13), £17,000
  • Enhancing Graduate Employability and Skills: Building Effective STEM Graduates K Moss (PI) & D Butler, R Leslie, P Smith and B Neal, National HESTEM Programme, (HEFCE) (2011-12), £21,000
  • PLACES, K Moss ( 3rd Party) EU FP7 SiS project (2009-2014), €16,000 (NTU share)
  • NTU Pedagogy project, K Moss, C Hardy & L Atkins, HEIF (2010-11), £40,000
  • Two Ways – Science Outreach, K Moss, S Donegan, K Cramer, EU FP7 SiS (2009-2010), €16,000 of €32,000
  • Sharing Best Practice in Outreach: How to Make Friends and Influence People!, K Moss & partners from Universities of Nottingham Loughborough & Leicester(2010), National HESTEM Programme, (HEFCE), £9,960,
  • Chemistry for our Future – Curriculum Development Phase 2, K Moss, & partners at Universities of Hull, Loughborough & Leicester, HEFCE Chemistry for our Future (2008-9), £25,500 (NTU share).
  • Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS), K Moss & N MacFarlan (on behalf of SST), HEFCE CETL funding (2005-10), £4,850,000, (£2.35 million capital, £2.5 million recurrent ).
  • The Persistence of Current in a Superconducting Annulus, G Ireson (PI) & K Moss, SPUR Bursary (2008), £1,100, I Iqbal, G Ireson and K Moss, 2009. Demonstrating the persistence of field/current with time in a superconductor. Physics Education, 44, pp. 573-575.
  • Kit in a Kase Materials and Activities in Local Schools, K Moss, EMDA (Regional Development Agency funding)(2006-8), £93,000
  • Chemistry for our Future (CFOF) curriculum development Phase 1, K Moss and partners at Universities of Hull, Loughborough & Leicester, HEFCE Chemistry for our Future funding, (2006-8), £55,000 (NTU share).
  • RIPPLL project, K Moss and D Allen, consortium led by A Smallwood at University of Nottingham, JISC (2005-7), £8,400 (NTU share).
  • Learning in the Physical Sciences(LIPS), K Moss and P Taylor (PI) of University of Warwick, LTSN Development Grant (2004-6), £1,100 (of £3,500).

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.

Publications

Selected publications

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