Mrs Jane Thorning
Senior Technician (LABplus)
Faculty of Science and Engineering
I work as a Senior Technician managing the Faculty of Science and Engineering LABplus Facility. My role is to support STEM teaching and learning by developing experiential resources for undergraduate students. Each resource produced for LABplus is designed to encourage student centered learning that extends beyond the timetabled curriculum. I also provide support for students using the facility, technical assistance with laboratory skills and I provide placement and volunteering opportunities.
In addition to my core role, I am passionate about science communication and public engagement. I design and deliver workshops promoting STEM subjects and careers to visiting school and community groups. I act as an Employer Mentor for students considering technical careers and I co-ordinate the Faculty of Science and Engineering work experience programme.
Member of the Institute of Science and Technology
Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy
Member of the BIG STEM Communicators Network
I teach science communication skills and outreach workshops on the following modules:
ENVS2004 Environmental Issues and Communication
Biological Sciences/Conservation Biology
BIOL_X Advanced Skills and Concepts
Science communication and public engagement
Inclusive science education
2017: HEFCE Catalyst Fund: Embedding and sustaining inclusive STEM practices (Dr Alison Stokes, Plymouth University Project Lead).