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What I teach

I teach courses in science communication, including popular science writing, presentation skills, media interviews, and online engagement, for scientists at universities and organisations across the UK and in Europe.

In 2006 I co-founded SciConnect Ltd, a company that has so far trained >12,000 researchers, from PhD students to Profs, in how to share their work with wider audiences, with the goal of enhancing the contribution of science to society (and vice-versa).

It has been the best and most useful personal training course that I have attended to date...

I got a presentation award in a national meeting and I strongly believe that the skills that I gained from this workshop helped a lot for this result...

I thought I was a good communicator, however, this course has opened my eyes to new techniques...

Participant feedback comments, science communication training

I have taught marine ecology and oceanography at the University of Southampton since 2000. I have created and coordinated courses from first-year undergraduate to Masters level, been Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Ocean & Earth Science, and provided skills training for research students and early career researchers across the University.

I received a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching in 2007, and a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Postgraduate Training in 2011. I have also been nominated by students for Students' Union awards in categories including "Most engaging lecturer" (2019), "Outstanding lecturer", "Innovative Teaching" and "Lifetime achievement" (2013).

Exceptional standard of lecturing...

This module should become a whole degree course...

Your teaching methods and clarity in your explanations I thought were excellent...

Student feedback comments, Masters marine ecology module

I was also Lead Educator in the creation and delivery of a free online course (a 'MOOC' - Massive Open Online Course) about 'Exploring Our Oceans', taken by >10,000 people and 'Highly Commended' in The Ocean Awards 2016:

I have learnt so much and been challenged to take the future of our oceans far more seriously than I ever did before...

Dr Copley is so enthusiastic and it is contagious. Such a great course. Thank you so much for opening not only my eyes but my mind as well...

Learner feedback comments, Exploring Our Oceans MOOC

Promo for Exploring Our Oceans Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

marine science teaching at University of Southampton

For 2019/20:

Co-ordinator, Deep-Sea Ecology module

Lecturer, Introduction to Marine Ecology & Evolution module

Lecturer, Introduction to Functional Marine Biology module

Really interesting to talk to and made the lectures seem effortless, his passion really shone through...

Extremely engaging and well explained...

Genuinely inspired me...

Student feedback comments, 2018 undergraduate lectures

Made the subjects really interesting with great photos and diagrams to help understand topics...

Wonderfully informative and exceptionally engaging lecture style...


Student feedback comments, 2019 undergraduate lectures

Previous experience at University of Southampton:

Director of Postgraduate Taught programmes in Ocean & Earth Science

Programme Leader, MSc Oceanography degree

Programme Leader, MSc Marine Resource Management degree

Creator & co-ordinator, Structure & Dynamics of Marine Communities module

Creator & co-ordinator, MSc Key Skills module

Co-ordinator, MSc Research Projects module

Co-ordinator, Marine Biology Fieldwork Skills module

Co-ordinator, IT, Communication, Field & Lab Skills module

Co-ordinator, Coastal & Estuarine Oceanography module

MicroROV survey during an undergraduate practical class

Fieldwork tutor, Applied Oceanography & Fieldwork

Lecturer, Earth & Ocean System

Lecturer, Formation & Evolution of the Ocean Crust

Tutor, Contemporary Topics in Oceanography & Marine Biology

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