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What I teach

I teach courses in popular science writing, presentation skills, media interviews, and online engagement for scientists at universities, research institutions, funding bodies, and government departments 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 undergraduate and Masters classes in marine ecology and oceanography since 2000 at the University of Southampton. I was Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in Ocean & Earth Science, and I have provided 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.

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 development 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 'Projects' category of 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

Lecturer, Introduction to Marine Ecology

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

Co-ordinator, Structure & Dynamics of Marine Communities module

Co-ordinator, MSc Key Skills module

Co-ordinator, MSc Research Projects module

Co-ordinator, Marine Biology Fieldwork Skills module

MicroROV survey during an undergraduate practical class

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

Co-ordinator, Coastal & Estuarine Oceanography module

Lecturer, Deep-Sea Ecology

Lecturer, Earth & Ocean System

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