Who we are and what we do
We are social enterprise delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering or maths) sessions to primary and secondary school in and around the Batley area, trading as “Doctor, Doctor”. Our remit is to encourage and support pupils from socio-economically deprived and certain ethnic demographics. This a two-fold process; first it is important to get pupils enthused about science and we believe the best way to do this is when they are in primary school, by providing fun and educational enrichment sessions. We then aim to continue and encourage this passion in secondary education by demonstrating the practical aspects of scientific research and to encourage pupils to apply for higher education and particularly to apply for a STEM subject at university.
All of our front line staff have been fully DBS (formally CRB) checked and have under gone child protection training.
In the near future we intend to further expand our remit and services which will involve a “community farm” and “interactive learning environment” aimed at all ages, but specifically geared towards looked after children, people with special needs and senior citizens. We hope to be able to offer a “summer camp”, week long sessions taking a more in depth look at a particular area of science.
Meet the team
Craig Munns has a wealth of experience. His background is in agriculture, having worked on farms for several years he returned to education to complete a Foundation Science degree in Agriculture and an Honours degree in Sustainable Land Management, from Harper Adams University, completed at Askham Bryan College in York. He then completed a Master of Science by Research at the University of Leeds, in Comparative Microbiology and Plant Biochemistry and has recently completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology.
Whilst completing his under graduate degrees he was student union president and became involved in Aim Higher and worked as a peer mentor to disadvantage and looked after children and was commended for his dedication to Aim Higher. He also received the Higher York Volunteering Award, twice, as well as receiving awards for most valuable contribution to college life and the Bernard Shaw Blue Ribbon award for outstanding dedication. During his time at the University of Leeds, he began working with the STEM Network and started giving science talks to primary and secondary school pupils, something he continued when he relocated to Edinburgh.
Craig is incredibly dedicated to raising the aspirations of all young people but particularly those from socio-economically deprived areas, which is the main reason he returned to West Yorkshire to work with us. Coming from a socio-economically deprived area he was the first person in his family to go to university and firmly believes that if he can do it, anyone can.
In his own words;
“I have worked with children that are genuinely shocked when I tell them that they can go to university if they want to, they don’t think “kids like them” can. There is nothing better than working with children who haven’t even thought about working in science or about higher education and watching them getting enthused about science. The best reward is when I get feedback from schools and the children are still talking about the session and wanting to be scientists, weeks after the fact.”
Craig is a member of the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Entomological Society, the Society of Experimental Biology, the Society of General Microbiology, the Society of Applied Microbiology and the Biochemistry Society. A list of his publications can be found on his LinkedIn profile.
Laura is the company secretary and deals with all things admin.
Katherine is our trustee with expertise in early years and has worked for OFSTEAD.
Emily is responsible for our online presence including marketing and social media.
Louise’s experience of funding streams is essential to the long term sustainability of our business.