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Beca Lansdowne – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Beca is a Senior Lecturer and Tutor for the SCITT PGCE Programme and PGCE Secondary Science (Biology). She has been working in initial teacher education since 2017. She qualified as a Science Teacher in 2001 at Bristol University and subsequently worked for 18 years in a diverse range of Bristol schools in teaching and leadership roles.

During this time, she also led a school-based research project in collaboration with Bristol University which was funded by the Wellcome Trust. This gave post-16 Biology students the opportunity to contribute to ‘authentic’ active research.

Beca is passionate about teacher education and supporting teachers to meet the required standards to gain qualified teacher status. She often extends her expertise beyond her current role by working with other training providers in UWE, Bristol University and other local school-centred teacher education programmes.

Beca is currently completing her Master’s in Professional Practice in Higher Education at Bath Spa University, alongside her National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development. She plans to use this learning to explore ways to develop effective school-based mentoring for Trainee and Early Career Teachers.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences – Southampton University
  • PGCE Science (with Biology) – Bristol University
  • Fellow (Higher Education Academy) – Bath Spa University



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