Francis Lemon
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Personal profile


Francis Lemon is Associate Dean - Admissions for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Associate Professor in Education. He is a chemistry-specialist teacher educator and teaches on the Secondary Science PGCE course. He is a member of the Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing Executive for the University and a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences Executive.

Between 2018 and 2022, Francis was Course Co-Director for the Secondary PGCE. His additional leadership responsibilities have included Quality Assurance, NQT Coordination, and Resource Development.

Before joining UEA as a teacher educator, Francis taught secondary science and A Level chemistry in 11-18 schools in Norfolk and Suffolk. He was Lead Teacher and Head of Chemistry.

Francis wanted to be a teacher to inspire young people to the awe and wonder of science. In short, he believes that the very best science teachers meet two key requirements: they want to help young people and they have an enthusiasm for science. Francis really enjoys helping PGCE trainee teachers navigate the start of a challenging, but incredibly rewarding career!

He was Director of Admissions and a member of School Executive for the School of Education and Lifelong Learning between 2019 and 2022.

Francis is a Fellow of the HEA and a Founder Member of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Academic Background

Francis completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex, where he achieved a First Class MChem (Hons) degree. He then completed an MS degree in Chemistry at New York University, USA. He has a PGCE(M) in Secondary Education (Science) and a PG-Cert in Higher Education Practice.

Teaching Interests

Francis Lemon predominantly teaches on the Secondary PGCE course. He has also supervised Master's dissertation students on the MA Educational Practice and Research.

Francis Lemon taught undergraduate chemistry on ‘Chemistry 101’ and ‘Chemistry 102’ modules as a recitation and laboratory adjunct instructor at New York University under Professor John Halpin.


Areas of Expertise

Sustainability in the secondary science curriculum, specifically:

  • Teacher identity and teacher values
  • Policy and curriculum change over time