I am a teaching focussed lecturer on the Natural Science degree programme with the role of convening the Physics and Mathematics contents of the degree. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2004 with a First Class MPhys Physics with Astrophysics (Hons) and then with a PhD in X-Ray Astronomy in 2008. My PhD research involved working as part of an international collaboration to analyse data from extremely violent extra-galactic explosions called Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) with the NASA mission called Swift. My more recent research has revolved around innovative teaching practices in STEM subjects in higher education particularly those involving Research/Problem Based Learning approaches.
As noted above my most recent research is focussed on STEM pedagogy specifically the Research/Problem Based Learning (R/PBL) methodology. This has been funded by the University of Leicester.
D. Williams, C. Hurkett, S. Symons, S. Gretton, C. Harvey, P. Lock, D. Raine.
A Framework for Student-Instructor Partnerships. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. https://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/pdf/IJTLHE3834.pdf (2021)
Open Journal System: enabling student-led journals. Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 1 (2), 189-193 DOI: 10.29311/jlthe.v1i2.854 (2018)
C.P. Hurkett, S.L. Symons, S.N. Gretton, C.T. Harvey, P.E. Lock, D.P. Williams, et al.
The benefits of sustained undergraduate inter-programme collaborations between international partners. Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 1 (1), 31-42 DOI: 10.29311/jlthe.v1i1.823 (2018)
R.L.C. Starling, K. Wiersema, A.J. Levan, T. Sakamoto, D. Bersier, P. Goldoni, et al.
Discovery of the nearby long, soft GRB 100316D with an associa0ted supernova. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 411 (4), 2792-2803 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17879.x (2011)
C.P. Hurkett, S. Vaughan, J.P. Osborne, P.T. O'Brien, K.L. Page, A. Beardmore, et al.
Line searches in Swift X-ray spectra. The Astrophysical Journal 679 (1), 587 DOI: 10.1086/586881 (2008)
C.P. Hurkett, J.P. Osborne, K.L. Page, E. Rol, M.R. Goad, PT O'Brien, et al.
GRB 050505: a high-redshift burst discovered by Swift. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 368 (3), 1101-1109 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2006.10188.x (2006)
P.T. O'Brien, R. Willingale, J. Osborne, M.R. Goad, K.L. Page, S. Vaughan, et al.
The early X-ray emission from GRBs. The Astrophysical Journal 647 (2), 1213 DOI: 10.1086/505457 (2006)
A. Nousek, C. Kouveliotou, D. Grupe, K.L. Page, J. Granot, E. Ramirez-Ruiz, et al.
Evidence for a canonical gamma-ray burst afterglow light curve in the Swift XRT data. The Astrophysical Journal 642 (1), 389. DOI: 10.1086/500724 (2006)
N. Gehrels, C.L. Sarazin, P.T. O'Brien, B. Zhang, L. Barbier, S.D. Barthelmy, et al.
A short gamma-ray burst apparently associated with an elliptical galaxy at redshift z= 0.225. Nature 437 (7060), 851-854 DOI: 10.1038/nature04142 (2005)
Editor of New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences (2016-);
Editor of Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics (2013-);
University of Leicester: University Distinguished Teaching Fellow (2019);
HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (Winner, 2017)
HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (Finalist, 2016)
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education;
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy