This is the professional website for Julia Heathcote, a lecturer in biology.
I teach A Level Biology at a large further education college in London. In my most recent role I was Curriculum Leader in Biology within the Science department, teaching A Level Biology, HND Applied Biology, Access to HE and BTEC Applied Science at levels 2-3. I especially enjoy teaching evolution, genetics and animal behaviour, and will take any opportunity to get my students outdoors to experience biology as an active, practical subject.
I take an interest in issues of equality and diversity in science. I am committed to widening participation in all the sciences, and demolishing the stereotype that biology is a "soft" or "feminine" subject. I celebrate the contributions of female and BME scientists, and seek to show my students that science is done by people like them. Politically, I am interested in the reforms to A Level exams and the professional status of teachers in the FE sector. Having studied a subject with a large component of fieldwork, I am also following the recent published data on assaults of female students in particular in these subjects, and am keen to ensure the safety of students who go into the field-based sciences.
I am married to the ever-patient Paul, who has accepted into his life the sheer volume of dinosaur-themed rubbish, and who pretends not to mind me keeping 150 primitive and/or dangerous plants in pots outside the back door. We have a rather supermassive leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius) called Jabba, and a belligerent Argentine horned frog (Ceratophrys ornata) called Hypnotoad.