Dr Yurgos Politis, Research Project Manager/Researcher
Yurgos Politis completed a 4-year Physics degree at the University of Athens and qualified as a Physics teacher. He then did a Masters in Education and a PhD in Physics Education. He gained useful research experience and skills throughout his training. He has since gained teaching experience at both second and third level. He has worked at Schools of Physics and Education in UCD, NUI Galway, UCC and IT Tralee as a teaching and research assistant and postdoctoral researcher.
He has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies using questionnaires with small and large scale samples as well as interviews. He has expertise in using SPSS and STATA and has statistical experience in producing descriptive and regression analysis. He has presented his work at several conferences and has published book chapters, journal articles and reports.
He has engaged in outreach activities that promote Physics to students and the general public. He was actively involved at ‘Open Days’ in Schools of Physics at UCD and NUI Galway, showing to the 4th and 5th year second level pupils how physics can be fun and exciting. That was followed by work on ‘Lab on the Lorry’, where the goal was the same, but the target audience was 11 to 14-year old pupils. He also had been involved in reviving the science society in UCD, which is the second oldest society in this university. Moreover, he was a volunteer Maths teacher at the National Greek Institute for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing in Athens, Greece.
He was a member of a team of early career researchers that applied for and secured funding from ESF to host a conference in Dublin in April 2013, entitled “Higher Education and Society: Implications and effects”. The colloquium aimed at emphasizing the linkages between the theoretical, methodological and empirical issues under discussion and present specific examples from the EuroHESC CRPs (Collaborative Research Projects).
He is a member of the executive committee of ECHER (Early Career Higher Education Researchers’ network) and a member of the Institute of Physics.