Stephen Jones

Staff Tutor

I joined The Open University in 2014 as a Staff Tutor based in Manchester and I manage engineering modules within four regions of the UK.

I graduated in Physics from the University of Wales. As a post-graduate, I completed a masters degree within the Ionospheric Physics Group but then chose to transfer to study for a doctorate in high temperature gas dynamics. My Ph.D. was sponsored by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. and following its completion I joined NNC Ltd. as a Senior Engineer. I was responsible for aspects of the pre-operational safety case for Sizewell 'B' Nuclear Power Station, in particular, the mathematical modelling of the effectiveness of containment within the auxiliary building. I was fortunate to work within a strong team and we published a number of collaborative research papers during this time.  I also worked on projects as a consultant to the European Commission.

After seven years, following the submission of the safety report to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, I left NNC Ltd., and completed a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (Secondary) at MMU. I then spent nineteen years within the tertiary education sector at South Cheshire College in Cheshire, as Head of Physics, Head of Department for Science and Mathematics and STEM Faculty Quality Manager. My role incorporated the cross-College role of managing the HE provision and, as a consequence, I was responsible for all aspects of the provision from data analysis, through assessment of teaching and learning, to staff development. Whilst in this role, I led the College's successful encounter with the HE quality assurance process, IQER, as it was at the time.

As a post-graduate at Aberystwyth University, I joined the Ionospheric Physics Research Group researching the possibility of electric currents flowing within the ionosphere at mid-latitudes during periods of magnetic disturbance.

For my doctorate, I investigated the propagation of detonation waves through foils and water sprays and their consequential damaging potential. British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. were concerned with the risk associated with the potential propagation of gaseous detonation or shock waves between nuclear fuel storage cans within the cooling ponds at Sellafield. During the three years, I spent a considerable amount of time on-site analysing experimental data.

I spent many years teaching A Level physics within the tertiary educational environment. However, as my role within the College changed, I began to broaden my teaching portfolio and started to lecture on the new foundation degrees in engineering and science. Within these qualifications, I specialised in the delivery of thermodynamics and fluid dynamics.

Since joining The Open University, I have joined the production team for the new level 1 engineering modules. In addition, I am Module Chair for T198. My first experience of summer schools was teaching on TXR220 and was most enjoyable.

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