Teaching and Learning

A group for everyone involved in or interested in the teaching and learning of ecological science and related disciplines.


Secretaries: Lesley Batty, Dan Forman and Alice Mauchline

Social media: @BES_TLSIG

Website:  Teaching and Learning pages


Whether its professional support for teaching staff or sharing good practice and ideas in pedagogy, this group aims to support those who teach and learn ecological sciences, in the classroom, the field and lab. We welcome everyone to the group, wherever in the world they may be, to join in the discussions and networks.

Join the mailing list

To keep up to date with the latest news and activities of the group, please join the Jisc mailing list. The list is used by the growing community to advertise events, post job information and make requests.

Join the committee

We have two exciting opportunities available on our committee, outlined below. This is an exciting time to join the committee as we head into our third full year of activities.

Early Careers Representative
As the Early Careers Rep you will be responsible for

  • Developing teaching and learning activities/events for those at an early career stage
  • Representing the interests of Early Career members on the committee
  • Contributing to the strategy of the SIG
  • Actively contributing to committee meetings
  • Acting as an ambassador for the SIG outside the BES

Schools Representative
As the Schools Representative you will be responsible for

  • Identifying and improving the links between School and Higher Education in relation to SIG activities and events
  • Represent the interests of School level ecology learning and teaching on the committee
  • Helping develop relevant ecological activities and resources for teachers and their students in schools and colleges
  • Contributing to the strategy of the SIG
  • Actively contributing to committee meetings
  • Acting as an ambassador for the SIG outside the BES

To Apply
If you are interested in joining our committee, please send a cover letter detailing your motivations and commitment to the role, together with any relevant experience to Lesley Batty by Midday (GMT) 25 March 2020.

Applications will be passed to the T&L SIG committee, who will decide on appointments. Decisions will be made by Thursday 9 April, with a start date by 01 May 2020 at the latest.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our Blog

You can read our blog and find out more about our events and SIG activity through our website


  • Increase BES membership through providing specific and relevant events for teaching based ecologists e.g. Teaching Fellows, ecologists within other disciplines, schools and CPD providers
  • Support the sharing of best practice in teaching and learning of ecology and related disciplines by hosting annual symposia
  • Provide a professional support network for ecologists with strong teaching /learning focus who may not otherwise access discipline specific support
  • Work with support of the BES Policy and Education committees in order to contribute to HE and schools policy related consultations
  • Provide support and mentoring for PhD students developing their teaching skills

Events and Meetings

Information about all upcoming events can be found on the Events page.


Our committee includes the following,   you can see full profiles of all representatives through our webpages

Lead secretary: Lesley Batty (@EVS_Bham)

Co-secretaries: Alice Mauchline (@alicemauchline), Dan Forman

Treasurer:  Barbara Tigar

Events: Karen Bacon (@KarenL_Bacon)

Communications: Becky Thomas (@BeckyMicrocebus), Julia Cooke (@CookeJulia)

Equality and Diversity: Yoseph Araya (@YNAraya), Zen Lewis (@Zen_of_Science)

HE Policy: Julie Peacock (@juliepeacock06), Nick Worsfold

ECR representative: Lewis Bartlett (@BeesAndBaking) , Arron Watson (@Arronwatson86)