# Professor Les Kirkup

### Biography

Les Kirkup was born in the UK. He studied for degrees in England and Scotland before joining UTS in 1990. He is currently a professor in the School of Physics and Advanced Materials at UTS. He is committed to educational research and development as well as discipline-based research.

Les is particularly keen on cross-disciplinary collaboration. While at UTS he has collaborated with chemists, psychophysiologists, engineers, mathematicians, journalists and education researchers. One of his most well known collaborations involved the "Mind Switch" (a system for detecting and utilising the electrical activity of the brain).

He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and written four books for undergraduates. A second edition of the text: "Data Analysis for the Physical Sciences" was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

Many of his educational development activities have focused on enhancing the student experience in laboratories. He also has a particular interest in developing activities to engage students required to study physics, but who do not intend to major in physics. His contributions to connecting undergraduates to research at UTS were recognised in 2012 by the award of the UTS Medal for Teaching and Research Integration. His contributions to teaching and learning were recognised nationally in 2007 with the award of a Carrick Associate Fellowship and again in 2011 with the award of an ALTC National Teaching Fellowship.

### Professional

Les is a member of the Australian Institute of Physics and the Metrology Society of Australia. He continues to collaborate with the National Measurement Institute (NMI).

He also collaborates nationally with physics academics on teaching and learning issues (recently supported by national grants).

Those academics are drawn from many universities including Sydney University, Curtin University, ANU, QUT and Flinders University.

**Adjunct Professor,**Faculty of Science

**Associate Member,**CHT - Centre for Health Technologies

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### Research Interests

Les's interests span discipline based physics as well as research and development into teaching and learning. He has a history of instrument development and has collaborated widely in this area (for example with psychophysiologists).

He has also developed systems, for example, to study the degradation of laser diodes when they are subjected to current stressing. He has published in an eclectic range of journals including Journal of Chromatography A, Journal of Applied Physics, Metrologia, Review of Scientific Instruments and Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing.

He has also published extensively in physics education journals (such as the European Journal of Physics) and has presented his work both nationally and internationally and through invited seminars.

Les coordinates and teaches physics to students who are planning to major in the biological, medical or environmental sciences. Areas he has taught at senior levels to physics students include, electronics, advanced measurement and data analysis techniques, materials physics and vacuum physics.

## Books

*Data Analysis for Physical Scientists*, 2nd, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

*Data analysis for physical scientists: Featuring excel*.

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*An Introduction to Uncertainty in Measurement Using the GUM (Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement)*, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

*Data Analysis with Excel*, 1st, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

## Chapters

*Transforming Institutions Undergraduate STEM Education for the 21st Century*, Purdue University Press, USA, pp. 208-219.

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*Inquiry-Based Learning for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Programs A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators*, Emerald Group Publishing, pp. 41-58.

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## Conferences

*Proceedings of the Annual HERDSA Conference 2010: Reshaping Higher Education*, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc. (HERDSA), Melbourne, NSW, Australia.

*Proceedings of the 16th UniServe Science Annual Conference, 2010*, Uniserve Science Annual Conference, Uniserve Science, Sydney, pp. 98-103.

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*UniServe Science Conference, Motivating Science Undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions*, UniServe Science Conference, Motivating Science Undergraduates: Ideas and, The University of Sydney, The University of Sydney, pp. 146-151.

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*Australian Institute of Physics, 18th National Congress*, Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics, Australian Institute of Physics, Adelaide, pp. 135-138.

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*Australian Institute of Physics, 18th National Congress*, Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics, Australian Institute of Physics, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 131-134.

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*Australian Institute of Physics, 18th National Congress*, Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics, Australian Institute of Physics, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 155-158.

*Visualisation & Concept Development*, Uniserv Science, Sydney, Australia, pp. 177-181.

*UniServe Science Symposium Proceedings*, Uniserve Science Symposium, UniServe Science, The University of Sydney, pp. 35-40.

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*UniServe Science Symposium Proceedings*, UniServe Science Symposium, UniServe Science, Unversity of Sydney, pp. 133-138.

*Australian Institute of Physics, 18th National Congress*, Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics, Australian Institute of Physics, Adelaide, pp. 143-146.

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*Uniserve Science: Science teaching and learning research, including threshold concepts*, Science teaching and learning research, including threshold concepts, Uniserve Science, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, pp. 46-51.

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*Proceedings of the 31st Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting*, Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting, Australian National University, Wagga Wagga, Australia, pp. 1-3.

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*PROCEEDINGS OF ISES SOLAR WORLD CONGRESS 2007: SOLAR ENERGY AND HUMAN SETTLEMENT, VOLS I-V*, pp. 1478-1483.

*Biomems And Nanotechnology Ii*, Conference on BioMEMS and Nanotechnology II, Spie-Int Society Optical Engineering, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA, pp. 3604-3604.

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*Proceedings of Scholarly Inquiry into Science Teaching and Learning*, Scholarly Insuity into Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, Uniserve Science, Sydney, Australia, pp. 24-29.

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*MSA 2004 Valuing Metrology*, MSA Conference, Metrology Society of Australia, Moorabin, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 21-25.

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*EMAC 2003 proceedings*, Enfineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, Engineering Mathemactis Groups ANZIAM. Australia, Sydney, Australia, pp. 97-102.

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*Proceedings of Improving Learning Outcomes Through Flexible Science Teaching*, Uniserve Science Symposium, Uniserve Science, Sydney, Australia, pp. 37-42.

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*Remarkable Delta '03 Communications*, Southern Hemisphere Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Teaching and Learning, International Delta Steering Committee, Queenstown, New Zealand, pp. 282-288.

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*EMAC 2003 Proceedings*, Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, Engineering Mathematics Group ANZIAM Australia, Sydney, Australia, pp. 295-301.

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*IFMBE proceedings of Medicon 2001, IX Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing*, Medicon 2001, IX Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Pula, Croatia, pp. 704-707.

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*HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION - INTERACT '97*, pp. 4-10.

*OPTICAL MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND SOLAR ENERGY CONVERSION X*, pp. 29-36.

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*PHYSICS AND MATERIALS SCIENCE OF HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTORS*, pp. 445-456.

## Journal articles

*European Journal of Physics*, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 1-9.

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*International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education*, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 1-13.

*Australian Physics*, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 51-55.

*International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education*, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 66-78.

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*International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education*, vol. 23, no. 5.

*International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education*, vol. 23, no. 6.

*Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry*, vol. 26, no. 7, pp. 1494-1501.

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*International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education*, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 1-15.

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*European Journal of Physics*, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 1061-1070.

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*Review of Scientific Instruments*, vol. 79, pp. 1-3.

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*European Journal of Physics*, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 59-72.

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*Australian Physics*, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 21-24.

*Journal Of Applied Physics*, vol. 101, no. 2, pp. 1-6.

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*Review Of Scientific Instruments*, vol. 77, no. 4, pp. 1-3.

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*Metrologia*, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 27-30.

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*Journal Of Chromatography A*, vol. 1029, no. 1-2, pp. 1-11.

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*Journal Of Chromatography A*, vol. 1030, no. 1-2, pp. 25-31.

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*Journal Of Safety Research*, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 321-328.

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*Chromatographia*, vol. 58, no. 5-6, pp. 343-348.

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*Medical & Biomedical Engineering & Computing*, vol. 40, no. N/A, pp. 588-593.

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*European Journal Of Physics*, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 483-487.

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*Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation*, vol. 83, no. N/A, pp. 1455-1458.

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*MEDICAL & BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING & COMPUTING*, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 588-593.

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*Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation*, vol. 83, no. 10, pp. 1455-1458.

*Medical & Biological Engineering &Computing*, vol. 39, pp. 672-677.

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*Medical & Biological Engineering &Computing*, vol. 39, pp. 434-440.

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*Applied Ergonomics*, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 377-382.

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*Physiological Measurement*, vol. 21, no. 0, pp. 183-271.

*PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT*, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 271-283.

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*Physiological Measurement*, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 103-114.

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*Technology and Disability*, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 187-194.

*Physiological Measurement*, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 213-224.

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*Physics Education*, vol. 33, pp. 302-305.

*Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing*, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 504-509.

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*Search*, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 212-214.

*Search*, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 212-214.

*Review Of Scientific Instruments*, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 2044-2047.

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*Measurement Science & Technology*, vol. 3, no. 12, pp. 1141-1145.

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*Review Of Scientific Instruments*, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 2328-2329.

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*Journal Of Physics E-scientific Instruments*, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 21-23.

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*European Journal of Physics*, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-4.

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*European Journal of Physics*, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 64-68.

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*New Scientist*, vol. 115, no. 1574, pp. 61-61.

*European Journal of Physics*, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 93-97.

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*Physics Education*, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 384-385.

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*American Journal Of Physics*, vol. 54, no. 10, pp. 918-920.

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*New Scientist*, vol. 111, no. 1518, pp. 63-63.

*Computer Applications In The Biosciences*, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 277-282.

*Physics Education*, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 107-110.

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*Physics Education*, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 249-252.

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*European Journal of Physics*, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 49-51.

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*Physics Education*, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 142-145.

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## Reports

*Matching the background of demonstrators with those of their students: does it make a difference?*, no. ISBN 978-1-76028-661-3.

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*Matching the background of demonstrators with those of their students: does it make a difference?*.

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*Inquiry-oriented learning in science: Transforming practice through forging new partnerships and perspectives*, pp. 1-97, Sydney.

*Good Practice Guide (Science): Threshold Learning Outcome - Inquiry and Problem Solving*, pp. 1-37, Sydney.

**Selected Peer-Assessed Projects**