About me

Barbara Gabrys

I’m an experimental physicist by training, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) and a fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Over almost three decades I’ve fruitfully collaborated with, and presented to, English, Japanese, German, French, American and Polish scientists; travelling the world for work and vacation yet frequently out of my linguistic comfort zone. Nonetheless, such exposure made me realised that I enjoy doing both original research and facilitating communication for others; so much so that in my last position as Academic Advisor at the University of Oxford I co-founded the professional development programme, ‘Building a Successful Career in the Sciences’.

I have substantial experience in exploring different science disciplines via teaching, learning and research activities. I taught and tutored at undergraduate level, at several Higher Education Institutions, a range of subjects from physics through mathematics to computing.  In the years 2008–2014 I taught postgraduates and early career academics across Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, advising on various aspects of academic life.

I am a lead author of the textbook How to succeed as a scientist: from postdoc to professor, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. I am an OxTALENT winner for use of technology in learning spaces, and have been awarded University of Oxford Teaching Award, in 2010. I studied part-time for and was awarded a Diploma in Teaching and Course Design in Higher Education by the Institute of Education of the University of London in 1990.